Bay of Islands Events Winter 2023 – Pateke Lodge

Winter is a great time to visit Pēwhairangi/Bay of Islands. Our benign climate still allows you to enjoy our beautiful scenery, land and sea-based outdoor activities, rich history and cultural heritage, and vibrant wine and food scene – but without the crowds and expense associated with peak season.

So take advantage of Pāteke Lodge’s Winter Special – stay 2 nights or more and get another night free – and enjoy the region’s permanent attractions and winter events programme (below).

The rising of Matariki, or the star cluster known as Pleiades, usually occurs near the end of June and the beginning of July, it heralds in the Māori New Year, Te Tau Hou Māori. Te Tau Hou Māori is marked in different ways around Aotearoa/New Zealand and here in Pēwhairangi/Bay of Islands the Matariki Pēwhairangi Festival, is held June 30th to 22nd July and is packed with feasts and events to feed your mind, body, and soul!

Brew of Islands, Friday & Saturday 21 & 22nd July, Turner Centre, Kerikeri. Nine of Aotearoa’s best breweries, tasty kai, epic sounds, and a home brew competition – heaven for craft beer lovers.

Bay of Islands Beast, Sat 26th August, Puketone Rd, Haruru. Take on a 7km cross-country course of steep hills, uneven terrain, mud, and a whole lot of fun.

Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival11th, 12th & 13th August, Pahia & Russell. Over 40 acts across 3 days performing at multiple venues.