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The Bay of Islands Pastoral & Industrial Show (under various names) has been hosted in Waimate North since 1842 and is New Zealand’s oldest agricultural show. And it show’s no sign of ageing! The sun shone and cars came from everywhere – local, tourists, day visitors for this special event. The current exhibition ‘hall’ was built in 1891, and appears now much as it did then.. Check the photos and see if you can spot it!
Next weekend is the Kerikeri half marathon and street party – an incredibly popular event. If you haven’t got accommodation in Kerikeri by now, you probably won’t get it, but if you need to, give us a call – we have a few tricks up our sleeve.
The ever popular Kerikeri Garden Safari is only a couple of weekends away. Tour buses travel up from Auckland to the Bay of Islands for this annual event, and for good reason – the sub-tropical climate and generous size of many of Keri’s properties means there is a gardener’s feast of ideas, and being in mid-spring, the range of flowering plants, shrubs and trees is inspiring.
Of course, guests staying at Moon Gate Villa experience their own private safari! Our gardens have featured in safaris from year’s past, so after a hard days’ garden trekking, you can relax with a glass of wine, overlooking our stunning property.
We are surprised at the number of guests we have that fly into Auckland and either immediately hire a car, or stay a night in Auckland before catching a coach up to Bay of Islands. It’s a common scenario – many travellers start (or finish) a New Zealand tour up this way, but there’s an argument for transferring to a regional flight direct to Bay of Islands airport: it’s only a 40 minute flight, it will be ‘gentler’ start to your holiday, and saves a little cash in the process!
If you fly direct, you can enjoy free transfers to Moon Gate Villa from the airport, and relax for a day or so before picking up a rental car (as most do). Just about all the major rental companies are represented locally, and the saving of a day or two’s car rental cost, plus petrol easily covers the little extra to fly. And you don’t have to worry about the 3 hour plus drive whilst you’re possibly feeling a little jet-lagged. You’ll catch up with the scenery and of course visit Auckland as you head back south, with the added bonus of enjoying a scenic birdseye view of the coastline.
The same applies if your finish a tour in the Far North – consider ditching your rental in Kerikeri, and avoiding the traffic mess that is Auckland by flying direct to Auckland airport. You might even find you score an extra day to relax by the pool in our gardens with a good book (or perhaps someone who’s read one…) before bidding the land of the long white cloud goodbye!
If you have any questions, we are of course always happy to assist with your travel plans. Please use our contact form, or include any questions whilst booking.
There’s a good reason why even Aucklanders choose to head to the Far North in the winter months; even if it’s just for a weekend to the Bay of Islands. Typically our temperature are several degrees warmer over the Brynderwyn’s, and we seem to have more sunshine. Daytime temperatures are in the mid teens – occasionally tipping into the 20′s – and the nights are crisp and cool. And we have that fantastic combo of sunny skies, and autumn/winter colour. And we are now seeing the spring bulbs peeping up throughout our gardens – promises of more delights to come. Enjoy the pictures – all taken from Moon Gate Villa gardens.
Autumn weather can bring days of regular showers to Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands area in general. The cooler nights mean our deciduous trees develop their first tinges of red. There’s a good reason why everything is green and grows so well here! So we thought it might be nice to note some of the more shower friendly activities we have in the area for you to enjoy. It doesn’t all have to be all about boats and beaches!
For all sorts of reasons, many artists and artisans have chosen to make Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands their home, and the roads surrounding Kerikeri village are scattered with galleries, workshops, and cafes and restaurants exhibiting their fine works. A number of these are only a short stroll from Moon Gate Villa. With a little planning, you can combine a day’s treck around the art and craft trail and include a light lunch as well at one of our wineries. Kerikeri Art and Craft Trail.
The Bay of Islands is one of the original settlements sites of Maori some 1000 years ago, and the Far North still has one of the largest Maori populations in New Zealand - ideal for discovering this unique culture. Try a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to experience cultural performances first hand, or for something a little more unusual, visit the Kawiti glow worms caves – owned and operated by the Kawiti family who will tell you the historic tales of how the caves were discovered.
Nearby, enjoy the colour of local Kawakawa; maybe sample the $10 lunch specials at the 132+ year old Star Hotel and play a round of pool with the locals. Heading over to Ngawha, you can spend a day laying back in the hot mineral springs for not much than $5. Not as well-known as Rotorua, but a more genuine and ‘local’ experience. The hot springs are even better fun on a showery day!
There are several walking trails that are mostly under mature forest canopy cover. Some would argue that the famous Puketi forests are at the best in showery weather, and the one hour walk from the historic Kerikeri Basin and Stone Store to Rainbow falls is also mostly under light tree cover – just wear a light jacket and carry a brolly for the exposed parts! (Don’t have an umbrella? We’ll loan you one!)
Many of our guests just take the opportunity to take a holiday from their holiday. A quiet board game, a book, a movie. Site back and take in the view of our sweeping Moon Gate gardens; watch the water playfully trickle down the Japanese rain chains that surround the house, splashing into the goldfish ponds below.
If you have any questions about timing your trip to the Bay of Islands New Zealand, don’t hesitate to drop us a line and ask!