Destination Bay of Islands and Kerikeri
The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular holiday destinations – enjoyed by international visitors and New Zealanders. It combines being one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites with being one of the most stunning beautiful locations in the world.
With a sub-tropical climate, and 144 islands, you can enjoy beach and water activities (fishing, diving, sailing, cruising round the islands or swimming with the dolphins), go exploring one of the many nature walks, charter a boat, enjoy one of the many vineyards, visit the Waitangi Treaty House (where New Zealand’s founding document was signed by Maori and Pakeha leaders) and so much more. You can find thrilling adventure, an idyllic aquatic playground and the ultimate peaceful retreat for your tranquil holiday.
Situated on the East Coast of Northland, New Zealand, Russell, Opua, Paihia, Waitangi and Kerikeri all make up part of the Bay of Islands. Each town has it’s own unique culture and lifestyle – from a lifestyle focus and bustle, to a calming historic atmosphere, and the beautiful beaches.
The Bay of Islands is a great base for exploring all of the Far North. To the west is the Waipoua Kauri Forest where you can see Tane Mahuta – often described as the 2,000 year old ‘Lord of the Forest.’ Also to the west is the famous Opononi (Opo the dolphin), Omapere, Rawene and Kohuhohu, hust an hour’s drive from Treghan.
To the north is Cape Reinga, a two – three hour drive, with the lighthouse marking where the Pacific ocean and the Tasman sea meet. This is the place where in Maori legend, the “spirits” depart to return to their ancestral home in Hawaiki.
In the Bay of Islands you can find thrilling adventure or perfect peace for your living enjoyment. The unbelievable natural beauty, amazing beaches and a host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground and ultimate retreat.
Kerikeri, (Treghan is but a 2 minute drive from Kerikeri), is situated in the heart of the Bay of Islands, internationally renowned for superb sailing waters and top class blue water fishing.
The township is the birthplace of the nation with the historic Stone Store (the oldest European trading post) and the oldest home in New Zealand at Kemp House. Enjoying a warm subtropical microclimate it is the home of citrus groves, kiwifruit and other orchards, and is famous for its art and crafts.
Only a three-hour drive from Auckland and 45 minute drive to Whangarei, Kerikeri is a vibrant fast-growing developing town with a strong economic base and a sophisticated international, cosmopolitan population. It is an ideal centre for exploring the riches of the Far North with many harbours, beaches, forests, golf courses all just a short drive away.
With a full range of business and amenities, the town offers a complete range of shops and services including two supermarkets. The world renowned citrus, fruit and vegetable growers also offer fresh produce, including organic, as gate sales and at two great Farmers’ Markets in the middle of town. Food outlets include more than 15 restaurants and cafes. As well, the Bay Of Islands Golf Club, in Kerikeri is known nationally as an excellent course.
There is a full range of marine-based clubs covering fishing, boating, diving and surfing. Modern marina facilities are located at Doves Bay and Opua.
Kerikeri Airport provides sealed day/night operation with several scheduled services each day to Auckland International Airport. Flight time on these services is 35 minutes.