Situated three-hours outside of Auckland, this captivating bay of islands is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country.
The area is made up of over 144 islands that dot the glittering bay, making it a haven for sailing and yachting.
Home to penguins, dolphins, whales, and marlin, the location is also a popular location for sport-fishing. Visitors can sea kayak along the coast, hike the numerous island trails, bask in the waters of the secluded coves, explore Cape Brett and the popular rock formation called Hole in the Rock, and explore subtropical forests where plenty of Kauai trees grow.
The quaint towns in the area such as Russell, Opua, Paihia, and Kerikeri are great bases for exploring this absolutely picturesque scenic bay.