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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a stunning area of New Zealand located on the east coast of the North Island. It is a beautiful area of sheltered inlets and stunning beaches, and is renowned for its stunning scenery and marine life.

The Bay of Islands is made up of 144 islands, ranging in size from small rocky outcrops to larger islands such as Urupukapuka and Moturua. The area is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with activities such as swimming, sailing, fishing, and kayaking available.

The Bay of Islands is also home to a number of historical sites. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840, making it the site of the first formal agreement between the Maori people and the British Crown. This treaty is considered to be the foundation of modern New Zealand.

The area is also home to the historic Russell, which is the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand. The area also has a number of museums and other attractions that visitors can explore.

The Bay of Islands is a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike, with its beautiful scenery, rich history, and abundance of activities. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, an adventurous activity, or to explore the area’s history, the Bay of Islands is the perfect destination.

Excursion tips for a day in Bay of Islands

1. Take a cruise or kayak tour around the Bay of Islands to explore the area and see the beautiful landscapes.

2. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and the Maori people.

3. Stop by the Russell Museum to learn about the history of the area.

4. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many beaches in the Bay of Islands.

5. Spend some time swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the bay.

6. Visit the Hole in the Rock, an iconic landmark of the Bay of Islands.

7. Take a scenic drive along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, passing by beaches and farmland.

8. Visit the Stone Store and Kemp House, two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings.

9. Explore the nearby islands by boat, including Urupukapuka and Moturua.

10. Enjoy a sunset dinner at one of the local restaurants.

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The climate in Bay of Islands

Spring (September - November): The temperatures in the Bay of Islands during spring are mild, with an average high of 18°C and an average low of 11°C. The days are generally sunny and pleasant with occasional showers. Summer (December - February): The Bay of Islands experiences a warm and humid summer with an average high of 24°C and an average low of 15°C. The days are usually sunny and dry with occasional showers. Autumn (March - May): Temperatures in the Bay of Islands during autumn are mild, with an average high of 19°C and an average low of 11°C. The days are generally sunny and pleasant with occasional showers. Winter (June - August): The Bay of Islands experiences a cool and wet winter with an average high of 16°C and an average low of 8°C. The days are usually cloudy and rainy with occasional sunny periods.

Cruise weather for Bay of Islands

Our weather forecast for Bay of Islands helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 13.1 °C
42.5 m/s
67.3 m/s
67.5 %
17.8 m
83.3 %
1,002 hPa
07:26:53
17:32:58
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 16.2 °C
min: 13.5 °C
40.7 m/s
60.1 m/s
52.0 %
22.5 m
83.2 %
1,005 hPa
07:26:19
17:33:39
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 15.4 °C
min: 12 °C
31.3 m/s
50.0 m/s
66.2 %
22.8 m
82.0 %
1,004 hPa
07:25:42
17:34:21
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 15.1 °C
min: 10.8 °C
27.0 m/s
46.1 m/s
11.3 %
24.1 m
73.1 %
1,015 hPa
07:25:05
17:35:03
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 16.7 °C
min: 10.7 °C
22.0 m/s
39.2 m/s
15.5 %
24.1 m
78.5 %
1,021 hPa
07:24:25
17:35:45
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 17.0 °C
min: 11.2 °C
15.1 m/s
29.5 m/s
7.6 %
24.1 m
81.7 %
1,024 hPa
07:23:44
17:36:27
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 15.7 °C
min: 10.8 °C
20.2 m/s
26.6 m/s
11.7 %
24.1 m
81.4 %
1,024 hPa
07:23:02
17:37:10
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 15.6 °C
min: 13.8 °C
21.6 m/s
25.6 m/s
82.6 %
23.0 m
74.0 %
1,024 hPa
07:22:18
17:37:54
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 15.1 °C
min: 14.1 °C
33.8 m/s
41.5 m/s
99.2 %
21.4 m
76.7 %
1,019 hPa
07:21:33
17:38:37
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 15.3 °C
min: 14.3 °C
50.8 m/s
70.6 m/s
100.0 %
11.4 m
86.1 %
1,011 hPa
07:20:46
17:39:21
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 11.5 °C
28.8 m/s
42.8 m/s
100.0 %
12.5 m
89.2 %
1,003 hPa
07:19:58
17:40:05
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 11 °C
13.7 m/s
14.4 m/s
76.5 %
24.1 m
80.2 %
1,002 hPa
07:19:09
17:40:49
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 14.9 °C
min: 10.7 °C
21.2 m/s
34.2 m/s
48.5 %
24.1 m
83.3 %
1,009 hPa
07:18:18
17:41:33
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 15.6 °C
min: 12.4 °C
22.0 m/s
34.2 m/s
64.5 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,012 hPa
07:17:25
17:42:18
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 15.4 °C
min: 12 °C
9.0 m/s
11.5 m/s
78.8 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,011 hPa
07:16:32
17:43:02

