Events in the Bay

Bay Of Islands Activities

IT Festival

6 October 2018

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!

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

12, 13, 14 October 2018

“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....   Need..

Coastal Classic Yacht race

19 October 2018

Grab yourself a warm jacket & binoculars then head for Flagstaff Hill to watch as the fleet race into the Bay.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.

Te Rima Multisport challenge

27 October 2018

A 101km course that will test you, and let you go from the Pacific to the Tasman ocean.

The team at Time 2 Train have designed a course utilising a great part of the Pou Heranga Twin Coast cycle-way.

There are five legs to the event, and the distances are almost the same.

Sir John Edward Rowles OBE - This show is for you

28 October 2018

Don't miss this special event featuring his Greatest hits

At the Duke of Marlborough Hotel from 3pm – 6pm.

Tickets are available for purchase at the duke of Marlborough Reception

Drink on arrival and food..

Melbourne Cup at the Duke of Marlborough

6 November 2018

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel presents the iconic Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 6th November 2018

The day starts from 12.30pm when a glass of bubbles is given on arrival as you are seated at your table. A 3 course lunch follows with all races live on screens throughout the afternoon, Tab, live music between races, and the..

Duke of Marlborough Hotel BOI Classic

1 December 2018

Ocean Swim

Paihia to Russell 3.3 km

Russell 750m

Oceankids 100m and 200m


Fireworks on New Years Eve! Russell Waterfront

Watch the fireworks from Russell Wharf and ring in the new year with a bang! The above water display is outstanding and seems to get better every year. There are few places in the world as friendly as Russell on the evening of 31st December! See you there.

Fishing Tournements

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.

Click here for more information.

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