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Local events of interest, stay at Bellrock Lodge for easy access to these events.

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

10 October 2024 to Sunday, 13 October 2024

The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend across 10 to 13 October 2024 has 25 walks to choose from of various lengths and difficulties.

The details on this page are based on the previous event and subject to change; we will update this listing as more information comes to hand.

To ensure you get the best out of the walks, there are local guides to lead you all the way. They are all passionate and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands area and bring something extra to the walking experience. Each walk has no more than 20 people, so get in quick to book.


Russell Birdman Festival

Russell Birdman Festival

July 2025 (Date TBA), Russell Warf

Its wild, wacky and so much fun!!

Russell Birdman is now recognised as the largest winter festival in Northland with visitors from far afield coming to Russell for the weekend.

Come and watch the visual festival, take part in the many events and... YES, you too can fly!

B70 Beach to Bay

The Manu Masters

Saturday 29th June 2024

The Manu Masters! If you ever wanted to showcase your manu skills, this is your chance. The event takes place at Russell (Kororareka) Wharf on Sat 29 June, 10am onwards and will feature a double platform this year so jumpers can choose to level up! There will be lots of prizes up for grabs for those braving the cold winter water. Registration to jump is essential and open now at matarikinz.com..  If you don’t want to take part, just come down and join in the fun by supporting the event and the jumpers.

Country Rock

Cruz’n the Bayz

27 February 2025 - 2 March 2025

 ‘Cruz’n The Bayz’ is coming back for Feb 27th to March 2nd 2025 in the Bay of Islands. Over 3 days we will gather and cruise Northland with like-minded classic/hot rod/muscle car and bike enthusiasts from all over NZ.

CRUZ'N THE BAYS | NORTHLAND | Classic car & bike event 2023 (cruznthebayz.nz)
Cruz'n the Bayz

Blue70 Beach to Bay – Ocean Swim

30th November 2024

Challenge Yourself in the Premier Beach to Bay 3.3km Swim

Prepare to be left in awe as you depart from one of the Far North’s most stunning beaches and find yourself in the charming, heritage-rich town of Russell. This scenic harbour crossing will challenge you both physically and mentally, delivering an unforgettable experience.

Swim for the Whole Family

With a range of distances on offer, the Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series has something for everyone. From the thrilling 1000m Round the Bay to the 500m Beach Blast, there’s no shortage of opportunities to push your limits and create lasting memories with loved ones.

Tire Out the Kids with the Banana Boat OceanKids

The Banana Boat OceanKids events, featuring 100m and 200m distances for ages 7-12, are the perfect way to keep the little ones entertained before you explore the beautiful sights, sounds, and flavours that Russell has to offer.


Swim on offer

  • Beach to Bay – 3.3km
  • Round the Bay – 1000m
  • Beach Blast – 500m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids – 100m and 200m (7-12 years)


International Yellowtail Fishing Tournament

Northland Chess Championship 2024

2nd November 2024

Turner Center 43 Cobham Road, Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

More details and full programme to come.
KeriKeri Half Marathon

KeriKeri Half Marathon

16th November 2024 

This Half Marathon is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar. Starting in Okaihau the 21.1km course makes its way through rolling countryside to finish in the centre of town at the Kerikeri Domain.


Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day

6 February 2025

Waitangi Day on February 6 celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by the British Crown and 500 Māori chiefs, ratifying New Zealand's founding document.

View from your Bellrock Lodge balcony!