Bay Of Islands
The Bay of Islands region has the finest maritime park in New Zealand with the 144 Islands and secluded bays. The Bay has an abundance of marine life, including the big marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species.
The maritime and historic park is the original cradle of European civilization and has fine examples of Maori culture. The Bay with its pristine natural environment is the gathering place in the South Pacific for overseas sailing yachts on world cruises, international sport fishermen, golfers and marine enthusiasts.
We invite you to let these web pages whet your appetite for your personal visit to this tranquil, romantic and adventurous region of clean green New Zealand.
To most people, the real Bay of Islands is that magical playground that takes in Te Rawhiti inlet and the necklace of islands beginning with Motuarohia and ending in Urapukapuka. The mainland adjoining Te Rawhiti meanders around and about and back in on itself, resulting in a huge number of sheltered inlets, beaches and natural harbours facing any direction you like.
One of the best anchorages in this area is Opito Bay, with swinging room for about 80 boats and enormous pohutukawa trees that overhang a fine swimming beach. The water in the inlet is clean and warm and is regularly visited by dolphins.