The Festival

Every year jazz and blues musicians gather from all over New Zealand and overseas for the annual Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.

The venues in Paihia and Russell host over 150 hours of quality jazz and blues during the three-day event. There are more than 45 acts featured. Street performances each morning add to the atmosphere of the festival.


Admission into the venues will be by badge only unless stated.

Buy badges through this website,  at all Venues, B.O.I. i-SITE in Paihia 0800 363 463, Wards Music Shop in Whangarei 09 438 9063.

Badges cost $80, which gives access to all venues during the weekend and shuttle buses between the venues in Paihia.

Day passes are also available for $60.


Printed programmes are available at any venue and cost $5.

To find a place to stay, check out the listings on the Accommodation page. Most of the main venues offer accommodation and staying there will mean you'll be right where the action is, with easy parking and a warm welcome. You'll find links to the hotel websites where you can make contact and, where facilities are available, book online.

Be sure to support our venues and sponsors, as they help make this premium event possible. They'll be happy to help with all the information you need about the event.

Travel between venues is by free shuttle to people wearing the official Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival badge. Ferries support our festival by offering a discount to badge holders.