It’s Back! Book Now for Explore Otehei Bay Beach Party 2021

bay of islands sailing week beach party 2021

Yes indeedy – not even COVID can keep us down! (Is that tempting fate? We hope not.)

Despite the impact of this year on the tourism industry in the Bay of Islands and all of NZ, we’re incredibly stoked to say Explore have once again come to the party and… well, put on a party!

The Bay of Islands Sailing Week Beach Party at Explore’s stunning beach resort, Otehei Bay, is always a highlight of the regatta. This family friendly beach party is open to everyone – sailors and non-sailors alike – to enjoy the live music, sunshine and summer vibes on the beach at Otehei Bay.

Check out the Photo Gallery from the last Beach Party to see what it’s all about.

© Lissa Photography |

How to get there – and back again

Explore’s scheduled ferries from Opua, Paihia and Russell are the easiest and safest way to get out to the Beach Party and back again, especially if you’re planning to partake in a few adult beverages.

There’s an incredibly special price of just $20 return – a big saving on the usual return ferry price of $50.

Ferries will accept ‘walk-on’ passengers, but ONLY subject to availability. Ferry departures have been known to SELL OUT so you’d be well advised to book early and secure your spot.

Ferry Schedule:

There are a number of scheduled ferry departures to get you out to the island:

Departing Opua: 5pm | 5:30pm | 6pm | 7pm
Departing Paihia: 5pm | 6:30pm
Departing Russell: 6:40pm

So bring your family, bring your friends and bring your togs along to the sell-out Bay of Islands Sailing Week Beach Party on Thursday 28 January, 2021.

Book your spot now!

© Lissa Photography |

We’re incredibly grateful to Explore and Otehei Bay for making the Bay of Islands Sailing Week Beach Party possible. For more information about the fabulous Otehei Bay, visit or follow Otehei Bay on Facebook.