Bay of Islands, North Island
This is a rustic and picturesque bay with many islands dotting. There are many tours including sailing in all kinds of vessels, being dragged in net, island cruising or dolphin watching. We saw wild dolphins which playfully came close to our boat but we were not allowed to swim with the dolphins because apparently there was a baby dolphin in the pod and by law, no human activity is permitted as dolphin can attack if they think their baby is threatened. Good for them.
Well there is also a casino if you get bored with nature.
Paihia is a pleasant seaside resort on the east coast of the North Island, up above Auckland. From here you can get boat trips around the famous Bay of Islands, visit Waitiangi, where the treaty that gave birth to New Zealand was signed, chill out on the beaches, catch a ferry across to Russell, drive on up to the ninety-mile beach, or visit Haruru Falls.
Haruru Falls are a few miles outside Paihia, and if you have your own transport are worth a trip out. You can walk right up to the falls which are quite picturesque, and there are also woodland walks along the river.
This was the view when we waited for the ferry to bring us back from Russel to Paihia.
The picture only shows a small part of the beauty.
All of it and the feelings you will get when you are there. The Bay of Islands wellcomes you with beauty and activities like watersports. You'll get what you want.
The Bay of Islands is a wonderful place to contemplate your navel or looking stupid for 100 meters.
But you also can enjoy the small harbours and villages clinging to the soft rising hills.
When you are in Paihia, take the ferry to Russel - you will enjoy it!
Waitangi is also a must when you are there - it's the treatyground for the Maori and English. You can find further information on my Waitangi pages http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/78c52/1cb45e/