Where is the Bay of Islands in New Zealand?
New Zealand has two islands – the North Island and South Island.
The South Island is well known for its alpine beauty – scenic spots such as Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound.
The North Island is home to the capital city in Wellington and further north, Auckland – The City Of Sails.
The Bay of Islands is on the north-east coast of the north island.
Drive: The Bay of Islands is approximately 3.5hours drive north of Auckland on the east coast. Nearby the Bay of Islands are other stunning coastal regions such as Tutukaka, Doubtless Bay and the Cavalli Islands.
Fly: Air New Zealand flys direct to Bay of Islands Airport in Kerikeri (approximately 40 minutes).
Salt Air also have scheduled flights between Bay of Islands, Auckland and Whangarei.
By Sea: You can cruise up the coast under sail or by motor vessel from Auckland. Whilst it can be done in a day, most people take time to stop at marinas and havens along the way as the coastline between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is stunning.
What’s so good about the Bay of Islands?
It is one of the country’s most popular destinations, particularly in summer months. The beauty of the landscape combined with the allure of the waterways means there is plenty to see and do around the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is home to some of the most prestigious property in the country. Those who live here can enjoy a superb lifestyle and diverse community. The area has attracted people from all around the world.
Here are a few reasons why people love the Bay of Islands:
Natural beauty – beaches fringed by blue water, rolling green hills, islands, coastlines, clear blue skies and star-filled nights.
Moderate climate – the climate is fabulous, offering four distinct seasons. Summer days are stunning with temperatures around the mid-high 20’s. Winter days are crisp but we only see a couple of mild frosts a year. You can enjoy the waterways at any time and some people do swim year-round.
Leisure – sailing, fishing, golfing, horse riding, quad biking, para-sailing, sky diving, cycling, yoga and wellbeing, fabulous walking, painting, photography, arts and crafts, movies, dining out and an array of clubs and organisations to enjoy and enthuse.
Accommodation – The Bay of Islands offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in the country, if not the world.
For visitors there is everything from camping, campervans, boats, apartments and holiday homes to guest-hosted and five-star, luxurious retreats.
For those who live here, the selection of property is as diverse as the population –architecturally designed, contemporary waterfront estates, to colonial-style bungalows with white picket fences. There are traditional timber holiday homes and modern rendered-brick homes.
You can live in a close-knit environment or on a secluded headland. Even the dream of island life could be a reality here.
History and culture – Historical Trails highlight the history of the area. For a young country, New Zealand has some fascinating tales.
Gourmet produce – locally grown fresh produce, Farmers’ Markets, seafood straight from the ocean, waterfront cafes and restaurants, barbecues, picnics and al fresco dining, chocolate, fudge and cheese factories, wineries where the ‘vines meet the sea’.
The Bay of Islands offers relaxed, coastal living within easy access of the city and international airport – the best of all worlds.