Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands, photo by Fuadounet
Bay of Islands (photo by Fuadounet)
 

The Bay of Islands is located off the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s North Island.

The region is rich in history as the place where the first missionaries settled in the early nineteenth century.  It is also rich in outdoor activities on both water and land, including kayaking and bushwalking through ancient forests.

The Bay is made up of three islands:

1. Paihia. Known as the jewel of the region, with safe waters and superb beaches, Paihia is a base for exploring the Bay of Islands.

2. Kerikeri. Overflows with orchards and galleries, fruit and art. Along the roadside, orchards sell their oranges, kiwi fruit and avocados

3. Opua. For those arriving by sea, the Opua port is where the boats live – yachts, launches, ferries and runabouts of every description

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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Tapeka View

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Tapeka View is situated in Russell, 1.1 km from Flagstaff Hill. Long Beach is 1.5 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

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The White House

Just 100-metres from the Russell waterfront, The White House boasts BBQ facilities. Built in the 1840s, this luxurious property features free WiFi, a fireplace and lovely garden views. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$323 - $225

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Titore Lodge

Located 10 minutes' walk from Russell's bars, restaurants and cafes, Titore Lodge offers rooms with free WiFi and a private patio. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$156

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Russell Top 10 Holiday Park

Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park is a 4-star holiday park centrally located in Russell, Bay of Islands. The property is within walking distance of local restaurants, heritage buildings, and the beachfront. Free WiFi and free on-site parking is provided. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$66

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Bellrock Lodge

Just 450 metres from Kororareka Bay, Bellrock Lodge offers studios with a private balcony and lovely bay and town views. It features free Wi-Fi, plus free diving, fishing and snorkelling equipment hire. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$173 - $194

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Kokomo Retreat

Kokomo Retreat

Kokomo Retreat offers access to a private beach area with a range of activities including fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. For your relaxation, the property also features a hot tub. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111

$111-
The Sails

The Sails

Featuring free WiFi, The Sails is situated in Russell, 200 metres from Flagstaff Hill. Christ church is 600 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$118

$118-
Villa Du Fresne

Villa Du Fresne

Villa Du Fresne is located on the waterfront in Russell, overlooking a cliff. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home. The accommodation will provide you with a terrace and a seating area. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$126

$126-
Russell Beach Apartments - Kereru Suite

Russell Beach Apartments - Kereru Suite

Located 200 metres from Flagstaff Hill in Russell, this air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi. The property is 400 metres from Christ church and free private parking is offered. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$138

$138-
Russell Beach Apartments - Tui Suite

Russell Beach Apartments - Tui Suite

Offering a barbecue, Russell Beach Apartments - Tui Suite is situated in Russell. Flagstaff Hill is 200 metres from the property. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$145

$145-
Titore Lodge

Titore Lodge

Located 10 minutes' walk from Russell's bars, restaurants and cafes, Titore Lodge offers rooms with free WiFi and a private patio. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$156

$156-
Kereru Cottage Russell

Kereru Cottage Russell

Offering free WiFi, garden views and free on-site parking, Kereru Cottage is located in central Russell. You can enjoy your breakfast in the dining room or on the communal patio. Each room offers tea/coffee making facilities. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$159

$159-

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Waitangi

Located on Paihia island, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds were gifted to the nation by Lord and Lady Bledisloe in 1932. The Waitangi National Trust Treaty Grounds give a unique and fascinating insight into New Zealand's historic past. New Zealand's most significant document, The Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed here in 1840 between a few Maori chiefs and the British Crown, and became the basis for life in New Zealand as it is known today.

The Treaty House sits on a vast, peaceful estate which includes a fully carved Maori meeting house, one of the largest Maori war canoes and a Visitor Center and Gallery.
Natural
Hiking and Trekking
Among the best places for forest walking is Puketi Forest. Together with Omahuta Forest, this forms one of the largest contiguous tracts of native forest in New Zealand's Northland. It is home to the fourth largest living kauri (with a height 50.9 m, or 167 ft).

There is good beach walking on Paihia island.
Also of Interest:
Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Museums
Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
Beaches
Kayaking and Canoeing
Waterfalls
Forests

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