Whether you fancy high-speed boat ride, dolphin watching, sand dune surfing or just working on your tan, there is something for everyone to do on Bays of Island. Situated around three hours drive, north from Auckland, and 35 minutes by flight, Bays of Island is a group of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula.
This is one of three boutique towns of Bays of Island. While travelling to this exotic place, you will be viewing some of the amazing tropical forests and sub tropical bush land. Once you have reached Paihia, you can see a maritime adventure playground, with amazing wildlife in water including whales, dolphins, penguins and more. Places such as Kerikeri are only a 20-minute drive from Paihia. Cape Reinga is a real treat and day trips on buses to the tip are great too.
This is a spectacle to visit. Here the Tasmanian Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet and swirl. At the northernmost tip of the Cape is a pohutukawa tree said to be over 800 years old. It is believed that the spirits of deceased Maori transcend from this tree into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.
A not to be missed trip, the cruise to this trip travels from the hole in the rock, where you can take pictures of dolphins and penguins, besides the hole in the rock too. Some cruises also stop at a bay for visitors to have a walk down one of the islands and get a pristine view of the islands and the bay.
If you like trekking, Rainbow falls should be next in your list. Situated in the historic town of Kerikeri, the town gets electricity supply by converting hydraulic power to their use. The picturesque waterfall is situated in a scenic and serene spot and can be accessible by 4 km walk and is one of the focal points of your trip.