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Summer Bay of Islands

If you are fortunate enough to find yourself visiting the Bay of Islands on the north-east coast of New Zealand this summer, you can look forward to:

Exploring by water
The Bay of Islands is stunning from the water.  Whether you prefer sailing or a high speed adventure, there are boating trips to suit all tastes.  Over the summer months many cruisers of the world make their way to this region for a reason.  Why not join them by chartering your own boat to discover the best of the Bay of Islands – pristine beaches, beautiful waterways , fishing, diving, swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking – and all in a family-friendly, natural environment.

Tasting the local fare
Head to the Farmers Market or seek out the local suppliers such as The Russell SmokehouseMahoe Cheese and Matakana Chocolates.  Summer is a great time for a picnic on the beach or take shade beneath a pohutukawa tree.  Spend some time at one of the cafes soaking in the sun and don’t miss the coffee cart at Long Beach – what a view.

Toasting the view 
Dress for summer and head to the waterfront of Paihia or Russell for a sundowner and bite to eat.  Be one of the first to sample the new Charlotte’s Kitchen in Paihia, due to open any day now…  Enjoy the original watering hole of the bay – The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and the magical sunset views from the waterfront in Russell.

Stepping into nature
One of the best ways to experience the native bird and plant life is to take in a walk.  There are tracks along the beaches, coasts and into the Kauri forests.  Check out the information centres or the Department of Conservation website for walks in the greater Bay of Islands area.

Enjoy on-land activities with heritage trails and cultural centres, museums, cinemas, shops, artists, wineries, scenic drives and world-class golf courses such as Kauri Cliffs to experience.

Have a great visit and if you require any assistance with luxury accommodation or property for sale in the Bay of Islands this summer, please feel free to contact me on 0212 444 888 or email charlie@luxuryrealestate.co.nz.