Bay of Islands Attractions:
The city is a unique area in the country and is a popular location for marine operations with an important food source and resting area due to the protection offered by the surrounding landscape.
The scenery of the Bay is nothing short of spectacular, and the 'Black Rocks' are volcanic formations unique to the Bay and host to many bird colonies and abundant marine life. The maritime park is a natural wonderland with Whales, Dolphins, Penguins, Gannets, Seals and many other species. It boasts the largest fleet of charter fishing boats in New Zealand catering for all classes from light tackle for Snapper, Kingfish and Kahawai to Big Game Fishing for Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Tuna and Sharks, which makes it one of the most exciting fishing destinations in the world with many world record fish caught in these waters.
A famous American western novelist, Zane Grey, author of "Anglers El Dorado" introduced the world to the Bay of Islands international marlin fishing. Some of the other activities you can participate in are, jet boating, sky diving, cycle tours, parasailing, guided walks, sea kayaking, horse trekking, diving and one of the most popular, swimming with the dolphins in their own environment. The Bay of Islands is also the place to stay if you are wanting to explore the top half of the North Island.
Source: One New New Zealand, New Zealand's Most Comphrehensive Net Guide.