Five reasons the Northland Journey All About Islands is perfect for water babies
All About Islands is the only water-based Northland Journey, all about discovering the 140+ islands of the Bay of Islands. There's plenty to discover and half the fun of exploring is getting to the islands. Even the surrounding areas have an island-like feel to them. So, whether it's an island of fun and adventure or an island of peaceful relaxation, it's out there waiting for you. Here are five reasons why this journey is loved by those that love the water.
1. Haruru Falls / Waitangi River.
A lovely horseshoe-shaped waterfall that’s only 3km from Paihia. Also connecting with a 5km walk through to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Explore the river your way on kayak, paddleboard, or drive to the top of the waterfall itself.
Russell Historic Township, formerly known as Kororāreka, was once referred to as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific’ and was the first permanent European settlement and seaport in Aotearoa New Zealand. Russell has a real island feel with lots of character. It is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day out on the Bay and has a regular ferry service with Paihia.
3. Island hopping.
The Bay of Islands (aptly named) is home to 144 islands and many of them are perfect for exploring. Discover the twin lagoons of Motuarohia Roberton Island, the great swimming beaches and snorkelling spots of Motorua, the stunning S-shaped beach of Waewaetorea Island and the largest island of them all, Urupukapuka Island.
4. Canterbury shipwreck.
If diving is your thing, don’t pass up the opportunity to explore the HMZS Canterbury Wreck. This former navy frigate sunk in 2007 and lying on the bottom of the sea floor upright and intact, is swarming with brightly coloured marine life.
5. Deep Water Cove.
A beautiful, sheltered cove and landing site with a pebble beach to explore. A track joins the steep Cape Brett walk making Deepwater Cove the perfect place for a water taxi pick up or drop off for those not wanting to do the full Cape Brett Walk.