Cruises to Bay of Islands

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Scheduled ship calls in Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 16th 2024 Friday, 16th of Aug. 2024 Coral Princess 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Oct. 16th 2024 Wednesday, 16th of Oct. 2024 Celebrity Solstice 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 17th 2024 Thursday, 17th of Oct. 2024 Crown Princess 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Oct. 19th 2024 Saturday, 19th of Oct. 2024 Celebrity Edge 09:30 am 06:00 pm
Oct. 29th 2024 Tuesday, 29th of Oct. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Nov. 6th 2024 Wednesday, 6th of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 9th 2024 Saturday, 9th of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Nov. 11th 2024 Monday, 11th of Nov. 2024 Silver Muse 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 21st 2024 Thursday, 21st of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 10:00 am 05:30 pm
Nov. 26th 2024 Tuesday, 26th of Nov. 2024 Royal Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 4th 2024 Wednesday, 4th of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 6th 2024 Friday, 6th of Dec. 2024 MS Regatta 12:00 pm 08:00 pm
Dec. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Dec. 2024 Carnival Splendor 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Dec. 17th 2024 Tuesday, 17th of Dec. 2024 Royal Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Dec. 2024 Silver Nova 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 24th 2024 Tuesday, 24th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 2 09:00 am 04:00 pm
Dec. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Edge 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 31st 2024 Tuesday, 31st of Dec. 2024 Royal Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 MS Westerdam 07:00 am 02:00 pm
Jan. 4th 2025 Saturday, 4th of Jan. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 4th 2025 Saturday, 4th of Jan. 2025 Seven Seas Explorer 07:00 am 04:30 pm
Jan. 8th 2025 Wednesday, 8th of Jan. 2025 Royal Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 14th 2025 Tuesday, 14th of Jan. 2025 Royal Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 19th 2025 Sunday, 19th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 06:30 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 21st 2025 Tuesday, 21st of Jan. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 21st 2025 Tuesday, 21st of Jan. 2025 Crown Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 22nd 2025 Wednesday, 22nd of Jan. 2025 Royal Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 MS Regatta 02:00 pm 09:00 pm
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 Royal Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 06:30 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 5th 2025 Wednesday, 5th of Feb. 2025 Royal Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Onward 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Feb. 2025 Island Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Edge 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 Carnival Splendor 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Feb. 11th 2025 Tuesday, 11th of Feb. 2025 Royal Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Feb. 2025 Seven Seas Voyager 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Feb. 2025 MS Amadea 09:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 P&O Arcadia 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 MS Amadea 08:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 Crown Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Edge 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 25th 2025 Tuesday, 25th of Feb. 2025 Queen Anne 08:00 am 07:00 pm
Feb. 26th 2025 Wednesday, 26th of Feb. 2025 Royal Princess 09:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 03:00 pm
Mar. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Mar. 2025 Royal Princess 10:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 3rd 2025 Monday, 3rd of Mar. 2025 Crown Princess 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Mar. 2025 MSC Magnifica 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Mar. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Mar. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am

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