Go north with 12 Face and you’ll be hooked long before it takes to land a 350 pound marlin.
Not called the Bay of Islands for nothing, it is renowned for its beautiful beaches, secluded bays, abundance of marine life and 144 outlying islands. In fact, it is considered New Zealand’s largest and finest Maritime Park, offering sun… sea… swimming… fishing… adventure… relaxation.
A natural wonderland with an abundance of wildlife including marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species, the Bay of Islands has the wonderful ability to be all things to all people.
History and culture
It is the cradle of European civilisation in New Zealand 12 Face visitors will experience the finest examples of Maori culture.
We take you to Waitangi, site of the nation’s founding document - Treaty of Waitangi signed between Maori and British colonists.
Come with us to historic Russell and see New Zealand’s oldest church still with musket holes from Maori rebel Hone Heke’s 1845 siege of the town. Come north with us and we will show you many of the country’s oldest treasure – the oldest oak tree, the second oldest house with the New Zealand’s oldest internal staircase, the oldest stone building and the oldest surviving European building.
We take you through ancient Kauri forests where towering trees are the kings of New Zealand native bush.
We take you into the fruit bowl of the north where you can savour oranges, tangerines, mandarins, limes, avocado, herbs, persimmons, olives and many other lush fruits.
12 Face will give you funky cafes, cottage industry, exquisite handcrafted jewellery, turned native woods and a taste of the best seafood dishes in the land. Naturally, you’ll stay in luxurious accommodation where views, amenities and service are second to none.
Past to the present
Fly down sand dunes on your body boards, lap up luscious handmade chocolates and fresh cream truffles, bite into chocolate-coated macadamia nuts or wickedly delicious very berry toffee crunch and soak in natural skin therapies exclusive to the antipodes.
Come with us to the tip of the country. Experience the splendour of two oceans meeting, paddle a waka to the foot of magnificent Haruru Falls, step into New Zealand’s native and colonial past.
12 Face take you into this pure and splendid region with scores of hidden treasures along the way.