Great Barrier Island Events Guide

There's always something happening on the Barrier. From market days and golf tournaments to fishing comp's and polar plunges...
We've put together a list of some of the action that's planned for 2020 and 2021...
Take a look at what's coming up.

September 12, 2020 ~ Claris Conference Centre

This well loved event is now in it’s sixth year and it’s going to be a good one. After 2019’s deeply moving topic of death, organisers have decided to focus on LAUGHTER for this year’s event.

The event will be Moderated by Michele A’Court – renowned comedian, write, social commentator and mum and winner of multiple awards for comedy. You may know her from… well, everywhere really – radio, television, theatre, clubs and pubs up & down the country.


Nick Holm: Senior Lecturer in media studies at Massey University. Nick will discuss the role humour plays in advertising, politics, popular culture and the media, and look at parody, satire, irony and comedy. Nick’s twitter handle reads: “pursued a PhD in media and cultural studies. Caught it.” Make sure you catch him on September 12.

Alex Taylor: Senior Lecturer in psychology and leader of the Animal Minds Lab at Auckland University. Alex will answer one of the most pressing questions of the day – do animals laugh? Alex studies the minds of humans, dogs, kea and crows, using theoretical and experimental approaches to figure out if our furry friends see the funny side of life.

Barbara Plester: Senior Lecturer in Management and International Studies at Auckland University. Barbara is an expert on workplace humour. Can banter and a chortle at work improve performance? Barbara will also explore kindness and cruelty in laughter.And no panel on laughter would be complete without a comedian. How do these guys go about making people laugh? What’s funny and what’s not? And what happens when it all goes wrong?

Jeremy Elwood, award winning comedian, and regular panelist on TV3’s 7 Days and RNZ’s The Panel, will reveal all.

The No Barriers team would like to thank Awana Rural Woman for being the event partner for the past five years, and welcome Destination Great Barrier Island as the new No Barriers umbrella organisation.

The Programme
Breakouts exploring panelists' passions:
9.30am - 10.45 Barbara Plester and Nick Holm
11.15am - 12 noon Alex Taylor
1pm - 2pm Jeremy and Michele
2.30pm - 4.30pm The Panel

Contact: Email

October 3, 2020 -Race commences at 7am from Port Fitzroy

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Back on in 2021

This fantastic annual event is a fundraiser for Kaitoke School. With humble beginnings the Wharf to Wharf Marathon has become a major Great Barrier Island event and sees serious competitors from around the world joining local kids, families, and sporting individuals & teams in this Kiwi Style Classic.
Run it – Walk it or Bike it.. Are you up to the challenge?


Garden Tour



Spectacular By Nature - Garden Tour

Cancelled due to COVID 19
But please stay tuned for Garden Tour 2021 and a potential smaller scale event for late 2020

Here is a unique opportunity to view a huge variety of residential gardens and landscapes on Great Barrier Island.
You’ll visit charming cottage gardens and lush island hideaways, see spectacular coastal panoramas and experience Great Barriers native flora and birdlife at it’s best.
Includes tour transportation, a scrumptious morning tea and a charming Devonshire afternoon tea.

For bookings and information – click here




Santa Parade & Christmas Market -December 5, 2020

Claris Sports Club / 10am

Come and enjoy the annual Santa Parade & Christmas Market Day at the Claris Sports Club. Check out the amazing floats, gaze in awe at Santa as he cruises by on some weird contraption or another.

Local Produce & Products, Sausage Sizzles, Live Entertainment, Water Slide, Lollie Scramble & other activities for the kids to enjoy. Always a fun day for the whole family. See you there!

Go Great Barrier Island