Mar 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Jim (Becker) Discovers the Bay of Islands Online

I recently saw a neat photo shot of the Bay of Islands.  I had no idea where these islands were  located, so curious Jim, had to find out.  I discovered that Bay of Islands is a New Zealand top holiday destination, so I just had to share it with senior travelers. Renowned explorer Captain James Cook gave the Bay its modern name when he stopped there in 1769 during his epic round the world voyage.

As well as the peace and relaxation of the beaches and fishing and sailing opportunities, the Bay of Islands provides for the senior thrill seekers; one of the most popular attractions is the Hole in the Rock, off Cape Brett. Seniors can join a boating trip right through the hole, found in a huge rock outcrop. You can swim with the local common and bottle-nose dolphins, or take a diving trip to see the final resting place of the Rainbow Warrior wreck.

In the Bay of Islands seniors will find thrilling adventures as well as a perfect peace. The unbelievable natural beauty, amazing beaches and a host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground and ultimate retreat. Many seniors come to the Bay of Islands with fishing in mind. Do marlin and snapper interest you?  Read on as this site is loaded with Things to Do and thrilling sites.

Wikipedia notes that The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand, close to the northern tip of the island. It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicized it in the 1930s. The bay itself is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet in the north-eastern coast of the island.

Almost ninety years ago an adventurer who was also one of the world’s most popular authors rounded the headland of Cape Brett in what has been termed “the edge of the world“, dolphins leaping through the crystal bow wave as he sailed past fabulous tropical islands. Zane Grey, whose tales of the Wild West have captivated millions of readers, was enthralled as he gazed at the beauty and spectacular scenery of the Bay of Islands, near the remote northernmost tip of New Zealand.

There is an annual Jazz Festival every August, but if jazz is not your “thing,” you can always take time out to explore the rare beauty that is the island of Urupukapuka, and stroll beneath the vibrant scarlet Pohutakawa trees. Or go horse riding on the numerous lush trails that wind their way across the span of the Bay.

I’ve seen the giant sequoia in California. Totally awesome.  Maybe you have as well.  At the Bay of Islands you can marvel, too, at the ancient Giant Kauri Trees of the Waipou Forest, especially the extraordinary 2,000 year-old, 167 ft high Tane Mahuta, with its amazing 45ft trunk circumference! Let me provide you with a nice virtual tour of the islands to get you ready for your trip here.

A Bay of Islands Travel Guide for Senior Travelers

This link has just about everything you will want to know about the area with activities, more photos, the history, events, etc. Perhaps you would like to take one of the scenic helicopter flights over the area. Learn more about these flights on this site. If you enjoy wine tasting, you are in for a great experience as you taste a delectable selection of Northland wines at vineyards in locations spanning the Far North of New Zealand combined with amazing coastal and scenic views during your helicopter transfers between the wineries. An unforgettable wine tasting tour of boutique wines, gourmet food and stunning scenery. Fodors will fill in the blanks for places to explore, good hotel prices, travel tips in the area and more. For information on specific towns, Wikitravel is always good resource.

So why haven’t I come across the Bay of Islands somewhere in the past?  I just don’t know. The  Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. TripAdvisor will get you from Phoenix for example to Auckland for $1,283. Not bad considering the distance.

Today the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s great holiday destinations – enjoyed by  international senior visitors like yourself. This is authentic New Zealand – both stunningly beautiful and historically significant. Hope you found this all useful and maybe even enough to want to spend some time there.  D’day Mite. jeb

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