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The Bay of Islands Farmers’ Market is one of the longer-established Farmers’ Markets in the country. Crowds flock to the market each week, rain or shine, from regular shoppers keen to fill their bags and baskets with fresh fruit and vegetables for the week ahead, to friends catching up for coffee and a breakfast snack. Visitors come to experience the flavours of Northland and to buy mementos and gifts. Waitangi Day, at Waitangi in the Far North district, is commemorated every year on 6 February, marking the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed what is New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974. The Waipu Highland Games in the Whangarei district is the largest Highland Games in New Zealand. Every year New Zealanders attend Highland Games to compete in Piping, Drumming, Highland Dancing, Athletics and Highland Heavyweight Field Events, Fiddling, have fun with Tartan In The Park or to share with the public their Clan heritage and genealogy/family history.
The 90 Mile Beach surf casting competition, the Capt. Morgan Snapper Bonanza, is recognised globally as the benchmark for surfcasting tournaments and has achieved international acclaim as the world’s largest surfcasting event and has a reputation of the utmost integrity.  It has operated in its present 5 day format for the past 29 Years with fisherman coming from all over to compete and test their skills.

The Northland Field Days in Dargaville is the largest event of its kind to be held in Northland, and it is the second largest agricultural event in New Zealand. We attract over 550 exhibitors and host in excess of 25,000 visitors who attend the event during the three days. Exhibitors and visitors travel from all over New Zealand along with an increasing number of international companies participating.

Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) is the best emergency helicopter service in New Zealand. The aircrafts are exceptional; very safe, speedy and have long ranges. Over 22% of flights carry two or more patients and over 42% of operatons are at night. All our flights are operated with two pilots. This coupled with an IFR capability enables flying even in extreme conditions.