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Paihia Summer Festival

The "Biggest Little Circus in Town"


December 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – January 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Free!! Bring your picnic blanket and your smile and be entertained!

The Biggest Littlest circus is part of the Paihia Summer Festival of events schedule. An action packed, high energy colourful explosion, of circus street theatre! Featuring high skilled juggling, aerial acrobatics, fire and other death defying fun. With a small cast of three, this really is the Biggest Little Circus show. Fresh from a tour all around New Zealand this is a show that young and old will enjoy with a whole lot of laughs and kiwi charm. You can’t miss their leopard print leotards, and you don’t want to miss their finale! “They create a buzz so vibrant and colourful!”
Makers of Entertainment provide an awesome circus in a small space and are perfect for the summer holidays in Paihia – appealing to the visitors as well as our local community this will be the 2nd time we have had the pleasure to have this circus in town. They will be performing twice a day every day except NYE only 1 show, 2pm and 7pm approximately 1 hour long It is a busking show. At the end we will pass the hat (or backpack as it happens to be) and ask for koha.

Check out the Paihia Summer festival also!

Christmas Day Opening Hours for Dining

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Waterfront Café                 09 402 6701 Lunch 12 till 3 pm Dinner from 5.30 pm Reservations can be made at info@waterfront-                                               restaurant-paihia.co.nz or phone 09 402 6701

35 Degrees South              Open from 12pm 09 402 6220 2 course set menu $50 3 course set menu $60 Reservations can be                                             made at 35south.co.nz/reservations or phone 09 402 6220

Alongside                          Open from 12pm 09 402 6220 $20 deposit per person for a reservation Reservations can be made                                             at alongside35.co.nz/reservations or phone 09 402 6220

Kingsgate                          12pm buffet, 6pm buffet $80 adult, $40 child 09 402 7416

Scenic Hotel                       6pm Set menu. Adult $72.50, child $36.50 09 402 7826

Copthorne Hotel                 Casual Dining available for Breakfast all through. 09 402 7411 Christmas Day Buffet three sittings                                             12pm 3pm 6pm Reservations only. Barbecue Buffet and Café menu available for Casual diners                                                Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Café Menu available all other times.

King Wah Restaurant           5pm buffet, $38 adult, child – depends on age 09 402 7566

Otehei Bay Bar & Otehei Bay Bar & Café          

                                            Full service of lunch and dinners. 0800 365 744 Open from 9.00am till 6.30pm with the last ferry                                               returning from Otehei Bay at 6.30pm to Paihia/ Russell. Bookings required for dinner and or larger                                             groups. From Otehei Bay at 6.30pm to Paihia/ Russell. Bookings required for dinner and or larger                                             groups.

Movenpick                            From 9am Open All Day

Paihia Four Square               From 9am Open All day


Alfrescos, Legends(RSA), Charlottes Kitchen, Tanoa Hotel Paihia, Thirty 30, Waka Café - Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi Golf Club Full Already – Provenir, The Duke

Air NZ Safety Video...in Northland!

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Excitement in Northland!
Last weekend say the Bay abuzz with excitement with the news celebrities and camera crews were in town filming the next Air New Zealand safety video which will be watched by millions of people globally!  Kiwis and people from all over the world that travel with the wonderful Air New Zealand carrier love the safety videos that play on every flight. The last video stars our famous winning RWC All Black team with Ritchie McCormick, Dan Carter, Izzie Dagg, coach Steve Hansen etc plus our own Stan Walker!  I never get tired watching a few times over a couple of months this year when I had to fly for tourism meetings.

Like all Northlanders, I am very excited and so looking forward to seeing the new video which took scenes  in the Bay of Islands, Hokianga and Cape Reinga. I know when I get to watch the video on flight one day, I will be not only super proud to have my home being showcased around the world but I dare say I will find it emotional also! 



Many of the locals saw the filming on the beach and other spots around the area? It was exciting news  - and the filming included shots of some lucky locals and of course New Zealand celebrities such as our own Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter! (above)


Tane Mahuta - The King of the Forrest and our magnificent Kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest and Shortland Street star Jayden Daniels will soon be seen by millions of people globally! 


Other scenes include the amazing Ninety Mile Beach which you can access with Fullers Greatsights

So look out for the video and come and visit Northland! Stay at Outrigger Motel of course!



