Bay Of Islands Waka Festival
Sat 21st and Sun 22nd April
Nau mai piki mai haere mai.
Bay of Islands Waka Festival is in its 2nd year! This is a 2 day event, with races for all ages – sprints, short distances and a long race. Novice midgets through to serious paddlers!
We have a very special race as well on the Sunday. The 25km “Kris Kjeldsen Memorial Race – Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri” race was founded in the Bay of Islands 26 years ago by the late Kris Kjelsden, a father of the sport in New Zealand, but had not been held for 17 years, until it was revived at the inaugural Bay of Islands Waka Festival in 2017.
The base is Te Tii Beach Waitangi Bridge end, a spectacular spot to watch the racing or get your paddle on!!
Download all the event information and registration forms here – Bay of Islands Waka Festival – Program and registration 2018
To enter or if you have any queries email info©blahblahmarketing•co•nz
We have an amazing amount of sponsors this year involved in spot prizes for the event:
Tai Paddles in Raglan, Moana Nui Waka, Flying Kiwi Parasail, Paihia Mountain Bikes, Salt Air, Explore NZ, Bay of Islands Fitness Hub, Fullers Greatsights , Red Bull, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia Bakery.
Bay of Islands Breca Swimrun
Sunday, April 15
Welcome to the latest Breca Swimrun adventure for 2018: Breca Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is iconic: famous for its white-sand beaches, pristine islands, lagoons and turquoise waters. It’s an area rich in wildlife, known for its beauty and history.
The 33km course follows the classic island-hopping swimrun format. Starting at the Waitangi Treaty Ground, the course links mainland trails with six of the Bay’s stunning islands, before the grand finish and party at the Otehei Bay island resort.
Comprising 25km of running and 8.4km of swimming, with 10 run stages and 9 swim stages, it has the highest ratio of swimming to running of any of our global series of events.
But don’t think this is purely a swimmers course. While the run stages are comparatively short, they take place on challenging trails and bush paths. They are technical and capture significant elevation – expect the race to take 5 – 9 hours to complete.
“it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival 2018!
October 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is in its 9th 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.
Bands to be released soon!
Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
October 12, 13, 14
Stretch the legs and get away to the Bay of Islands for Walking Weekend. Whether you are looking to spruce up your training, test a new stomping ground or enjoy a weekend away with friends and family, Walking Weekend has something for everyone.
With 18 walks to choose from over 3 days there is a walk to suit all fitness levels and ages, from short walks to an overnight tramp. Walking the Bay of Islands is a perfect way to experience this stunning part of Aotearoa. The variety of walks on offer will let you soak up the beautiful scenery, culture and history of the area.
Walking the islands is made easy and affordable – walk the 11knm around Urupukapuka Island or take the Motuarohia and Moturoa Island walk, which will see you set sail on the R Tucker Thompson – a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. Your local guide will keep you entertained with stories of New Zealand’s past from Captain Cook’s landing to the ghastly murders of the Roberton family.
For the seasoned tramper, the Cape Brett Lighthouse Walk is a must do. Rated as one of the best 100 walking tracks in the world, a breathtaking walk out to Cape Brett lighthouse and stay overnight or do the day trip which gives you the same amazing experience without the sleepover!
If relaxation is more your style, there are walks to vineyards for a bite to eat and wine tasting, a walk that takes you along boardwalks and lovely coastline ending with whitebait fritters at HQ or take a hike up to a spot in Paihia that gives spectacular views of the Bay before heading to Charlotte’s Kitchen for Sunday brunch.
Each walk can take up to 20 people so bring your friends and family. Plenty of the walks are suitable for kids so get them involved too.
All these walks are based out of Russell, the Bay of Island is a fantastic place for a weekend getaway with great restaurants, places to stay and plenty of things to do, even for the non-walkers out there.
Visit the website http://boiwalkingweekend.co.nz/
Full walk details will be published soon!