Bay of Islands

Andrew Harper's Travel Guide

The Bay of Islands, named by British explorer Captain James Cook, is where European and Maori cultures intersected in 1769. Aboard HMS Endeavour, Cook spent a week charting the bay, an irregular 10-mile-wide inlet that forms a natural harbor. Seventy years later, at what would ...

The Bay of Islands, named by British explorer Captain James Cook, is where European and Maori cultures intersected in 1769. Aboard HMS Endeavour, Cook spent a week charting the bay, an irregular 10-mile-wide inlet that forms a natural harbor. Seventy years later, at what would become the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, Maori chiefs signed their accord with the British Crown, a pact that became the nation’s founding document. The bay itself has a mild subtropical climate, abundant marine life and countless sheltered coves and inlets, and with a handful of tranquil seaside towns, it offers nearly limitless opportunities for game fishing, cruising, sailing, sea kayaking, diving and snorkeling. 

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