It is recommended that you start your day out on the trip from Northland, as it is quite an early start to drive from Auckland in the morning. There are plenty of wonderful places to stay and in the Bay of Islands there are plenty of options  to suit all prices and tastes, from exclusive lodges, motels and campgrounds to self catering.

Russell where the ship departs from is situated on a small peninsula with an island like, historic quality. Opua is a small commercial port, whereas Paihia is a bustling and busy town with a waterfront location. Kerikeri, located up the Kerikeri inlet is located amongst fertile farming soile with citrus orchards and fresh fruits. Wherever you stay, there will be a warm welcome.There are a wide range of accommodation options, depending on your tastes and budget. Below are some of the options available and some information.


Getting here

By Road The Bay of Islands is approximately 3 hours from Auckland by car and there are several options including self drive car hire, coach services or campervan. The fastest route is a toll road which is mostly four-lane, features clearer sight lines, smoother turns...

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Paihia Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just lazing on the beach. Known as the jewel...

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Russell Russell is a small historic seaside village surrounded on 3 sides by water. It is the site of one of the first European settlements. The town is rich in history with a variety of shops and services that do not spoil the old charm. Hours can be spent in the...

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Kerikeri Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s own subtropical paradise. Experience the lifestyle – Birds, Beaches, Food, Fishing and really great people. Kerikeri is a wonderful mix of the new, the old and the exciting. It includes its historic past but...

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Opua is the Gateway to New Zealand and the main Port of Entry for off shore cruisers and a popular summer destination for many New Zealanders. Opua is located just five minutes by road from Paihia, the heart of Bay of Islands. It is 20 minutes from Kerikeri and Bay of...

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Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls today is a small residential settlement, about three kilometres inland from its larger neighbour, Paihia. But, in the days of early European settlement, it was the scene of many firsts. Haruru Falls was New Zealand’s first river port and an aramoana (sea...

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