The Bay of Islands is small, beautiful and offers plenty of history. You will find this dream destination on the far north region of the North Island. There’s no lack of breathtaking views, amazing marine life, great local food and adventure-filled activities. Make the most of this beautiful area with peer-to-peer motorhome rental, and read about some of the highlights the area has to offer.
A great way to explore the Bay of Islands, is by boat. There are 144 different islands in the Bay and exploring the area on a boat gives you an unforgettable opportunity to appreciate New Zealand’s iconic beauty. Here, you can watch the dolphins swim, take a fishing excursion or you can just relax, soaking in the sun. There are plenty of options for cruises, and the town of Paihia is the best location to charter a boat for your nautical experience.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds
If you are interested in history, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where New Zealand officially became a nation. Waitangi Day is one of New Zealand’s national holidays and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Gain insight into New Zealand’s history when you explore the grounds, meeting rooms and museum.
Take a ferry or water taxi from Paihia and spend a day exploring Urupukapuka Island, the largest island in the bay. Get amongst nature and explore the walking trails, stunning beaches, abundant bird life and fabulous views of the Bay of Islands. Project Island Song, one of New Zealand’s conservation restoration programs, has released several rare, native songbird species on the island. Make sure to listen for the North Island robin, North Island saddleback and whitehead birds.
New Zealand is home to plenty of beautiful waterfalls, but one of the most dramatic is Rainbow Falls. These falls are an easy walk from the carpark in Kerikeri. Rainbow Falls is an incredible 27 metres in height, cascading down the side of lush cliffs in a magical display of nature. Be sure to plan ahead. It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic.
If your travels bring you to New Zealand, take time to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands. With a campervan or motorhome for hire, you can tour the country the Kiwi-way. Get off the beaten track and explore our awe-inspiring landscapes and towns. At Mighway, we make it easy to plan your dream trip. To begin your New Zealand journey, contact us today.