Northland and Bay of Islands New Zealand – Just NZ

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Drive Times

About The Region

A typical day in the Bay of Islands would include a cruise famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, dolphin & whale watching, a trip to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and possibly an afternoon stroll along the beach. This large area of offshore islands is the perfect spot to charter a boat, hire a kayak or take a cruise to enjoy this magnificent maritime playground.

“Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike.”

— The Owner Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Attractions + Events


  • The safe, sandy beaches at Orewa & Mangawhai.
  • The hot springs of Waiwera and vineyards of Matakana & Warkworth.
  • 26 m high Whangarei Falls, arguably NZ’s most photographed waterfall.
  • AH Reed Memorial Kauri park with its 500 yr old Kauri trees and treetop boardwalk – Whangarei.
  • Diving around the highly acclaimed Poor Knight Islands, accessed from Tutukaka.
  • Cruising through the 144 islands that make up the beautiful Bay of Islands.
  • Sweeping views over the Bay of Islands from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  • Indulge in locally grown kiwifruit, grapes, avocados & oranges around Kerikeri.
  • Dive the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior.
  • Doubtless Bay is famous for excellent surf cast fishing & golden beaches.
  • Dec-Jan the coastline is ablaze with the brilliant red flowers of the Pohutukawa tree.
  • Wild & natural 90 Mile Beach, perfect for fishing and sand tobogganing.
  • Moody Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.
  • Waipoua Kauri Forest with its walking tracks to giants such as 2,000 year old Tane Mahutu standing 52 m high & 14 m wide.


Visit Northland and the Bay of Islands attend one of the many local events in this region.

  • 10th – 12th July 2015
    New Zealand Fashion WeekRussell Birdman Festival
  • 7th – 9th August 2015
    Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival
  • 23rd October 2015
    Coastal Classic – annual yacht race from Auckland to Russell
  • 6th February 2016
    Waitangi Day Celebrations , Bay of Islands


Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Auckland Paihia (via East Coast) 240 kms 3hrs 20 mins
Auckland Paihia (via West Coast) 370 kms 5 hrs 30 mins
Auckland Whangarei 167 kms 2 hrs 15 mins
Whangarei Paihia 66 kms 1 hr