The Bay of Islands lies in the Far North of the North Island. Although, it is quite a popular tourist destination once you reach there, you will know why it is on the top of my list on things to visit here. This place is an invitation to the Natural bounty of New Zealand. The highlight of this place? Swimming with the Dolphins! You can take the lovely NZ Dolphin tour or take a dip into the waters yourself. Other water activities such as fishing and sailing can also be done. If you aren’t a water person, you can hike along the amazing landscape as you take in the fresh sea breeze and admire the sparkling blue waters. You can head to the small, yet chirpy town of Paihia afterwards and grab a nice meal.