New Zealand is a beautiful country with tremendous people, and the Bay of Islands is one of the great places to visit in the country. Be sure to check out the following attractions when you’re visiting the Bay of Islands:
Ride the Russell Ferry- Traveling between the small towns of Paihia and Russell by boat, the Russell Ferry gives you a majestic view of the Bay of Islands. It’s a short ride, but it’s well worth the small price of admission as you get a unique vantage point of the Bay of Islands from the water.
Visit Waitangi- Only a short drive from the small town of Paihia where you caught the ferry, Waitangi can be accessed via the Waitangi One Way Bridge. Waitangi is the place where tribal elders gave control of New Zealand to England, so the small town has played a pivotal role in the country’s history. You can even visit the Treaty Grounds, where this important treaty was signed.
Visit The Hole in the Rock- Just like Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, New Zealand has its own famous offshore rock formation in the Hole in the Rock. The Hole in the Rock is located just off the coast near the town of Russell, and visitors can charter a small or large boat to take them out to this unique landmark. The area around The Hole in the Rock is also frequented by dolphins, so be sure to have your camera ready.
Visit Cape Brett- You’ll feel like you’re in the Scottish Highlands when you take the long walk to Cape Brett, which is one of the most scenic hikes in all of New Zealand. In total this trek is approximately ten miles each way, so it’s recommended to take your time and bring proper footwear and equipment, and be sure that you have the requisite hiking experience to complete the trek safely.
Visit the Christ Church in Russell- When you visit the sleepy town of Russell these days, it’s hard to imagine that it used to be an extremely violent town that was ridden with crime. Nothing makes this history more apparent than the Christ Church in Russell, which is filled with old bullet holes.