The Bay of Islands is one of the most beatuiful parts of New Zealand, and has 144 islands. It can also claim to be the birth place of New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi, a treaty between the European settlers and the Maori people, was formal signed at Waitangi in 1840. Also Russell was the first capital of New Zealand.
The Bay of Islands with its warm climate and water based activities is a popular destination for New Zealand holiday makers and international tourist. Water based activities include scenic cruises, sea kayaking, world class fishing and diving, and swimming with dolphins.
The main towns of the Bay of Island are Paihia, Waitangi, Russell, and Kerikeri. There is a broad range of accommodation in the Bay of Island, as well as attractions and activities, places to eat, and entertainment for all ages.