Bay of Islands Holidays

Holidays in the Bay of Islands take you to a spectacular natural setting, steeped in history, and the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand. Located at the top of the North Island, it’s home to 144 islands.

Explorers will love the Bay of Islands, where you can try kayaking and boat trips, as well as helicopter tours. There are delicious gourmet restaurants serving up fresh seafood and other local produce, historic attractions and opportunities to immerse yourself in the fascinating Māori culture. Head underwater and scuba dive with majestic creatures below the surface, or swim with dolphins after kayaking through the Hole in the Rock.

Combine history and nature in the Bay of Islands

At Hayes & Jarvis we’ll help you choose the right activities and excursions for your bespoke holidays in the Bay of Islands. We have over 65 years of experience, as well as local expertise in 60 destinations around the world.

Book our New Zealand Getaway tour and begin in the Bay of Islands, where you can explore its 144 islands and the glittering waters which surround them. The New Zealand Splendour tour includes a dolphin watching boat trip and a visit to Hole in the Rock. To discover some of New Zealand’s fascinating history, try our New Zealand Wonderland tour and visit the Matakohe’s Kauri Museum, Waitangi Treaty House and Maori Meeting House.

Destination Highlights
  • See the horseshoe shaped waterfall
  • Kayak in glittering waves
  • Watch dolphins play
  • Visit Hole in the Rock
  • Explore the Museum of Waitangi
  • Take a boat trip

Time Zone

GMT +13

Flight Time

The Bay of Islands is around a 50 minute flight from Auckland Airport, or a 3-hour drive from North Auckland. From London Heathrow to Auckland is around 24 hours.


New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Visa Information

UK citizens or passport holders do not need visas for trips up to six months.



Health Information

Health information – no mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.