Explore the Bay of Islands
The RaD network’s northern most depot lies in the Bay of Islands town of Paihia. This is a wonderful place to start your discovery of the area.
With 144 islands to explore in the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and fantastic diving and fishing to enjoy there are all types of cruises leaving the wharf daily. Then jump in your car and set of to enjoy some of the regions many fabulous little towns.
Only 5 minutes from Paihia is Waitangi home to the Treaty of Waitangi grounds where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi, was signed.
There is history and romance to be found in the county’s first colonial capital of Russell with it’s seaside promenade lines with café’s, restaurants and art galleries.
Travel a little further afield and discover Matauri Bay, a picturesque beach settlement just north of the Bay of Islands, popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike.
The Bay of Islands is also a great spot from which to set off on a journey as far north as you can go. The breath-taking Cape Reinga with its postcard perfect lighthouse caps the famous Ninety Mile Beach and both are definitely worth a visit.
If you do decide to book a Bay of Islands rental car
, don’t forget to stop off in Kawakawa to see the World Famous Hundertwasser toilets designed by the town’s famous Austrian resident Freidensreich Hundertwasser.