NYE Fireworks in the Bay on the Strike of midnight !
The Circus is coming to town!
31st Dec – 7th Jan 2019
Bay of Islands Waka Festival 2019
16th and 17th March
Waka Ama and Waka Tangata – Saturday March 16th and Sunday March 17th Waitangi Kaihoe Waka Ama Clubs’ third regatta. This is a 2 day event, with races for all ages – sprints, short distances and a long race. Novice midgets through to serious paddlers! It is a fun event and each day will finish with a meal and prize giving. The base is Te Tii Beach Waitangi Bridge end.
registrations welcome – https://www.wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1470
Read the Panui – Bay of Islands Waka Festival – Program and registration 2019
it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival 2019!
October 5 @ 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.
Bay of Islands Walking Weekend 2019
October 18, 19, 20
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.
Approximately 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 11km 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!