Northland Destination Guide

Aerial shot of Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland New Zealand

About Paihia

The main resort town of the Bay of Islands. In Paihia you'll find glorious sandy beaches, eateries and activity options galore.

Aerial view of Russell, Bay of Islands, Northland New Zealand

About Russell

This charming seaside village has a surprising past. Find out about Russell’s history, how to get there and what to do when you arrive.

About Opua, Bay of Islands, Northland

About Opua

Welcome to Opua, the main marine hub for the Bay of Islands region and the departure point for vehicle ferries to Okiato and Russell.

Rawene township, Hokianga Harbour

About Rawene

This small rural town sitting on the south side and inlet of the Hokianga harbour is one of the many overlooked and charming places to stop and check out while you’re in Northland.

Bay of Islands vehicle ferry passengers taking the car ferry to Russell

taking the car ferry to russell

Taking your car to Russell gives you the freedom to explore further on the other side. Read more about why this option is great for family holidays.

Paihia Beach - Bay of Islands Costal Walkway

Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway

Explore coastal beaches and forest tracks, the Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway connects Paihia, Opua, Okiato and Russell using ferry links.