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!


“it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival

Saturday 7th Oct 2017, 11am – 6pm

Featuring Top Kiwi Musicians – Avalanche City, Tiki Taane, 5k and more!

This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is in its 8th year in the Bay of Islands. This is “it!!” – the event not to be missed – Love it! Cook it! Drink it! Bite it! Sing it! A successful recipe of fantastic food, wine, entertainment and friendly locals all mixed up together in the Bay of Islands. 

Along with mouthwatering food, award winning vineyards, beer, and cider – we have lots of fun going on around the place – there are real kiwi competitions such as “Kina Sucking”, “Oyster Shucking and Eating” and of course “Pie Eating” – we are in Pai-hia after all. 

Live music on stage all day which can be seen from all over the festival – it is a great friendly festival where you are never far from the action. 

Kids. This is a family friendly festival with a children’s area and entertainment provided to allow parents to sit back and enjoy the music and taste some of the exceptional food and beverages! Bouncy castles face painting and a magician.

A limited number of tickets will be available for this boutique festival. 

The Bay of Islands is a top holiday destination that has retained its small friendly feel – there is plenty to do around the town whether it be to take a boat trip to see the dolphins, have a swim, kayak, visit Waitangi or head into the bush. Of course, you can just sit in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by!

Under 5’s are free.

Sold out in previous years.  BUY TICKETS – CLICK HERE

We have a bus running from Kerikeri to Paihia for the ‘it’ Bay of Islands Festival. 
Departing at 10.30 am from Kerikeri outside Subway. Returns from Paihia to Kerikeri at 6.15pm after the festival. It is $10 return pp. You need to book the bus.

To phone book call 0800 653339 or call into Fullers GreatSights Paihia or Russell Offices. Our booking code is ITFTRAN.

Please note: You cannot bring food, alcohol or any other drinks into the festival. No animals allowed.








Paihia Christmas Parade

Friday 1st December

Theme; Children Around the World

The Paihia Christmas Parade is always spectacular with plenty of effort going into the floats creating a fabulous festive atmosphere.

It is free to enter a float. You can enter under community or the business section. The whole aim of the day is just to have fun and celebrate our lovely town and Christmas.

Santa will be there with his famous lolly scramble, plus Mike the Magician.

All the shops, cafes and restaurants open. A great night out!

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The Beachhouse Christmas Float


Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series


16th December 2017

Enjoy a summer break in the ‘eternally sunny’ Bay of Islands with our crowd favourite ‘Bay of Islands Classic’.

For the first time in the event’s 9 year history, the 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ course will be in reverse (starting at Paihia Beach, finishing in Russell) and as a Series first, a twilight swim!

Russell will play host to the event, with the main event site there and the ‘Step it Up’ 1km, ‘Give it a Go’ 500m and ‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m event distances taking place off Russell Beach throughout the afternoon, prior to the start of the 3.3km event.

Get your friends and family together, and join us for this Series first!


Why not extend their skill range and confidence in a safe and fun environment with the Banana Boat OceanKids – a 200m ocean swim. What better way to encourage your children to have fun and be safe in the ocean, than being surrounded by their peers and inspiring life guards! Find out more here.


New Years Eve Fireworks!



On the strike of midnight an awesome display of pyrotechnics can be seen in the skies above Paihia, Russell, Opua, Haruru and Waitangi – the fireworks are on a barge in the centre of the Bay and are an awesome way to celebrate the start of the New Year – either join one of the many restaurants or bars that have excellent viewing points or grab a picnic and a blanket and enjoy this fireworks spectacular from any of the beaches surrounding the inner Bay  – just remember this is a family friendly event – no alcohol to be drunk in a public place in Paihia 24/7 all year round.

There is busking, a free sausage sizzle and activities for children throughout the evening leading up to the midnight display, including the “Biggest Littlest Circus”. The fireworks and circus mark the start of the Paihia Summer Events schedule which also includes days of fun free events for families to enjoy.