Getting there

The Bay of Islands is about 160 miles or 260km from Auckland Airport.

By car it takes three to four hours depending on your style of driving and whether you stop for a cuppa.

A plane from Auckland to Kerikeri Airport takes about 40 minutes

The bus journey takes about five hours including travel from the airport to the Downtown Bus Terminal.

Getting around

Once at the Bay of Islands there are buses, hire car services or you can book tour buses with guides to show the best sites. 

Travelling on the harbour by boat is often the best way to explore the hidden coves and discover the gems of the Bay of Islands that you can’t access from land. Fullers Bay of Islands can provide you with tours, cruises and bus services.

Driving conditions in the Bay of Islands are fine, but remember to take a rest and refreshment break every few hours if travelling long distances.