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Bay of Islands Holidays

With over 140 beautiful islands and countless bays and coves, much of the Bay of Islands extensive coastline remains untouched.

To the north of Auckland lies the Bay of Islands - an aquatic playground for adventure activities. Head over to the west to stand in awe of the majestic kauri tree forests then continue north and experience the splendour of two oceans colliding.

In the beautiful Bay of Islands you can swim with dolphins, take a boat cruise, go diving or fishing, or simply settle back for some hard earned relaxation in the glorious sun. One of New Zealand's most important historical sites can also be visited here. Waitangi is the seat of Maori culture where New Zealand's founding document was signed so be sure to take time out to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To see the biggest kauri tree in existence, head to the west coast for an encounter with the magnificent Tane Mahuta. Follow this with a trip north to Hokianga Harbour and Ninety Mile Beach to see vast white sand dunes and to experience the laid-back beach communities in the area. Venture on and at the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, you will have the opportunity to watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.

What to do in Bay of Islands

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Bay of Islands.

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Places to stay in Bay of Islands

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Bay of Islands holiday.

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Recommended experiences

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There are 6 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

Cultural New Zealand

Cultural New Zealand

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £4,459 per person

Soak up New Zealand's Maori culture and history, sample delicious wines and relax in the picturesque Bay of Islands.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
New Zealand voyage

New Zealand Voyage

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £5,449 per person

Discover all that New Zealand has to offer on this 17 day itinerary, taking you through the heart of this spectacular country.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

North Island Wanderer

9 Day Self Drive
From £821 per person

Discover the best of the North Island on this easy to follow self drive, with a co-pilot kit to guide you along the way.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

APT New Zealand Wonderland

17 Day Escorted Tour
From £6,499 per person

Discover the best of New Zealand on this comprehensive 17 day escorted tour of both the north and south islands.

Great for
  • Escorted tours
  • Food & wine
  • Wildlife & nature

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Wellington

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Tongariro National Park

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