Islands of the Bay of Islands

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Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island

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Most of the islands in the Bay of Islands are classified as recreation reserves. There are campgrounds to stay at, or enjoy daytrips.

Urupukapuka Island

The beautiful Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island is the main access point for the island. Explore the island’s stunning beaches by foot or by kayak and be rewarded by quiet, deserted beaches and crystal clear waters or visit ancient Maori Pa sites.Enjoy the Urupukapuka Island ‘Archaeological Walk which is only accessible by boat (or water taxi).

Take a gentle 10 minute climb to enjoy 360 degree views of the many islands scattered throughout the Bay. There’s a bar & café at Otehei Bay for waterfront dining.

Motuarohia (Roberton Island)

Once out on the water from Paihia or Russell, the first island you see is Motuarohia, distinguished by its two glorious lagoons - the most photographed scene in the Bay. Enjoy the Motuarohia (Roberton) Island track which is also only accessible by boat (or water taxi).