The subtropical beauty of The Bay of Islands NZ is an extremely popular holiday destination. It’s known for its stunning coastal scenery and wildlife; its warm waters, sandy beaches and beautiful islands. A favourite fishing and boating playground, the Bay of Islands has 144 islands in the ‘winterless’ north of the North Island. Renowned for its diverse marine life, the Bay of Islands is rated one of the world’s best cruising spots and is world famous for its big game fishing.
Visit the Bay of Islands and you’ll find some of the most beautiful coastlines in New Zealand, an abundance of white sand beaches, and plentiful seafood – snapper, John Dory, mussels and kina (sea eggs). It’s also the home of the annual 120-mile Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race.
A Bay of Islands Cruise is the ultimate way to experience the 144 Islands in all their splendour. One of the more versatile activities on the water, most people take the opportunity to explore the islands and get in some snorkelling, kayaking, fishing or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
There are 144 islands in our sheltered bay, giving a rich texture to the seascape and providing opportunities for peaceful anchorages and island walks on some of the larger islands, such as Urupukapuka, Roberton Island (Motuarohia), Motukiekie and Waewaetorea. The Bay of Islands is famous for fishing. American author Zane Grey immortalised the Bay with “Tales of the Angler’s Eldorado” published in the late 1920s. Bay of Islands Fishing is some of the best in New Zealand with numerous fishing charter boats offering half day snapper fishing, full day kingfish and gamefish experiences, and longer private charters.