The Fullers Greatsights Bay of Islands BEAST

8th July 2017

The Fullers Greatsights Bay of Islands BEAST is a super tough 7km course over rolling countryside; navigating swamps, river crossings, a little bit of mud, some very steep hills and traverse rugged uneven terrain.

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Bay of Islands Beast Community Street Party

8th July – 4 pm – 8 pm

Come and join in with Paihia’s Mid-Winter Street Party! There will be tasty food on offer, local vineyards and a bar in the main street which is closed off.  Dance to some awesome tunes from JPG. This is a family affair – Magician, face painting and fun!

For those who did the Bay of Islands Beast Mud Run the prize giving will be at 4pm at the Street Party.

Fun for all the family! It is free to come along and join in the fun! Restaurants, bars and shops will be open – bringing some warmth into the middle of winter! Last year was tons of fun! See you there!


Russell Birdman Festival

13th – 16th July 2017

The Russell Birdman Festival is in its 11th year of what is the zaniest and most Kiwi of all festivals in Northland. This is a 4 day free festival!
So much on – kids disco, birdman-2spaghetti eating competition, dinghy races, WOK Cook-off, beach dig, Eggstravaganza, Kids Fancy Dress Competition, musical chair madness, cake decorating, kids fishing competition, boat building, the infamous Drag Race….the list goes on! There is a huge variety of food and craft stalls, plus live
music all day.
Saturday is the day of the famous Birdman Jump – great prizes and cash to be won!
To enter the Birdman competition visit the website. There are lots of different categories – so have a think about what suits you best – and go for it! Great prize money to be won!
You can also enter “The Drag Race” if you are a bloke and want to dress in a frock, heels, accessorised with a handbag

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend 2017

29th Sept – 1st Oct 2017

Based in Russell, the walking weekend has 18 walks to choose from  – from a Cultural History tour around the Russell Village to an Island Ramble – heading out on the famous R. Tucker Thompson to Otehei Bay, there is something for everyone who loves to walk!

Walks will be released soon


“it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival

Saturday 7th Oct 2017, 11am – 6pm

Details to be released soon for this awesome festival!