coastal kayakers bay of islands


Local History
Just 3-4 hours drive North of Auckland the sub-tropical Bay of Islands is one of the most historic areas of New Zealand. From the remains of local Maori Pa sites to the bay where Captain Cook first dropped anchor the Bay of Islands is a historian's delight.

With over 144 stunning islands to explore it is truly a kayakers delight:

  • Kayaking through caves & archways
  • Snorkelling the reefs and lagoons
  • Explore the islands
  • Spectacular scenic views
  • Visiting local historic areas
  • View marine and bird life
  • Swimming
  • Bush Walks
  • Seafood collecting
  • Fishing
  • Relaxing


Flora and Fauna / Bird and Sea Life
A large area of the Bay of Islands is considered a maritime and scenic reserve. As a result there is considerable bird and sea life to view and some spectacular native environments that include:

  • Mangrove forest eco-system
  • The Haruru Falls
  • Pohutakawa, Kowhai & Kauri Trees
  • Dolphins, Orca
  • Little Blue Penguins
  • Gannets
  • Cormorant Colonies


The Bay of Islands has an abundance of seafood that can be collected by snorkeling - ie Mussels, Pipis, Kina (Sea Eggs) etc. Fresh Rock Oysters can also be easily collected and the chance of catching fresh fish is fairly high. This could include Snapper, Kahawai, Piper, John Dory etc.


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