Kia ora, Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

Welcome to our stunning region. The Bay of Islands is the northern most port on your Cruise itinerary. A tourist mecca with secluded beaches and stunning scenery. Commonly referred to as the “Birthplace or Cradle of the Nation”, the Bay of Islands is rich in history and there are many interesting places you can visit to learn this fascinating story of the beginning of New Zealand.

From the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the New Zealand of today was founded with the signing of a document in 1840, to the quaint village across the water of Russell, site of the first European settlement and New Zealand’s first capital, you can fill your day in the Bay of Islands with a range of interesting stories and exciting activities. As either the first port of call or the last port visit in New Zealand we are the perfect location to top up on those essentials with easy access to shops, services and supermarkets close to your tender wharf.

Mechanics of arriving by Tender...

The Bay of Islands is a tender port, so you will arrive by Tender at the Wharf at Waitangi.

On arrival at Waitangi those on prebooked tours will be met and directed to their transport. For free independent travellers complimentary shuttle buses are available for the short 5 minute trip into Paihia, which is the hub of Bay of Islands activities. Alternatively you may chose to walk around the waterfront to Paihia which is a beautiful 20-25 minute walk. Ambassadors in Waitangi will be happy to provide you with information and offer you a map of the area.

The shuttle buses run continuously between Paihia and Waitangi for the duration of your vessel's visit to the Bay of Islands. The shuttles also stop at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which is the scene of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi New Zealand's founding document and is a must see.

On return to the Waitangi Wharf the Bay of Islands Yacht Club facilities are open to cruise visitors. The club provides restroom facilities, a small cafe offering homemade wares and hot and cold drinks, and offers spectacular views of your ship anchored in the Bay.