Enjoy the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a very special area of New Zealand. It is the birthplace of our nation and as such offers a wealth of historical attractions.

Historical Attractions

Visit the Waitangi Treaty House and Maori War Canoe. Pompallier Mission House and Museum at Russell. Kerikeri is the location of the Stone Store and Kemp House.

Bay of Islands water activities

Water Activities

With a semi tropical climate and comprising of 144 islands the Bay of Islands offers virtually every water activity imaginable. Famous for Big Game Fishing the visitor can also cruise the bay in a fast boat or sail the day away on a yacht. Swim with the dolphins, scuba dive, go sea kayaking, try parasailing, or just laze on one of the beautiful beaches with the occasional swim to cool off.

Land Based Activities

For those who prefer land based activities there are coastal and forest walks. A short distance from Crows Nest offers the visitor an easy enjoyable scenic walk to Paihia. For the more enthusiastic there are walks to Cape Brett or Whangamumu the site of an old whaling station. Puketi Forest (near Kerikeri) offers a short walk to view the giant kauri trees.

Sporting Activities

If golf is your preference, play a round at the beautiful Waitangi and the challenging Kauri Cliffs golf courses.
Jump from a plane, go horse riding or just relax on the deck at Crows Nest with a glass of wine and enjoy the superb sea views. Whatever you preference your host can organise it for you.

Enjoy the Region

Waitangi Treaty House


Just 20 minutes north of Opua discover the citrus growing area of Kerikeri with its many local specialty craft and food outlets. Enjoy wine tasting at one of the local vineyards.

The Far North

Crows Nest is an ideal base from which to explore further north. Take a trip to Cape Reinga, visiting the beautiful areas of Mangonui and Coopers Beach along the way and travel home along the famous Ninety Mile Beach.

Northland's West Coast

Spend a day on the West Coast of Northland. Visit the Wairere Boulders, explore the Hokianga harbour with its fascinating and historic townships of Rawene, Kohukohu and Opononi.

Dining Out

Paihia Bay of Islands, excellent for sailing dolphin cruises etcThe area provides many restaurants offering a wide range of menus. Whether for casual dining or fine cuisine Crows Nest is situated within easy distance of all local restaurants.
If you prefer to use your fully equipped kitchen, shopping for provisions is just minutes away at Opua or Paihia.


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