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Northland Events

Please go to www.northlandnz.com/things_to_see_and_do/events/ for a full list of Northland events.

January 2013

Annual Highland Games, Waipu

Caledonian Park, Waipu

2 January 2013

The Waipu Games is the largest event of its kind in New Zealand. Bring the family for a fun filled day of entertainment, tradition, culture & heritage. See New Zealand’s finest Highland dancers, pipers & Heavyweights in action. Tartan in the Park is a fun, fashionable competition now in its 6th year. Entrants design outfits which use tartan fabric in a contemporary style to show that tartan is a fabric for all seasons and all occasions. Come along and see traditional dancing, piping, drumming, field events, athletics, music, culture & heritage & much more.


Far North Rodeo

Kaitaia Showgrounds, SH1, Kaitaia

2 January 2013, 10am

Gate charges $10 Adults, Family $25.

Good rural fun in the REAL Far North of New Zealand! It’s in the peak of the good weather so be sure to take plenty of water. Feature events will include Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding.

Contact: Secretary Daphne Neho, ph 09 408 0119 or 09 408 8856 graeme.neho@xtra.co.nz

Mangawhai Annual Summer Gala

Mangawhai Domain, Moir St, Mangawhai

2 January 2013

A great family fun day for the Mangawhai Community and visitors. A fun carnival atmosphere with events, entertainment, rides, food and shopping. $8.00 - Car and occupants

$8.00 - Family at gate

For any enquiries please contact mangawhaigala@gmail.com

Interislander Summer Festival Ruakaka Races

Ruakaka Racecourse, Peter Snell Rd, Marsden Point, Bream Bay

3 January 2013

Join Whangarei Racing Club for the Interislander Summer Festival Ruakaka Races. Hailed as one of the countries best racing locations, where surf meets the turf! Enjoy a relaxed family day out at the races with be plenty of local food and wine to enjoy, live music and all day free entertainment for the kids. Cost $10.00 Adult - over 18yrs


Breeze Sailing at Tall Ships Regatta

Russell Wharf, Cass Street, Russell

5 January 2013

Join our crew aboard Voyager’s tall ship Breeze for a great day out on the water, be a part of the spectator fleet and watch the Tall Ships & Classic Invitational Regatta.

Meet at Russell wharf for a 10am departure and join the fun of the Regatta which starts at 12 noon for a day of sailing before returning to Russell wharf at 4pm. For only $80 per person you will enjoy a full day of sailing onboard Breeze with morning and afternoon teas and lunch.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Contact (09) 373 0800 or info@maritimemuseum.co.nz

Suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age.


The Grand Pageant of Waipu

Waipu Museum, Bream Bay

11 & 12 January 2013

This event happens only every 10 years. This time it will commemorate 160 years since the first Nova Scotian settlers arrived in Waipu. On these January evenings of 2013 there will be no moon and a full tide in the ‘Glebe’. Once again the people of Waipu will retell their miraculous story. The epic saga of New Zealand’s oldest European community. Be a part of this ten yearly momentous outdoor extravaganza! A breath-taking spectacle of light, sound, drama, magic, wonder featuring the narration of Dame Fiona Kidman. Evening programme starts at 7.00pm

Adult: 60.00 Child: 25.00


Kaikohe A&P Association

Kaikohe Showgrounds & Equestrian Centre, corner of Ngawha Springs Rd & State Highway 12

12 January 2013

A&P Show where country comes to town. Competitive equestrian & livestock events, side shows, entertainment, trade stalls. Fun for the whole family. Side Shows galore, Trade sites, Food stalls

Adult (14 years up) $ 7.00


Steam Punk Comes to Kiwi North

Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei

13 January 2013

Return to the days of Jules Verne - Victoriana meets technology with a twist of the bizarre. Come in costume and create your wonderful Steam Punk character - you may win a prize!

Explore the original Victorian homestead and grounds, visit the Museum displays and the many residents of the Kiwi House who are waiting to meet you.

Kids get creative in the “inventions” marquee, Victorian family games, music, food and more.

Cost $10.00 - Adults


Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2013

Opua Wharf, Paihia

23 January 2013, 9:00am

North Sails Tent - 2013 at Opua Wharf Car Park in the Bay of Islands will be the venue for the 11th Bay of Islands Sailing Week. January 23 to 25 with registration Tuesday evening (22nd) - followed by the 3 days of yacht racing in the Bay.The website offers information on the Bay Regatta - also photos and newsletters from the January 2012 event. Entry will be available online with a page to access crews looking for a position - and/or skippers looking for crew.


Live Music Wizard and Oz

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, 35 The Strand, Russell

25, 26 & 27 January 2013

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel is proud to host Andrew Farrell and David McMillan, Wizard and Oz.

With their interesting look, vast and diverse song list and their passionate, soulful performances they are always a crowd favourite at any festival. Andrew’s incredible piano prowess along with Dave’s awesome guitar playing just add and compliment their rich, heartfelt voices. These 2 talented men from the Mornington Peninsula have been entertaining audiences all over Australia and NZ for over 20 years now!


