Bay of Islands Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Bay of Islands

Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock

4.5 star rating: Recommended 302 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Wild and lonely Cape Brett is a remote location on the scenic back road leading along the coast from Russell. Along the route is the traditional Maori village of Rawhiti, the starting point for ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 234 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The little town of Waitangi looms large in New Zealand’s national psyche. It was here in 1840 that the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed by local Maori chiefs and representatives of Queen ...  Read more

Ninety Mile Beach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 162 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The North Island’s Ninety Mile Beach runs northwards along the west coast near Kaitaia all the way to Cape Reinga on New Zealand’s northernmost tip. This seemingly endless stretch of wave-lapped ...  Read more

Cape Reinga

4.5 star rating: Recommended 160 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The northern end of Ninety Mile Beach is lit by the flashing beacon of Cape Reinga lighthouse. Lighting the point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, the remote lighthouse has an ...  Read more

Haruru Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

What the Haruru Falls lack in height, they more than make up for in beauty, especially when floodlit at night. The falls are wide but relatively low at 16.5 feet (five meters), which makes for ...  Read more

Paihia Harbour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 583 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The resort town of Paihia services the villages and islands of the Bay of Islands. Boasting the area’s best accommodation and restaurants, Paihia Harbour is the ideal place to base yourself ...  Read more

Bay of Islands Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Bay of Islands is a corner of the world that was meant to be explored by boat. This was the first part of the North Island to be settled by Europeans, and you can see from the islands and ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

By the bay and on a river, the fertile town of Kerikeri is a historic little town with a swag of natural attractions. Walkways follow the course of the Kerikeri River as it meanders inland from ...  Read more

Puketi Rainforest

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

For as much attention as the Bay of Islands receives for its empty beaches and coves, one of the best sights near the Bay of Islands has nothing to do with the water. Rather, the Puketi rainforest is ...  Read more

Stone Store

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

As the oldest stone building in New Zealand, Stone Store at Kerikeri has seen its share of history. Since the mid-1990s, Stone Store has been a part of a small museum, along with the neighboring ...  Read more

Kauri Museum

While the name might suggest that this is a site solely dedicated to trees, the Kauri Museum in New Zealand’s Northland also offers a fascinating look at the nation’s early pioneers. It is true that ...  Read more

Pompallier Mission and Printery

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When Europeans were first beginning to establish settlements in New Zealand, a race was on between British and French for who would have the most influence. While the Protestant British would ...  Read more

Te Paki

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Located on the Aupouri Peninsula, Te Paki is the northernmost region in New Zealand and hosts one of the nation’s most diverse ecosystems. It’s home to rare–and endangered–flora and fauna, such as ...  Read more

Whangarei Falls

Spilling 85 feet over a wide cliff face, Whangarei Falls is often referred to as the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand. This three-ribboned, curtain waterfall is the perfect place for a ...  Read more

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