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Hole in the Rock Cruise
Hole in the Rock CruiseHalf day cruise to 'Hole in the Rock' including dolphin viewing.

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Cape Reinga Tour
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour, Fullers GratSights, Bay of Islands, New ZealandFull day scenic coach tour to the tip of NZ via 90 mile beach.

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The Double Dip
Hole in the Rock Cruise and Cape Reinga Tour Combo, Bay of Islands, New ZealandHole in the Rock Cruise and Cape Reinga Tour into one action combo.
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Discover Kerikeri
Swim with Dolphins, Fullers GratSights, Bay of Islands, New ZealandHalf day bus tour including historic sites and wine and chocolate tasting.
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Events Calendar - Bay of Islands, New Zealand

What's happening in the Bay.

Kerikeri Half Marathon
Picturesque rural Half Marathon course covering 21.1km from Okaihau to Kerikeri.

Paihia Christmas Parade
Magical parade with lots for the kids to do! Bouncy Castle, entertainment, food stalls, clowns. A prize for every kid that dresses up! And Santas famous lolly scramble.

New Years Eve Fireworks Extravaganza
31 December
Spectacular fireworks display at midnight in the Bay. A fantastic event with a great atmosphere to top off a night out on New Years Eve in Paihia.  The fireworks are on a barge in the Bay and can be seen from Paihia, Russell, Haruru Falls and Opua.  A sight not to be missed!

Tall Ships & Classic Invitation, Russell
The Tall Ships & Classic Invitation are 2 light-hearted races in the Bay of Islands celebrating the spectacle of sail.

Paihia Summer Family Fun Festival
8 days of fun free events for families to enjoy. Sandcastle competition, Fishing competition, Pirate treasure hunts, Classic games, Beach dig, Duathalon, mural painting, Chalk drawing and more! No need to register just come with a smile and kids bring an adult to supervise!

Bay of Islands Sailing Week, Opua
From sports boats to superyachts, Bay of Islands Sailing Week is the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, and one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier yachting events, attracting entries from around New Zealand and overseas. 

Waitangi Day
6 February
Our nation's birthday, celebrated best at our nation's Birthplace. In recent years, a family festival of sport and culture during the days prior has set the tone for ever more celebratory events.

New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Bay of Islands Classic
An ocean swim event for all ages and abilities - an ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km swim from Russell to Paihia, 'Give it a Go' 500m swim off Paihia Beach and a ‘OceanKids’ 200m swim for children aged 7-12yrs old. For more information please visit website
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Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival
Country Rock Festival is this year celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Each year the festival features more than 45 acts from New Zealand, Nashville and Australia performing at multiple venues. Street music and line dancing are also popular features.

Puff and Pull Carnival, Kawakawa
Annual community event with school and community teams competing to pull the vintage steam engine down Kawakawa's main street, plus sponsored walk, vintage car display and much more around the theme of steam and coal

Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival
Every year the Bay of Islands comes alive with the sounds of smooth jazz and sultry blues, as musicians gather from all over New Zealand for the annual Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.

it! Bay of Islands Festival
This is “it” - The event not to be missed. Love it! Cook it! Drink it! Bite it! Sing it! Catch it! This is it!! A successful recipe of fantastic food, wine, entertainment, fishing and friendly locals all mixed up together in the Bay of Islands.

Coastal Classics Yacht Race
The Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Devonport Wharf in Auckland, to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands. New Zealand's premier fleet yacht race and has been held annually at Labour weekend since its inception in

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The Old Packhouse Market Kerikeri
Every Saturday 8.00am - 1:30pm and Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm
505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri.
Bay of Islands largest market. You will find good, honest, farm fresh products plus value added produce, fabulous artisan breads & pastries, delicious “street” food, great coffee and music.

Bay of Islands Farmers Market
Every Sunday morning at the car park on Hobson Ave. in Kerikeri.
Every Thursday afternoon at the Village Green in Paihia.

It began in October 2004. More than 40 stall holders showcase Northland's best locally grown fresh vegetables and fruit, cheese, olive oil, wine, honey, preserves, free range eggs and more.

The Centre at Kerikeri
Entertainment,events and conference facility. 43 Cobham Road , Kerikeri.
For a comprehensive list of shows, performances and other coming events visit or phone 09 407 0260

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