There’s a reason summer is the peak visitor season for Pēwhairangi/The Bay of Islands. It’s because city-dwellers know there’s simply no better place in New Zealand to be for the summer holidays. The weather is hot, the sea is inviting, the music is playing and plenty of fun activities are on tap to keep you buzzing. As always, our historical and cultural heritage, vibrant food and wine scene, and an abundance of ways to chill out and relax beckon as well.
We keep track of each season’s events (below) to assist visitors with their trip planning – so come and stay at Pāteke Lodge to enjoy these and the region’s world-class permanent attractions.
Christmas in the Kerikeri Domain, 4 – 8 pm, December 9, Kerikeri Domain, Kerikeri. Christmas in the Domain includes a parade, live entertainment, festive treats, games, and competitions for the whole family.
The Beach Ball with the Black Seeds & Racing, 4 – 11 pm, December 29, The Old Packhouse, Kerikeri. Kerikeri plays host to a Beach Ball for the first time, with the summer-ready sounds of The Black Seeds set to soundtrack the end of your year in their inimitable reggae-inspired style. The Old Packhouse in Kerikeri is an iconic venue with multiple indoor and outdoor areas to explore at this special festival event. In addition to the Main Stage area, this event will feature multiple bars including a Cocktail Bar, DJs in The Chiller and The Cafe, and the AMAZING food that The Old Packhouse is famous for.
Tall Ships Regatta, January 6, 2024, Russell Boating Club, Kororareka/Russell. Since 1976 the annual Tall Ships’ Regatta has been held in early January. It is a great day out for the family, finishing off back at the clubhouse for the Prize giving and a Hangi with Music around the Marquee. Tall Ships, Classics, Junk Rig, and All-Comers make up a large fleet which is always a spectacular sight.
Extravaganza Fair, January 13 – 14 2024, Waitangi Lower Marae, Waitangi. The Extravaganza Fair is a unique market/festival with free entry for children and gold coin entry for the grown-ups. You will find market stalls, arts and crafts, food, and musical entertainment. Talented musicians play sweet tunes for your ears, with kids’ shows running throughout the day.
Bay of Islands Sailing Week, January 23 – 26 2024, Opua Marina, Opua. The biggest event of its kind in New Zealand – a multi-day sailing regatta primarily for keelboats, trailer yachts, and multihulls. Established in 2003, this annual regatta is now a highlight of the sailing calendar for New Zealand sailors and a growing number of overseas sailors from Australia and the Pacific too.
The Feelers – Reimagined Summer Tour, January 27, 2024, Zane Greys Restaurant & Bar, Paihia. The Northernmost stop on the tour features tracks from their recently released album of reimagined greatest hits.
Summer Shakespeare at Kainui Vineyard, February 15 -24, Kainui Vineyard, 1 Conifer Lane, Waipapa. Kerikeri Theatre Company presents the sparkling wit and humour of “The Taming of the Shrew” in a delightful vineyard setting just 5 minutes from Pāteke Lodge. Set in the backdrop of the vibrant 1960s, this classic comedy comes alive with a modern twist, promising an evening full of laughter.
Kerikeri Summer Jazz Festival, February 25th, Bay of Islands Golf Club, Golf View Rd, Kerikeri. Sit and listen on a summer day to some wonderful musical performances by International and local jazz musicians.