Bay Of Islands
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.
Poor Knights Islands
The caves, the cliffs, the tunnels and the amazing scuba diving experience. A great chunk of New Zealand is covered with water bodies and so diving here is an obligation for any water lover. These islands of volcanic origin are situated on the east coast of the North Island and are protected by the Marine Reserve that also facilitates deep sea diving. The actual beauty of this place is seen underwater, with its rich marine wildlife and colourful corals. It is like those scuba diving scenes that you see in movies with a school of fish passing by you. You need a permit from the conservation department prior to your visit and it isn’t such a hard thing to get. Local tour operators help non-divers get a diving experience too.
Fullers Great Sights
No trip to the Bay of Islands is complete without a ‘Discover The Bay’ cruise by Fullers Great Sights. Cruising through the 16-kilometre inlet, discover the famous ‘hole in the rock’ and the Cape Brett Lighthouse. You’re also likely to run into dolphins, failing which you will be given a lifetime free ticket for a repeat trip.