Eek!! Can't believe it's nearly Christmas!!!

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It's November! Where did that year go and where did Spring go?? Summer is here in the Bay of Islands!

Overnight we have gone from long sleeved shirts to sleeveless shirts (unless of course you are Greg and wear short sleeved shirts all year round in out tropical paradise!)

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed as the planning for the Paihia annual Christmas parade has come upon us already. You know it's nearly Xmas when the parade planning comes around!!


In saying that...we are looking forward to the famous Paihia Xmas Parade on Dec 2nd 2016 @ 5.30pm as we are known for the town that really out-performs on spectacular as far as Christmas Parades go!! You need to see it to believe it! School principals flying through the air and men in drag. Come check it out for sure!

We are also looking forward to the annual Paihia NYE Fireworks display and Paihia Summer Festival running from Jan 8th to Jan 14th 2017. 

We also super excited to have the "Biggest Little Circus" in town again too. There will be daily and evening shows from Dec 31st to Jan 9th 2017. In past years the crowds returned daily for the show entertaining people of all ages. Fun, fun, fun in the Bay of Islands! We hope we see you here! Get your accommodation with Outrigger Motel booked now!

Hosting and the Human Spirit.

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I had a huge dose of gratitude on the weekend....

I got away to watch our youngest daughter compete in the Auckland Half Marathon, for her first, ever half marathon.


Watching all these amazing people compete whether they were seasoned athletes, people with disabilities or amateur walkers certainly creates some warm fuzzies inside us all. It was so inspiring and I'm sure that 90% of the spectators walked away that day vowing, that they too, would compete next year.

I felt very grateful and humble that I could get away for the day to see all these people and especially, our daughter cross the finish line with her mile-wide smile and realised this is the whole reason we are Outrigger Motel and why we do motelling and hosting of all you fabulous people! Why? Because of "The Human Spirit"!


The whole purpose we all do what we do is to connect and help one another and I feel very blessed that I have a "job" that I can do just that! This "job" has also let us be able to work alongside our friends and peers to give back to the community which then supports us all. This "job" has helped raise our children to be good people and to be able to go off into the world and talk to all sorts of people and organisations.

So yes...I'm feeling pretty dam grateful and blessed and if it takes one of the family to run a half marathon for me to see that then I hope I attend many, many more.

You never know....perhaps it will be me next year??

Waitangi Mountain Bike park OPENING

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"Thrilled beyond belief" is how Paihia's Tiffany Holland summed up her feelings (and probably a massive understatement!)  during the opening on October 16 2016, of the Far North's first park for mountain bikers.


Waitangi Mountain Bike Park opened with an initial 20km of trails in the forested hills behind Waitangi.


This summer work will begin on another 25km; by the time the park is finished in 2017 it will boast 75km of trails.


A wonderful bit of architecture is the bike hub at the Bayly Rd entrance and so far has parking, portable loos and information panels but will eventually include a cafe, park office and bike rental.


Community group Focus Paihia is behind the project, which was the brainchild of Mrs Holland and her husband Robin. They got the community behind them and the community delivered in terms of massive amounts of donations and grants plus the hundreds of hours of free labour to get the park to this stage.


The bike-mad couple battled bureaucracy for three years then shed "blood, sweat and tears" during a year of construction to get the park off the ground.


Though the WMBP facility will be 'free to ride' there is a low cost membership for an annual fee of $25 - this money goes entirely towards maintenance of the trails and is extremely important for the sustainability of the project. So it is essential that we make this offer as attractive as possible, as we need EVERYONE who rides the park to join. 

Come check it out. The views are spectacular out over the Bay of Islands and the tracks sensational......according to my husband! 

New Treats in Kerikeri!

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A couple of weeks ago I went out for a girls day out.

We wanted to try somewhere new and then I remembered that the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory had added a café. As we walked in we were greeted by lovely smiling faces and an array of tasty looking treats. As we looked at all the options we were spoilt for choice. After much deliberation, I decided on ice cream and my friend went for the cake and coffee option . It was absolutely delicious! I had a double scoop in a cone, however, I could have just had a single as they were very generous with their servings. Once we paid we sat outside in the sunshine. There was lots of seating inside and out and even though the café is close to the road it was very peaceful. We both enjoyed our visit to the Makana café and will definitely be going back soon. The toilets are lovely too!!!!!! 

