Explore Beach 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.

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 $25 return – a big saving on the usual return ferry price of $60.

Ferry departures have been known to SELL OUT so you’d be well advised to book early and secure your spot.

Ferry Schedule – to Otehei:
Ferry 1 departs: Paihia 5:00pm | Russell 5:15pm (arrive Otehei 6:00pm)
Ferry 2 departs: Paihia 5:45pm | Opua 6:00pm | Russell 6:15pm (arrive Otehei 7:00pm)
Ferry 3 departs: Paihia 6:45pm | Opua 7:00pm | Russell 7.15pm (arrive Otehei 8:00pm)

Return Ferry Schedule:
Ferry 1 departs Otehei Bay 9.00pm – drop offs at Russell, Paihia & Opua
Ferry 2 departs Otehei Bay 9.30pm -drop offs at Russell & Paihia only
Ferry 3 departs Otehei Bay 11.00pm – drop offs at Russell, Paihia & Opua

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 26 January, 2023.

Book your spot now!

Food & Beverage

As per previous years, there will be the option to purchase burgers, chips, salads at Otehei Bay.

There is a licensed bar at Otehei Bay where you can purchase drinks with cash or Eftpos. Strictly no BYO!


Enjoy the atmosphere with some great summer sounds from local acoustic duo Penny Royal Tea who will be playing throughout the evening.

Book your spot now!