Bay of Islands
Go sailing through the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Islands located at the windswept tip of New Zealand, where the Pacific Ocean collides with the Tasman Sea. It is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. This place can only be described as paradise, and is where - as legend states - the first Maori warriors came ashore over 700 years ago after their migration from Hawaiki, the mythical homeland of the Maori people. Today, it's a land of sun and sand, abundant fishing and sailing opportunities, and also a haven for thrill seekers. One of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. You can take a boating trip through the hole in a huge rock outcrop, where you can also swim with bottlenose dolphins, or take a diving trip to see the final resting place of the Rainbow Warrior wreck. Take a cruise that will showcase marine life such whales, seals and seas birds, as well as beautiful bays and secluded islands. Or journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach and take a pit stop and bodyboard down its world famous sand dunes. And if you're a fan of history, you will not be disappointed. The bay has several interesting historic towns including Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and Kerikeri that contain many historic sites from the earliest European Colonial settlement in the country. With so much to offer, the Bay of Islands is tourist magnet that cannot be resisted.
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- Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand