Bay of Islands
Waka Festival 2021
Postponed Previously March 2021
Nau mai piki mai haere mai.
This is a 2 day event, with races for all ages – sprints, short distances and a long race. Novice midgets through to serious paddlers!
On the Sunday the 25km “Kris Kjeldsen Memorial Race – Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri” race was founded in the Bay of Islands 27 years ago by the late Kris Kjelsden, a father of the sport in New Zealand.
The base is Te Tii Beach Waitangi Bridge end, a spectacular spot to watch the racing or get your paddle on!
For more information and to register online
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it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival 2021!
November 6th @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is in its 11th 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.
Line up to be announced soon!
Bay of Islands Walking Weekend 2021
October 15, 16, 17
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 https://boiwalkingweekend.co.nz/
Full walk details will be published soon!