On a Saturday, you can make a day of it with a visit to the fabulous Packhouse Market now just across the road from the Makana Chocolates and Cafe. 

The market runs every Saturday morning from 8.00am indoor and outdoor – RAIN OR SHINE!!!

At the Bay of Islands Old Packhouse Market you will find good, honest, farm fresh products plus value added produce, fabulous artisan breads & pastries, delicious “street” food, great coffee and music.

The Old Packhouse Market is also a good place to purchase gifts from a wide range of talented Arts and Crafts stallholders.

And then go and treat yourself to Makana deliciousness after the markets! Enjoy!

Get down and dirty at the Bay of Islands Beast!

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July 9th saw entrants who participated in The Bay of Islands Beast flock to Paihia from all over Northland and Auckland. The Bay of Islands Beast is one of many very successful and annual events to be held in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Over 800 people got down 'n dirty in mid-winter, all in the name of fitness and fun to participate in this great community supported event in the Bay of Islands. Most entrants and their support people stay in Paihia and enjoy Fullers Greatsights transport to and from The Beast which is held at a local farm at Haruru Falls. The Hawke family give up a couple of paddocks and their farm life for the day so as the Sports Northland team along with Fullers Greatsights can hold this fantastic event. Fullers Greatsights provide their coaches to deliver entrants to and from Paihia to make for a carefree, non-stress time for all, in this event. (I know what you're thinking...that you wouldn't want to get in the coaches after this lot, but Fullers Greatsights do an excellent job of the transporting and no one would know there has an ounce of dirt in the buses at all!)

Though we claim our region as the "Winterless North" here in the Bay of Islands, you will agree that New Zealand could not be as amazingly lush, green and beautiful without a certain amount of rainfall, so a perfect event to have in July where getting dirty is the aim! Don't panic, as our local good guys the Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade are there in force for a bit of fire drill practice whereby they get to hose the mud off everyone at the finish line. I don't know who has the most fun?? I hear there are plenty of brigade volunteers on the day!! 

People of all ages and levels of fitness participate in The beast and it is so pleasing to see that this crazy yet amazing race is encouraging many people into their first of many, sporting events. There is plenty of competition for the individual athlete who are competing in the all the Sport Northland Series Events OR for the entrants that are just there for fun and fitness from walking, running and sliding their way to the finish line. Teams of mates, school groups, sport clubs and corporate teams are encouraged to enter. As you can see, "dress-up" is the order of the day!

Everyone finishes off their fun filled day at the prize giving held in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Beast Community Street Party held in Williams Road, the Centre of Paihia village. Some great prizes to be won and then time to enjoy wonderful food, wine, music and local ambience at the Street Party!

As you know Outrigger Motel is so centrally located so it is just a short stroll of 300 meters to catch the coach for the Beast and 200 meters to the Street Party in the heart of Paihia. So what are you waiting for?

Check out the link to The Bay of Islands Beast for more information and to book for next years event and while you are at is book your central Paihia accommodation at Outrigger Motel too. Book online NOW or give us a call 0800 7627737

It called the winter-less north for a reason.

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2016 Autumn, has melting records for being the hottest climate since 1938 and we are expecting the trend to continue through the winter. 
Already middle of June and we are still sitting out in the sun with our kiwi-attire on; Jandals, T-Shirts, and shorts. Here in the Bay of Islands, there is no need for rugging up like the rest of the country, as we have the sun streaming in, enough to make it feel like summer.

Today may be the shortest day of the year, but we can make the most of it with the weather being so nice for all the activities here in the Bay of Islands.

18°C today, which is hotter than Britain in the middle of their summer. We have made a little list of things that you can do in the Bay of Islands over Winter

1.    Fishing- We have plenty of fishing charters here in the Bay of Islands to choose from. Start the day off early, and head out to sea around 7am to catch the beautiful sunrise as it peaks over Russell. The sea is quieter in winter and very peaceful.

2.    Golf- The Waitangi golf course is just around the corner from Outrigger Motel. Go and see the spectacular sea views up there for yourself. Views that beyond Russell. All golfer at any level are welcome.

