02. Bay of Islands, North Island
Bay of Islands is only a three hour drive away from Auckland. It is one of the most popular vacation destinations of the country. This place is famous for sailing and yachting having more than 144 islands. These fertile waters are excellent for marine life like penguins, dolphins, whales, and marlin. Fish are also abundant here in these waters making it an excellent fishing spot. You can explore kayaking and hiking along the coast and on island trails. The quaint towns in the area such as Russell, Opua, Paihia, and Kerikeri are great bases for exploring this scenic bay.