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!

To enter or if you have any queries email info©blahblahmarketing•co•nz

The Beachhouse Christmas Float


Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series

The Duke of Marlborough Bay of Islands Classic 

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.








The Biggest Littlest Circus! Dec 30th – Jan 7th 2017/2018

The circus is also part of the Paihia Summer Festival of events schedule. Running from December 30th – January 7th – 3 shows a day! 

Biggest Littlest Circus – 2 pm and 7 pm performances on each day listed (50 minute shows). An action packed, high energy explosion of circus street theatre! Including everything from high skilled juggling and aerial acrobatics to a human changing room. You can’t miss their leopard print leotards, and you don’t want to miss their finale! Fresh from a tour across Canada, this is a show with a whole lot of laughs, kiwi charm and Lycra.

Imogen Stone, Zane Jarvie and Degge Jarvie were born and bred in Wellington, New Zealand – these three kiwis have created a vibrant and colourful show for the whole family. They have been performing circus since childhood and have now travelled nationally and internationally.

Dream Garden – 9pm performances on each day (30 minute show).Step into our dream. This beautiful, skillful and surreal performance combines aerial circus, projection art and comedy. You can’t be sure what’s real and what’s dream, so sit up the front, get a good view and enjoy the show! ‘Dream Garden’ – an aerial silk duet performed outdoors for all to enjoy. Combined, Imogen Stone and Jackson Cordery have specialised in aerial silk for over 12 years. This show is inspired by their own dreams – dreams of being an astronaut, a superhero, of running away, of flying and falling.

Please note – 7th January 4pm is a Circus Workshop not a show – free for all children and young adults to join is – this is part of the Summer Festival and will be held on the Paihia Village Green.

Makers of Entertainment provide an awesome circus in a small space and are perfect for the summer holidays in Paihia – appealing to the visitors as well as our local community this will be the 3rd time we have had the pleasure to have this circus in town. It is a busking show. At the end, we will pass the hat (or backpack as it happens to be) and ask for koha.

Paihia Summer Festival Jan 7th – Jan 14th 2018

One of our favourites! Free for all to enjoy – lots of different events that suit all ages! 

January 7th – January 14th 8 days of fun free events for all families to enjoy, locals and visitors alike! 
Awesome fun for the whole family during the long summer holidays at no charge, fishing, art n crafts, old fashioned games, beach dig, corflute boat building, mega sandcastle competition and much much more! Events to suit all members of the family – free to join in. Detailed event listing to come soon.
Please note: Kids must be supervised by an adult at all these events.