3.    Waitangi Treat grounds and the New Museum- Come and see where New Zealand's history began. With a newly constructed museum, we have plenty of artifacts that only a few have seen. Come and check it out and have a tour around the grounds with some of the local tour guides.

4.    Bike tracks- Now that it is winter, the bike tracks are not over populated so you are able to 'shred' through the Haruru forest in peace.

5.    Tour boats and buses- We have an array of tours to choose from in winter that you can take part in with not having to walk for more than 50 steps out of Outrigger Motel. We will help you book a tour that suits you and will wave you goodbye as you enter a day of history, sight-seeing and fun.

6.    Wine tours- What better way to spend winter than with a wine tour. We have over 10 wine vineyards here in the Bay of Islands to choose from, just a matter of picking one that suits you. Alternatively, the Bay of Islands ‘its’ festival is in October. This is a wine and food festival that has been held for the past 4 years in the heart of Paihia. We are expecting it to the best one yet in 2016 as we are welcoming New Zealand band, Dragon performing to the festival goers.

7.    Forest walks- No hustle and bustle in the tracks in this time of the year. You are able to walk the variety of forest tracks we have here in the Bay of Islands without seeing anybody. What better way to become mindfulness in your thinking and breathing than being one on one with mother nature. Our favorite walk here at the Outrigger Motel is the Hararuru forest walk. We will personally drop you to the Hararuru forest waterfall, where from there it is only a 30 min walk back to the township. You will see the magnificent waterfall, many native and endangered birds and the best part is you will have it all to yourself.

8.    Dine in the sun- We have many restaurants and cafes in Paihia that are situated right on the waterfront. Having them right there, allows you to be able to bathe in the sun, whilst drinking your well-deserved coffee or wine. Here at Outrigger Motel, we will give our honest opinions on where we think is the best place for you to eat.

9.    Beach walks- Now that it is winter, not many people are located on the beach. This now allows us to walk peacefully down the beach, breath in the fresh sea air and reminisce on how blessed we are to be in the warm, sunny, beautiful Bay of islands.

10.    Eat ice cream!!- Just because… why not?

Here at Outrigger Motel, we welcome all our guest from all over the globe and it is our goal to make their stay the best it can be. 
If you start getting the ‘winter blue’ relocate yourself to the 'Winter-less North' for a weekend get away to boost yourself for the cold months a head.

Love this time of year!

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Yes, I love the month of June!

Why you ask, when it's the start of winter, the days are short, the nights are dark, it can be cooler and sometimes it's wet!

But yes, I love this time of year. It is quieter, the pace is slower and I get so much done!!!! For me it's time to reboot, plan and reinvigorate myself and our business and what better place to do it than in the Bay! We encourage all our friends and family to visit us this time of year and when they do, they are always blown away by the mildness int eh weather and the beauty of the Bay.

The Bay of Islands is called “The Winterless North” and is famous for sunshine and balmy weather year-round. Even on the off-chance of showers, the colours of the water and greenery are spectacularly vibrant, and it seems to only enhance the views. It's a great time to visit the Bay as it is not as busy and a few degrees warmer than anywhere else in the country. Plus so many events on the go.

The people are friendly, relaxed and always have a welcome and kind gesture to anyone not familiar with the area. We look after each other and look out for each other. Isn't that what life's about? This time of year brings out the locals who have worked really hard all season looking after our visitors. The ideas start flowing and events get organized and working bees are diarized by the many volunteers that pitch in anyway they can. So yes, a real community feel.

I think June is also the time to reflect on the beauty and and the natural wonder we have here in the Bay and Northland, with our maritime playground and the wonderful native bush and scenic areas. The shortest day brings about Matariki Celebrations (Maori New Year) with the sky so clear at night and full of stars. Some things that we take for granted after talking to many of our overseas visitors. Again another reason to visit in winter.

Half marathons and mud running events (BOI BEAST) populate the winter months in the Bay with street parties and car shows right in Paihia. BOI jazz n Blues Festival attracts so many music enthusiasts from NZ and overseas as our streets and venues are so easy to get around. You can just stroll every where or catch the iconic Russell ferry. The beauty of simplicity! 

So come and join us at the Outrigger Motel in June, July, August or September and enjoy what I enjoy about the Bay!

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