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The Bay of Islands is a stunning region north of Auckland. Relax on sandy beaches, travel to the top of the country or explore the Bay's 144 islands and warm, sheltered waters abundant in marine life.
From the Bay of Islands, take a day tour to Cape Reinga at the very tip of New Zealand and see the spot where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. The Cape has an important place in Māori legend - spend some time at this special spot and you'll surely agree it has a very special atmosphere. During your Cape Reinga day tour you'll also visit the Puketi Forest, home to ancient Kauri trees, and travel along spectacular 90 Mile Beach before sand-boarding down its giant sand dunes (if you're feeling adventurous!).
Many visitors to the Bay of Islands base themselves in the small resort town of Paihia. Across the harbour is historic Russell, today a charming village of boutique shops, eateries and historic buildings, it was once a lawless open port, known as the 'Hellhole of the Pacific'!