"Bay of Islands - summertime holiday capital!" Bay of Islands by worldkiwi
Bay of Islands Travel Guide: 123 reviews and 332 photos
In January 2004 I visited the Bay of Islands in summer for the first time! I felt that I had escaped to another country for the four days I was there. Sparkling clear water, outdoor bars you can comfortably sit in till 1am, hot and sunny days, beautiful white sand beaches, dolphins, and a holiday feel you can't get anywhere else in NZ, make the Bay of Islands a place I will always have fond memories of.
In 2006, I enjoyed another short break in the Bay of Islands. This time, the weather wasn't so kind, but despite persistent low cloud, it was warm and humid. The weather didn't put us off outdoor activities and the highlight of the trip was getting to swim with bottlenose dolphins!
Visit the Bay of Islands during New Zealand's summer: December to March. The best months are usually the latter half of January and all through February. The evenings can be a bit cooler in March (actually autumn), but the days are usually dry and sunny. Also, in Feb and Mar, all the NZers are back at work (unfortunately for us). Make sure you get out on a boat at least once and see the Bay of Islands from the best vantage point.
visit Urupukapuka Island;
swim at a beach on Urupukapuka Island;
wander around the Waitangi Historic reserve, where modern NZ was born;
dine outside on a warm summer evening;
On the two summer trips I've made to the Bay of Islands as an adult, I have gone on the same dolphin watching trip - with Awesome Adventures (Fullers), from Paihia. Both trips were great, and the 2006 one was very memorable because we got to swim with bottlenose dolphins! See my 'must do' section.
- Pros:Warm summer nights, great nightlife, beautiful beaches, sparkling bays, serene islands!
- Cons:I can't think of any!
- In a nutshell:Great place for a holiday!
The Haruru falls are worth a stop. They are on state highway 11, west of Paihia. There are two vantage points: from the... more travel advice
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