The Bay of Islands is one of the most popular destinations in all New Zealand with backpackers and locals alike.
Mile after mile of beach and rocky coastline surround the bay, which is dotted with 144 islands. It’s hugely popular
as a summer retreat and getaway for those around Auckland. But the beauty and countless activities in the Bay of
Islands draws tons of backpackers who want to enjoy the beaches, dolphin sightseeing, fishing trips, or sea
kayaking. Place To Visit:
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Motukokako Island / Piercy Island
Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
Cape Brett Peninsula
The Stone Store
Motuarohia Island / Roberton Island
How To Reach Bay of IslandsBy Driving: The Bay of Islands is a pleasant three-hour drive north of Auckland via the east coast
highway. Alternatively, you can take the less-travelled Kauri Coast route via the Hokianga on the way
there or back. By Air: Flights are a quick 40 minute journey from Auckland, making your journey to the Bay of Islands
quick and hassle-free. The closest airport is at Kerikeri, 23km northwest of Paihia and airport transfers
can be arranged at the airport or via most hotels.