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. When you arrive in Paihia, find yourself a cruise or a charter boat and embark on a voyage of discovery around the islands.
The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. When you visit it you will see why. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, it is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. Activities and attractions are plentiful. You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast. You could take a walk in the coolness of the pristine bush – the Coromandel is a walker’s paradise – or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach.
Located in the centre of the North Island along the Waikato River, the lush greenery and mild climate make Hamilton a great destination.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, drive east to Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the village created for the movies, or if surfing is more your style, Raglan is the perfect spot for you with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world. For a different underground experience, drive south to the Waitomo Caves where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, the blackwater rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.
The city of Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating landscape of geothermal activity, freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. Home to the Te Arawa tribe, it’s a region steeped in Māori legend. Whether you want to explore amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents, relax in a natural hot pool or try your hand at trout fishing, Rotorua is the place to do it.
Jump aboard the luxury catamaran Tuia for a cruise on the breathtaking Lake Rotoiti. Visit the lakeside hot pools, learn to sail or simply lie back and enjoy the lake’s beautiful scenery.
Nestled between a picturesque harbour and forest clad hills, New Zealand’s capital city is one of the country’s most scenic. Wellington’s museums, public galleries and civic spaces give the city an easy-living style. Its boutique shops, chic cafés and restaurants are always busy. The compact city is a pleasure to walk around with a lively waterfront and bays all around the harbour to enjoy. Don’t miss the chance to see some of Wellington’s spectacular sights and take a short drive to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city.