The Bay of Islands was proclaimed when Captain James Cook stopped here on his round the world journey in 1769. Anchoring at Roberton Island

Captain Cook made contact with the local Maori People and immediately started trading with them. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a half-hour walk along the beach from Paihia. You can learn more about the original settlers and the local Maori descendants still living here at Waitangi. Observe some of the world’s most massive war canoes in action each year on Waitangi Day. Explore the Bay of Islands on one of the many cruises or chartering a yacht, or hiring a kayak. Big Game fishing at the Bay of Islands is a highlight of the season, with Marlin, Snapper and Kingfish fishing available.

Hotels In Bay of Islands

Kauri Cliffs
Welcome to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a luxury lodge in the Bay of Islands where you can discover the beauty of panoramic views across the untouched coastline and deep blue ocean. The opulent and elegant suites at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs glow in the morning light as the sun rises to reveal panoramic views across the blue Pacific Ocean. Sumptuously designed by Virginia Fisher expressly with you in mind, the spacious Suites, Deluxe Suites and Family Suites offer peace, comfort, and complete relaxation.
Eagles Nest
Multi-award winning New Zealand retreat set within 75 acres atop its own private ridgeline offers spectacular views of the Bay of Islands.Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage. Unlike so many New Zealand luxury hotels, Eagles Nest at Russell in the Bay of Islands also offers the services of its resident personal trainer and spa therapists, ensuring the most indulgent of stays.

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