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Bay of Islands Cruising Guide

An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around the Bay of Islands


The Bay of Islands is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet in the north-eastern coast of New Zealand. A natural harbour, it has several arms which extend into the land, notably Waikare Inlet in the south and Kerikeri and Te Puna (Mangonui) inlets in the north-west. The small town of Russell is located at the end of a short peninsula that extends into the bay from the southeast. Several islands lie to the north of this peninsula, notably Urupukapuka Island to the east and Moturoa Island to the north. The Purerua Peninsula extends to the west of the bay, north of Te Puna Inlet, and Cape Brett Peninsula extends 10 km into the Pacific Ocean at the eastern end of the bay.

Cruising the region

The main centres in the Bay of Islands are Opua (port of entry) and Kerikeri.

Russell Radio is the main radio base in the area and formerly provided HF services New Zealand wide. My understanding is that they now only provide VHF services for the local area.


Land Information NZ
NZ5125 -- Bay of Islands
NZ5124 -- Approaches to Opua / Kerikeri Inlet and Te Puna Inlet

Weather Information

See New Zealand.

The Bay of Islands is in the Brett weather zone.

Ports, Anchorages, and Islands





List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements).



Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot Imray||Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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  • Delatbabel -- Visited Opua as a checkin port in 2006

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