The Honey-Jam

Te Kowhai Point Farm, Kerikeri

26-27 January 2013

A boutique music festival in the beautiful Bay of Islands and you can even stay overnight!

Put together by a team of experienced festival curators wishing to bring a top drawer, but affordable music festival to the calendar, showcasing a world class selection of bands and solo performances – a sensational line-up over two full days headed by Kiwi favourites SUPERGROOVE!

Adult $135, Teen (13-17 incl) $95, Child (5-12incl) $55, Toddler (under 5) $0

Camping $10 per person (excl toddlers). Costs are for a weekend pass.

Tickets can be purchased through www.eventfinda.co.nz

February 2013

Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013: Fat Freddys, AB&H, The Adults

Marina Reserve, Marina Rd, Tutukaka

3 February 2013

The annual Classic Hits Winery Tour now in its 7th year, is quite simply a “must do” on the summer music calendar and the 2013 line up is sure to impress with, as always, a 100% Kiwi line up of some of NZ’s best loved musicians playing in some of our favourite vineyards and estates all around NZ.

Headliners are the Wellington based seven-piece masters of dub, reggae, soul and RnB - Fat Freddy’s Drop, joined by the sensational Anika, Boh & Hollie: Together in Concert and another collaboration of equally legendary Kiwi musicians, The Adults, featuring Jon Toogood, Julia Deans and Shayne Carter. Cost $75 Phone 0800 111 999


Waitangi Day Celebrations

5-6 February 2013

Two days of bi-cultural celebrations at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Events include: 100 market stalls (art, craft, clothing, food), 3 stages with a variety of entertainment, children’s activities including the Fire Service ‘Combat Challenge’ for kids. New Zealand’s top Kapa Haka acts, the Navy Band, the Royal NZ Air Force aerobatic flying Team: the Red Checkers’ and Waitangi has Talent finals. For more information and programme www.waitangi.org.nz

Hokianga A&P Show

1062 Broadwood Road, Broadwood, Hokianga

16th February 2013

Visit the stunning region of Hokianga and join in the fun at the Agricultural and Pastoral show. Lots to see and do for all the family.

For more information contact the organiser on nthhokiangaaandp@hotmail.com

Northland Field Days 2013

Northland Field Days Site, Dargaville

21,22 & 23 February 2013

The Northland Field Days is the largest event held in Northland, and the second largest agribusiness event in New Zealand. Over 550 exhibitors participate, attracting in excess of 27,000 visitors to the event over the three days. Located on a purpose-built 36 hectare site in Dargaville, the Northland Field Days is run by a not-for-profit society and is delivered by a combination of volunteer committee, local helpers, exhibitors, contractors and a small number of onsite staff.

Tickets: Adult: $15.00, Child (5 -16yrs): $3.00, Under 5's: free


Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival

Kerikeri Domain, Cobham Rd, Kerikeri

23 February 2013

The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival: Fabulous food, gourmet cuisine, boutique wines, bountiful seafood and a continuous line up of talented musicians. The festival has something for everyone. Relax in the shade of a gazebo, enjoy more than 30 food and wine stalls, culinary and quirky competitions, stomping of the grapes, children’s entertainment and much more.

The Ocean & Orchard Wine & Food Festival is held on the Kerikeri Domain on Cobham Road in the heart of “boutiquely uniquely” Kerikeri. With its tropical, laid back ambiance, Kerikeri is a real lifestyle town, boasting over 20 cafes, designer boutiques, art galleries, quality restaurants, wine, art and craft trails, historic buildings and a multitude of boutique businesses and accommodations.

Cost: $20.00 Adult (18 years & over). $10.00 Teens (13yrs to 17yrs) Free (12yrs & under)


Waimamaku Wild Wests Festival

Hokianga, Mid North

23 February 2013

Held every year in February, weather permitting!

Entertainment, market stalls, possum skinning, barrel throwing, lots of fun.

Come and listen to Urban Country playing all the best country rock tunes in Waimamaku’s main street . Admission free.

People in the Park 2012

ASB Stadium, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei

24 February 2013

A fundraising event for promoted by Lions and Rotary Clubs of Whangarei this year in aid of North Haven Hospice. The day will include all day entertainment over various area including one main stage, the day will also host fun fair activities. It will include food and market stalls galore.

This is an annual event that creates huge community involvement and interest.


Mangawhai Triathlon

Mangawhai Boating & Fishing Club, Alamar Cres, Mangawhai

24 February 2013

Registration from 7:30am at the Club followed by safety briefing - Children: 8:15am Adults: 9:15am

Distances - Adults: Swim 500m or Kayak 1.5km, Cycle 17km, Run 5km Children: Swim 50m, Cycle 2km, Run 1km Prizegiving: After the last competitor finishes approximately 12:00 noon (for both junior and adult events).


