North Island, NZ

Bay of Islands – Things to do

Bay of Islands Attractions


Book a guided kayaking tour and see beautiful mangrove forests and thundering waterfalls. The horseshoe shaped Haruru Waterfall is a must, while you might also spot dolphins and seals as they frolic in the waters. Learn about the Māori legends and stories from the area and stop on pretty beaches for a relaxed picnic during the summer.

Pompallier Mission and Printery

Dating back to 1842, the building was originally set up by French brothers who came to New Zealand as missionaries. The building housed a Bible printing press, and is the country’s oldest industrial construction, with fascinating stories to be told. Wander through the beautiful gardens among colourful flowers and see the unique architecture of the house, as well as its 19th Century printing press.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Often said to be New Zealand’s most important historical site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where the country became its own nation. Take in beautiful views over the Bay of Islands and enjoy the gardens before learning stories of the past at the Museum of Waitangi. Watch Māori cultural performances, see Māori architecture and the largest ceremonial war canoe.

Boat Tours

The best way to explore the Bay of Islands is with a boat tour, which will take you through the sparkling waters. Take in views of the many luscious islands and their golden sandy beaches, see waterfalls and the colourful birds that fly overhead. Visitors have a chance to see dolphins as they play in the waves, as well as the Hole in the Rock.