Bay of Islands, New Zealand makea a Great Holiday Destination
By Laura Millyard
Nestled in the North tip of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands makes the perfect destination for a holiday of a lifetime. With a sparkling sea, golden sand and activities for all the family look no further than “the corner of the world”, for an experience to remember forever.
If you want to swim with dolphins (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), this is the place for you. Bottle-nose dolphins are famous for their intelligence, friendly nature and smiling faces, and are sure to help you forget the stresses of life back home.
You can also sail or jet-boat around the bay, where dolphins will swim up to the boat and love having their photo taken. Instead of seeing these beautiful animals in captivity, with a holiday to the Bay of Islands you can spend time with them in their natural habitat. This is often the highlight of people’s trip, and it’s easy to see why.
When you’re not relaxing on the water’s edge, enjoying the sapphire water and wispy clouds, make sure to visit the town of Russell, New Zealand’s first capital and oldest settlement. It was once known as “The Hellhole of the Pacific” due to being a popular whaling hub, but this image is now the complete reverse – this pretty coastal town is full of history waiting to be explored. Visit Russell museum, a gem in the heart of the town which reveals its Maori and European history, and look around Christ Church, the oldest existing church in New Zealand with its own stories to tell.Along with its history, Russell’s contemporary culture is worth exploring too. With local art and crafts now being internationally recognized, such as Lulu Linens, Russell offers more than you would realize. Have a look at Just Imagine Gallery, a unique art space which showcases work from emerging artists, specially chosen to be exhibited by curator Cris Aronson. Even if art isn’t a particular interest of yours, you are sure to find something you like, whether aesthetically pleasing or intricately crafted.
The Bay of Islands has an endless list of things to see and do, including visiting the stunning Haruru Falls, embarking upon a glass bottom boat tour, trying a bit of fishing or learning to scuba dive. After an adventurous day, you can relax in a waterfront lodge, complete with pools, spa treatments and exceptional service.
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