Events in the Bay

What's On in the Bay of Islands

Country & Rock

Every May the Bay of Islands hosts the Country & Rock festival. A great event for country & rock lovers with acts from New Zealand, Nashville and Australia. Bands play at a number of venues within Paihia and Russell including The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and The Duke of Marlborough Tavern. So find your inner county and head to the Duke for a fantastic weekend of country, rock and of course line dancing!

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The Russell Birdman Festival was a great success and saw 4000-5000 people pack in on our beautiful shore to watch the annual jump. Thanks to all of our Elvis's. Here's an article from the Northern Advocate for you.

Winner relies on wind beneath his sails - The Northern Advocate

Tourists flock to Northland for winter fest - The Northern Advocate

Check out the video for 2012. Click here to watch the video or here to see the poster

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Jazz & Blues Festival

Be in the Bay of Islands as it comes alive with the sounds of smooth jazz and sultry blues with three days of music, over 150 hours of quality jazz and blues. Six fantastic venues in Paihia, Haruru Falls and Russel with Top acts from New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

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Fishing Tournaments

So many fish – so little time. Russell and the Bay of Islands are hosts to a wide variety of fishing tournaments. From the Zane Grey one Base to the International Yellow tale there is one to suit all fisher-people.

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Walking Weekend

“Bay of Islands Walking Weekend is a new walking weekend to the calendar and is based out of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands. Over two and half days there are 22 walks to choose from, all walks leave from Russell and for the more adventurous among us, take a trip on a boat out to some of our fabulous islands where some of the walks are based.... Click here for the full site Need accommodation for the Bay Of Islands Walking Weekend? Book Here. The Duke team will look after you (we're not promising foot rubs!) and provide the perfect spot to relax and refuel after a hard days walking...”

And some More

Coastal Classic - The Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Devonport Wharf to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's premier fleet yacht race and has been held annually at Labour weekend since its inception in 1982....  Go to the Coastal Classic website to register or read more

Russell To Paihia Scuba Snorkel Race - Saturday 21st of September 2013

What our customers say

Dear Ida, Bridget, Anton, Dan and all your wonderful staff I simply had to write to pass on our heartfelt thanks. Our requests from overseas were many and varied, but mostly we wanted to create a wonderful, stress-free day, for ourselves and our guests. You all, together, made our day more than perfect. Our expectations were more than exceeded – and we will never forget it. Your assistance with planning; not only the reception and accommodation at the Duke, but also the flowers, the makeup, the hair stylist, the photographer, the baby-sitter, and even the brunch the following day, made everything so uncomplicated. Our guests were thrilled with the venue, the wedding as a whole, and most prominent were the comments on the quality of the food. Each member of your staff were helpful, friendly and completely willing to assist us in all ways, without hesitation. We simply can’t thank you enough for such a memorable few days at The Duke. We shall return, and probably with most of our guests.

- Maarea & Tim Sollart,

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