Take a journey along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to the iconic Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s favourite travel destinations. In the beautiful Bay of Islands, you can take a boat cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’, swim with the dolphins, dive, fish and relax in the sun. Acclaimed internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicised it in the 1930s and renowned for its warm temperate climate, fertile soil and creative residents. Known as the ‘fruit bowl of the north’, here you’ll find abundant fresh local foods, cafes, vineyards, galleries, gardens, arts and crafts.
The Bay of Islands is an expanse of water with several long inlets and over 150 islands, south of Whangaroa Harbour. It formed when the sea drowned a number of river valleys, creating an irregular and attractive coastline of more than 800 km. The area shows signs of volcanic activity, with many eruption outlets and lava flows. Its outer limits are marked by the headlands of Tokerau on the north and Rākaumangamanga on the south.