The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 60 km north-west of Whangarei, it is close to the northern tip of the country.
It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicised it in the 1930s.
Paihia is the main town of the Bay of Islands. With shimmering, safe waters, superb beaches and friendly locals, Paihia is a great place to be based for your Bay of Islands experience. Go fishing, take a relaxing walk along unspoilt beaches or a guided tour through historical sites. If adventure is what you seek, perhaps try skydiving, parasailing, scuba diving or kayaking. Paihia has something for everyone.
Waitangi is one of New Zealand’s most historic sites, being the place where Maori and Europeans joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi on 2 February 1840.
Here, the Treaty was signed by the representatives of the English Crown and a small number of Maori chiefs. The Treaty was then circulated around New Zealand and further Maori chiefs added their signatures to it. The largest signing by chiefs took place at the Mangungu Mission House in Horeke on 12 February 1840. Not all tribes signed the Treaty however.
The Treaty House is on a vast, peaceful estate, which includes a fully carved Maori meeting house, one of the largest Maori war canoes and a Visitor Centre and Gallery. The estate is a must-see for any visitor interested in New Zealand’s history and culture.