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How about a relaxing island holiday in a mild climate with plenty of water sports to boot? Our Bay of Islands hotels will give you the opportunity to explore this unique part of New Zealand's North Island, and you'll even be able to visit the country's very first capital city!History
Not only did Captain Cook discover the Bay of Islands in 1769, this is also the place where Europeans settled in New Zealand for the first time. While you're here, you can visit the nation's former capital city, Okiato Point in Russell. Russell is also home to New Zealand's oldest wooden church – which still runs services each Sunday – and The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, which has the oldest liquor licence in the country.
Paihia is another must-visit for history buffs because this was the location where the national treaty was signed. On February 6, 1840, Maori tribesmen and European colony leaders gathered at what is now known as "Waitangi National Trust Estate", signed the treaty and changed the course of New Zealand's history forever. Each year, the anniversary is celebrated all over the country but the "Birthplace of New Zealand" absolutely buzzes on this day, so plan your holiday around the celebration if you can.Things to do
Scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking are some of the most popular water sports in the area, but a leisurely boat cruise is just as enjoyable. Make sure that you visit the iconic "Hole in the Rock" just off Cape Brett and also head to the "Black Rocks" to check out the amazingly diverse range of marine and bird life. You'll probably spot some seals, gannets and penguins and you might even get the chance to swim with dolphins!
If you're a keen fisherman, you've come to the right place! The Bay of Islands is home to New Zealand's largest fleet of fishing charter boats and offers everything from light tackle fishing to big game fishing. In fact, a number of world-record-sized marlin have been caught in these waters, so drop a line and try your luck.Shopping and dining
The Bay of Islands locals are a creative bunch and there are heaps of galleries, studios and workshops to pop into. When it comes to dining, you'll find everything from pub meals to gourmet cafe cuisine to casual takeaway and of course, lots of fresh seafood.Getting here and around
The best way to get to the Bay of Islands is to catch a flight to the Auckland Airport, which is about 250km away. If you'd like to spend a few days in the city, check out our great range of Auckland hotels. From there, you can catch a coach bus if you don't mind walking around the townships once you arrive. Or you can hire a car at the airport, drive to the bay and then take car ferries to go island hopping.
So what are you waiting for? Book your Bay of Islands accommodation with us now and get ready for an amazing tropical holiday in New Zealand!Image credit:Bay of Islands Creative Commons