Almost ninety years ago an adventurer who was also one of the world’s most popular authors rounded the headland of Cape Brett in what has been termed “the edge of the world”, dolphins leaping through the crystal bow wave as he sailed past fabulous tropical islands. Zane Grey, whose tales of the Wild West have captivated millions of readers, was enthralled as he gazed at the beauty and spectacular scenery of the Bay of Islands.
A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. Bay of Island is the witness of history of New Zealand. The first capital of the country, Russell will tell you stories about the early settlers. Visit Waitangi to discover why there is a Waitangi Day in New Zealand. Bay of island possess both the Beautiful natural view and fascinating history.