Summer sees the Bay of Islands at its busiest, and this year is no exception! Aside from the myriad tours and sightseeing options, there are quite a few events that a visitor from other countries may not be aware of, so we’ll try and cover a few of them here!
UB40 Red Red Wine Tour – Kerikeri – 6th January
The original UB40 members are touring vineyards around NZ (I guess that suggests they are getting better with age!) and will be playing at Kainui Road Vineyard, just up the road from us from 5pm on 6th January.
Paihia Summer Festival – 8 to 12 January 2016
The Paihia Summer Festival offers a series of free events, and features a Sandcastle Competition, mural painting, sculpture, chalk drawing, old fashioned races, wearable arts, amazing race, kids fishing contest, circus workshop, beach dig, and a biathlon. There are also a record number cruise ships visiting Paihia during this summer, and we suggest to guests they choose a day when the ships are not in to visit!(Unless you like queues and crowds)
Ruapekapeka Pa – 170th anniversary commemorations – 10th January
Ruapekapeka Pa (‘bats nest’) was the site of one of the fiercest battles between British and Maori forces, and is worthwhile stop when driving to or from Auckland. This year Ngapuhi and Ngati Hine prepare to commemorate this important part of NZ history. The British were so impressed by the complexity of the Pa (Fortification) that a model was built and presented back to British parliament, and is considered to have contributed to the development of WW1 trench warfare.
Waitangi Day – museum opening 7th February
This long awaited addition to the Waitangi Treaty grounds is set be open to the public the day after Waitangi Day, 6th February. We’ve only heard rumors but it sounds like we’re in for a small but mighty experience from the museum, that will tell the story of the events that led to the signing of this founding document of modern New Zealand. We can’t wait.
Farmers and Old Packhouse Markets
The popular farmers market is still open every Sunday morning, and now in its second year, the Old Packhouse Market is also popular with our guests, particularly as its only a short stroll from our front entrance. Just prior to Christmas, they also hosted their first twilight market which was very popular. We hope to see more of these during summer!