Captain Morgan 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza

Ninety Mile Beach, Aupouri Peninsula

26, 27 & 28 February – 1 & 2 March 2013

A surf casting bonanza on the mighty 90 Mile Beach. Great prizes including $30,000 for heaviest snapper and $10,000 for average weight snapper, over $130,000 worth of lucky draw spot prizes including a Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 Double Cab.


March 2013

Chilltech Beach 2 Basin Run & Walk,

Onerahi, Whangarei

3 March 2013

Marathon, half Marathon, run & walk from Onerahi to the Town Basin Whangarei. 9.4km or 5.6km. Individual, Family, Corporate and School Team entries. 8am start. Free bus to start. Great spot prizes. Contact Sport Northland sportnorth@sportnorth.co.nz


BDO Tour of Northland

ASB Stadium, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei

14-17 March 2013

2013 will be the 13th edition of the Northland event after 2001 saw a keen group of riders take part in the very successful inaugural event. The event will follow Northland’s fully sealed Twin Coast Discovery Highway which touches New Zealand’s essence: unsurpassed nature estate, scenery, fishing, diving, walks, culture and heritage, golf, food, wine and people. You will discover New Zealand in a nutshell. A must for participants from both within New Zealand and overseas, the event takes in both the East Coast and West Coast of Northland. The BDO Tour of Northland has something for every rider, from the professional to the fun rider, and don’t worry about your bags just throw them onto the luggage truck and enjoy the ride.


Ray White Allens Kids Tri

Onerahi foreshore, Beach Road, Onerahi, Whangarei

17 March 2013

Fun day for the kids with The Swim of 150m (not far), The Bike of 4km (2km out and 2km back) and finishing with The Run of 1km long (500m out and 500m back)


Te Houtaewa Beach Race Challenge - Runs and Walks

Ninety Mile Beach, 90 Mile Beach, Aupouri Peninsula

23 March 2013

The Te Houtaewa Challenge has been running for over 21 years, and is one of the most challenging beach races in New Zealand! Located on the 90 Mile Beach, the Te Houtaewa challenge consists of four races; The Ultra Marathon which is 60 km, the Marathon 42 km and both Half Marathon Run and Half Marathon Walk are 21 km long. There is also a Cycle Race, tickets for the cycles are on Eventfinda also. Busses will be transporting runners/bikers from our designated meeting area at the Kaitaia Town Clock, from there you will be taken to the start of your preferred marathon. After marathon running and cycling are complete, there is an opportunity to explore our Race Day Village which will be packed with the sights, sounds and tastes of the far north!

What are you waiting for?! Come experience what the far north has to offer, having a lot of fun along the way!


Te Houtaewa Cycle Challenge

Ninety Mile Beach, 90 Mile Beach, Aupouri Peninsula

23 March 2013

Te Houtaewa Challenge has been running for over 21 years, and is one of the most challenging beach races in New Zealand, so in 2012 we added a Cycle Challenge with all the components of the Classic Run, this proved to be winner, so we are back for 2013, are you up for the Challenge!

All Cycle Events will start two hours after our runners and there will be 3 options – Ultra Marathon 63km, Marathon 42km or the Half Marathon. See website for more details.


Kaipara Kai and Fun Festival 2013

Harding Park, Mt Wesley Coast Rd, Dargaville

23 March 2013

Freshest, best and tastiest fare from around the Kaipara with an all day Festival starting 8am until 4pm. There will be children's fun and games (bouncy castles, rock wall etc), fun rides (Kumara Train), food and craft stalls (more than last year) plus demonstrations of the main food groups including our local Kumara.This year we are promoting and awarding food stalls making a conscious effort to provide healthier options for sale. We all love a good filling kai, and being healthy means that we are conscious of the food we eat.

Cost $10.00 – Adult


Whangarei Fritter Festival

Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium), Okara Park, Okara Dr, Whangarei

30 March 2013 (11am-7pm)

Be at the first ever Whangarei Fritter Festival on Saturday 30 March!

Enjoy a relaxed family day with great music and a feast of wines and gourmet fritters from Whangarei’s finest local restaurants and wineries. Featuring outstanding entertainment from The Black Seeds, Sola Rosa and Batucada Sound Machine plus loads more great talent.


Discover Whangarei Heads Easter Arts Trail

Whangarei Heads, Whangarei District

30 & 31 March 2013

Discover the stunning Whangarei Heads over Easter when the annual Easter Arts Trail kicks off again. Explore side roads, waterfront, bush and beach enclaves to find the vast artistic talent living there. Painters, potters, jewellers, printmakers, bead artists, weavers and sculptors are dotted throughout the area and this is your chance to visit them at their workplace. The trail is open for two days only.

The trail will start just beyond Onerahi and extends throughout the Whangarei Heads Peninsula including Parua Bay, Owhiwa, McLeods Bay, Taurikura and Urquharts Bay.



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