Discover the Bay of Islands NZ;
the latest traveller tips from Moon Gate Villa
A guide for international visitors, Waitangi Day is a significant day in New Zealand’s history. Celebrated annually on February 6th, it commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the country’s founding document. The Bay of Islands is a popular destination for visitors on this day, as it is the location where the treaty was signed.
For a small regional town, Kerikeri punches well over its weight with offerings of fine restaurants featuring our local organic produce, as well as a great selection of boutique wineries. The ‘French chateaux’ inspired Marsden Estate winery overlooks a water lily pond you could well imagine Monet himself inspired to paint beside.
If you’re a golf enthusiast planning a trip to the land of the long white cloud, you’re in for a treat, especially if you find yourself in Northland and the Bay of Islands. With its lush landscapes, stunning coastlines, and a golf scene that’s nothing short of spectacular, Northland is a golfer’s paradise waiting to be explored.
The Bay of Islands is considered the birthplace of modern New Zealand, and events in Kerikeri, Waitangi and Russell shaped the famous Treaty, and early European engagement with Maori.
Whether your passion is to stay firmly above the waterline, to surf and swim the surface, or dive deep beneath the waves; you’ll find superb places in the Bay of Islands and surrounds. Travel the coast north from Kerikeri a little, to discover an endless choice of bays and beaches.
Giant kauri tree forests, gentle rambles alongside waterfalls, spectacular day walks along clifftop overlooking the Islands and Pacific Ocean. For lovers of nature, Bay of Islands New Zealand has walking tracks to suit all ages and levels of fitness.