About The Bay of Islands

Welcome to the most northern and only subtropical region of New Zealand. In the Bay of Islands you can find thrilling adventure or perfect peace.

The secluded bays, tranquil harbours, amazing beaches and host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground or relaxing retreat. The townships of Waitangi, Paihia, Kerikeri, Russell, Opua and Kawakawa are all great places to explore during your Bay of Islands visit.

Golden beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees, secluded coves and turquoise water. This is where visitors and locals alike enjoy their favourite pastimes of boating, sailing, surfing, fishing or just lazing around in the warm sunshine. The Bay of Islands is the ultimate aquatic playground.

Otaha Beachfront Lodge is located 15 minutes from Kerikeri which was once home to the fearsome Maori chief Hongi Hika. Today the area is known for its orchards, wineries and art galleries.

Along the approach to the township of Kerikeri are roadside fruit stalls and signs to the studios of potters, painters and other artists. A Kerikeri Arts and Crafts map will guide you around them.

History is another reason to visit Kerikeri. Visit the Kerikeri Mission House (1822), New Zealand’s oldest house, and the Stone Store (1836). Rewa’s Village, a replica Maori settlement, is located nearby and you can enjoy a riverside walk to Rainbow Falls.

Another drawcard of this vibrant town is the lively café scene, several wineries and gourmet food producers (including delicious Makana Chocolates), the weekly Farmers Market and Kerikeri’s own natural skincare range Living Nature.


Otaha Beachfront Lodge Luxury Accommodation in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand