Reconnect in the Bay – the ideal conference or corporate retreat

New Zealanders know the Bay of Islands is a great place to holiday – but it’s also a fantastic destination in which to meet, conference, bond with colleagues and get away from the rat race for a corporate retreat. Organising an event in the Bay of Islands is easy – we’re here to help and our business events operators will work as one to make sure your conference, incentive, meeting or retreat is a success. Venues are not a problem and the region can easily host a group of a few hundred, while working particularly well for smaller business events in the 20 to 200 range.

Getting to the Bay of Islands

An easy three-hour drive from Auckland or an hour from Whangarei and well connected by air, the Bay of Islands has venues a stone’s throw from the sea. Yet despite the ease of access, mid-week in the main conferencing months between March and November you will feel like your group has the ‘run of the Bay’ – no crowds and plenty of time and space to think, work and plan.

What better way to get your team’s creative juices flowing than with a working breakfast to the sounds of waves breaking the beach nearby?

Things to do

But there is so much more to the region than that. This is the opportunity for you delegates to connect with the culture and history of New Zealand – visiting or even meeting at The Waitangi Treaty Grounds with its new conference centre and the adjacent Te Rau Aroha Museum that tells the story of the Māori commitment to the armed forces (in addition to the longer established Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi).

For an ice-breaker, a mid meeting adrenalin rush or an exciting way to finish the day, there are plenty of options. Taking a Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, stretching the legs on one of the areas many hiking trailsjet skiing or mountain biking can all be adapted and tailored for groups.

Or head out to Otehei Bay at Urupukapuka Island for a day with a difference, enjoy the hospitality of the Duke of Marlborough in historic Russell (Kororareka), explore the wineries or get your group out on to a Bay of Islands Golf Course for a social (or competitive) round.

So, what are you waiting for?

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The best venues & activities in the Bay of Islands

The Duke of Marlborough

Welcome to The Duke of Marlborough Hotel – refreshing rascals and reprobates since 1827. The Duke situated on the waterfront in Russell is a hotel steeped in history and intrigue.

The Rock Adventure Cruise

Experience this must do activity in the Bay of Islands on The Rock Adventure Cruise. Fantastic activities, food and fun that’s suitable for all ages.

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities at our Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands enhance the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site, where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document was signed: the Treaty of Waitangi.

Fullers GreatSights

Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands offers the most extensive range of Bay of Islands cruises.

Explore Group

Welcome to Explore Group, we’re a unique and exciting company. We deliver once in a lifetime experiences to our customers everyday in the Bay of Islands.

Charlotte’s Kitchen

Charlotte’s Kitchen established in 2015 is relatively new to the dining scene in Paihia and brings a fresh approach to dining – with a killer view right at the end of the Wharf in Paihia, Bay of Islands!

Rogue Pony Tours

Rogue Pony Tours are about showcasing the Bay of Islands, one of the finest locations in New Zealand, from a unique viewpoint! We’ve got a selection of high-end vehicles, experienced local drivers, and endless local knowledge to take you on the private tour of a lifetime.

Russell Mini Tour

Click here to download the latest timetable for cruises arriving at the Bay.

Copthorne Hotel

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Our 180 guest rooms include 4 suites and accessible rooms.

Turner Centre

The Turner Centre in Kerikeri offers an impressive set of in-house spaces for your next conference or event.

Baylys’ Farm Wedding & Corporate Event Venue

With 2000-acres of rolling farmland sitting alongside secluded bays and private golden sand beaches of the Bay of Islands, Baylys’ Farm provides a uniquely stunning backdrop for your next event.

Get in touch to book your conference or meeting at the Bay of Islands.