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Bay of Islands Holidays

Swim with dolphins, learn to sail or discover New Zealand’s fascinating history in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Visit the stunning Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s North Island and enjoy the many water-based tours, from discovering uninhabited islands dotted around the cold, blue waters to watching dolphins leap around the boat. Enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the bay’s towns or retreat to the ancient native forests to be at one with nature.

The Bay of Islands area is one of New Zealand’s premier tourist destinations and it is easy to see why thousands of people flock here each year. Despite its popularity, the Bay of Islands never feels overcrowded.

Most visitors stay in Paihia, a colourful, waterfront town full of cafés and buzzing bars. A short ferry ride across the bay is Russell. This town was the first European settlement in New Zealand. Spend a day wandering the historic streets and admiring the quaint, colonial architecture.

The nearby Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where historic documents were signed by the original Māori people and the “Pākehā”, as the natives called the British newcomers. The agreement allowed the Māoris to keep their culture alive.

The most popular activities in the Bay of Islands involve boat tours. Choose between fishing, dolphin or orca watching and cruising around the islands. If you are feeling adventurous, learn how to sail and windsurf or join a scuba diving tour around some of the outer islands.

For a day away from the water take a walk in the Puketi Forest. Follow trails past giant kauri trees and other native species. Make sure you visit the Haruru Falls, a picturesque waterfall that cascades down the cliff face in the shape of a horseshoe.

The Bay of Islands is located 240 kilometres (150 miles) north of Auckland. Driving is the quickest way to get there, although regular buses and organised tours run from Auckland too. Summer is the busiest time, but the Bay of Islands’ prime location in New Zealand’s “winterless north” means that you can enjoy stunning days here year-round.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Bay of Islands?

A: Sleep, eat and drink at one of the excellent private holiday homes. The number one pick for many visitors, they're fabulous places to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

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A: It's entirely your choice. Combine cars, flights and hotels, or simply pick one option. You can also add some popular experiences and activities to your travel schedule. Whatever it is you're looking for, Expedia can help you create a holiday that's right for you.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Bay of Islands?

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Top Bay of Islands Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel NZ$80
Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

27 Kings Road, Paihia
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The property was off the main road and rooms very quiet

    Eagles Nest NZ$1,550
    Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2018
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    Eagles Nest

    Eagles Nest

    60 Tapeka Road, Bay of Islands, Russell
       
      5.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Perfect romantic escape for our 1st wedding anniversary. Stunning and private location and in room chef was a fantastic way to cap the experience.

      Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel NZ$167
      Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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      Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

      Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

      130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
         
        4.4 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Rooms were very spacious and had fantastic views of the bay. I would definitely stay here again. Staff were very friendly. Hotel is in a quiet location and a quick walk to town.

        Bounty Motel NZ$58
        Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020
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        Bounty Motel

        Bounty Motel

        42 Selwyn Road, Paihia
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          I liked all of it.The whole time away in the Bounty Motel was like getting a breath of fresh air......literally. I will come back again for sure.

          Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia NZ$107
          Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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          Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

          Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

          104 Marsden Road, Paihia
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great place to stay. Close to the beach and anything we needed

            Blue Pacific Quality Apartments
            Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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            Blue Pacific Quality Apartments

            Blue Pacific Quality Apartments

            166 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay Of Islands, Paihia
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              A great little apartment, easy walk into Paihia. The manager Doug was very helpful and informative, with lots of local knowledge and history. Everything you need was in the apartment and a supermarket is within a five minute walk. The beach is directly opposite apartment, safe swimming. Boat trips ...

              Edgewater Palms Apartments NZ$197
              Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020
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              Edgewater Palms Apartments

              Edgewater Palms Apartments

              8 - 10 Marsden Road, Paihia
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Proximity to beach, great pool area and easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping, etc. Terrific stay!!!!!

                Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
                Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2020
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                Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

                Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

                1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Outstanding views at the Copthorne- and friendly staff