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Bay of Islands Destination Guide

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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Bay of Islands , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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The Bay of Islands can be accessed by a short flight or several-hour drive from Auckland and is where the Maoris and Europeans first made contact when Cook anchored here in 1776; but it was the Whalers and Missionaries that came after him in the following decades who provided the historic backdrop that, twinned with its jaw-dropping scenery, makes the area such a magnet today. Its 144 islands offer a wealth of natural beauty including secluded bays and beaches, which offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors gently with long walks, cycling, a few rounds of golf, snorkelling, trekking by horse, sailing and fishing. There is also culture and history to discover with the township of Russell being a great place to start as buildings include the Catholic Mission ‘Pompallier’ and Christ Church, which still bears the bullet marks of the Maori Wars. It’s a wonderful place to unwind and rediscover yourself and maybe find a new sense of adventure.

General Information
Time Difference8 hours
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar


Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.


The Bay of Islands enjoys a semi–tropical maritime climate, created by the southerly flow of warm water from the South Pacific.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Bay of Islands.

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• Take a trip to the Kawati Glow Worm Caves, which are fascinating and beautiful in equal measure.
• Visit the Makana Chocolate Factory in Kerikeri and sample hand-crafted chocolates.
• Take a walk in the Puketi Forest and marvel at the mighty Kauri trees.
• Visit the historic village of Russell where you can visit the museum and dine along the pretty waterfront.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane with Emirates from Dubai to Auckland.
Via Melbourne or Sydney with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Auckland.
Via Hong Kong with Qatar Airways from Doha to Auckland.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Auckland: 18 hours, 30 minutes

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Travel Planning
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