Bay of Islands
With a sub-tropical climate, and 144 islands, you can enjoy beach and water activities (fishing, diving, sailing, cruising round the islands or swimming with the dolphins), go exploring one of the many nature walks, charter a boat, enjoy one of the many vineyards, visit the Waitangi Treaty House (where New Zealand’s founding document was signed by Maori and Pakeha leaders) and so much more. You can find thrilling adventure, an idyllic aquatic playground and the ultimate peaceful retreat for your tranquil holiday.
Situated on the East Coast of Northland, New Zealand, the towns of Russell, Opua, Paihia, Waitangi and Kerikeri all make up part of the Bay of Islands. Each town has it’s own unique culture and lifestyle – from a lifestyle focus and bustle, to a calming historic atmosphere, and the beautiful beaches.
Kerikeri (where KOAST is held) and Waipapa are situated in the heart of the world famous Bay of Islands. Kerikeri is internationally renowned for its superb sailing waters and top class blue water fishing.
Kerikeri is the birthplace of the nation with the historic Stone Store and the oldest home in New Zealand at Kemp House. Enjoying a warm subtropical microclimate it is the home of citrus groves, kiwifruit and other orchards, and is famous for its art and crafts.
Only a three-hour drive from Auckland and 45 minute drive to Whangarei, Kerikeri is a vibrant, fast-growing developing town with a strong economic base and a sophisticated international, cosmopolitan population.
It is an ideal centre for exploring the riches of the Far North with many harbours, beaches, forests and golf courses all just a short drive away.
Kerikeri has a full range of businesses and amenities. It offers a complete range of shops and services including two supermarkets. The world renowned citrus, fruit and vegetable growers also offer fresh produce, including organic, as gate sales and at two great Farmer’s Markets in the middle of town including the Packhouse Market on Saturdays. Food outlets include more than 15 restaurants and cafes. As well, the Bay of Islands Golf Club, in Kerikeri is known nationally as an excellent course.
There is a full range of marine-based clubs covering fishing, boating, diving and surfing. Modern marina facilities are located at Doves Bay and Opua.
Kerikeri Airport provides several scheduled services each day to Auckland International Airport. Flight time on these services is 20 -35 minutes dependent on the plane size.
KOAST is held every Labour Weekend in Kerikeri, centre of the Bay of Islands Northland.
2021 Trail Dates
KOAST will not be held in 2020 due to Covid 19 but the dates for 2021 are 23, 24 and 25 October, Labour Weekend.