The Bay of Islands is a unique location for bottlenose dolphins, as it provides the dolphins with abundant food and security for resting and breeding.
As you cruise around the Bay of Islands,
- You have arrived at one of the finest maritime parks in New Zealand;
- Spectacular scenery with volcanic black rocks and rugged cliffs.
- Over 100 islands and numerous bays teem with birds and marine life.
- Several inlets or arms leading into the bay, chief of which are Kerikeri Inlet, Waikare, and Purerua.
- The Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s cradle of European civilization, with many points of interest relating to both early European and Maori settlement.
- Before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, the Maori lived in this area for hundreds of years, their culture adding an underlying Polynesian graciousness to the country.
There are many “firsts” associated with the Bay of Islands;
- The first European community
- The oldest home and church in the country
- The first capital of New Zealand