News

11August, 17

Dawn blessing for next phase of marina expansion

A dawn unveiling ceremony at Bay of Islands Marina in Opua today conferred the blessing of tangata whenua on 149 new marina berths and work which will start soon on the next phase of the [...]

11July, 17

Temporary parking at Opua launch ramp

Far North Holdings is warning that a temporary parking area will replace parking next to the Opua boat launch ramp between August and mid October 2017, while the main area is resurfaced and marked out. [...]

15June, 17

Far North Holdings invests in Hokianga tourism growth

Far North Holdings has entered into a commercial agreement with the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga to redevelop and expand its accommodation. The Far North District Council’s commercial arm is to build 10 high-end units [...]

3April, 17

Airport expansion delayed

Construction of the proposed new terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri has been pushed back a year to April 2018 to future-proof the airport against the potential introduction of new security requirements [...]

1March, 17

Paint sales frame bigger picture

Opua-based Bay of Islands Marine Painters has been recognised by a leading supplier of anti-foul paint for “unheard of” growth in the use of its product, an indicator of significant growth in the region’s marine [...]

17October, 16

Plans in hand for Bay of Islands airport expansion

Planning is under way to expand the terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport near Kerikeri and to modernise facilities there. Owner and operator Far North Holdings hopes to start construction in the second [...]

10November, 15

Summer disruption expected at Opua launch ramp

Far North Holdings is warning of significant disruption at the Opua boat launch ramp. Construction work on the Bay of Islands Marina expansion project has restricted the amount of vehicle and trailer parking space available [...]

6October, 15

Marina expansion blessed

The Bay of Islands Marina expansion project at Opua was blessed today in a formal ceremony conducted by Reverends Hirini Parata of Moerewa and Glenys Davis of Kawakawa. Construction started today and is expected to [...]

13August, 15

Marina extension project ready to roll

The contract to build the second stage of the Bay of Islands Marina has been awarded to Total Marine Services, a New Zealand company with a branch in Opua. The $10 million project includes the [...]

13August, 15

Major boost for Bay of Islands marine services ‘hub’ at Opua

Bay of Islands custom boat-builder Bluefix Boatworks is to merge with Ashby’s Boatyard in Opua and move its operation from Kerikeri to new, state-of-the art boat-building and paint shop facilities to be erected on Ashby’s [...]

5August, 15

Barrier Air moves to Spring timetable

Limited demand over winter and customer feedback about departures and arrivals in the dark have prompted Barrier Air to drop one of its three week-day services between Kaitaia and Auckland. The airline plans to reinstate [...]

15June, 15

Opua Station

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15June, 15

Love Opua

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15June, 15

Opua business association Community meeting June 2015

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15June, 15

Opua Presentation 2015

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6June, 15

New projects to be outlined at Love Opua public meeting

Organisations behind the community-driven Opua Masterplan will present their visions for the town and unveil the first development projects at a public meeting to be held in the Opua Community Hall between 7pm and 10.30pm [...]

28March, 15

Kaitaia urged to make full use of new air service

Kaitaia residents have been urged to use their new air service to Auckland or risk losing it either partially or completely. The stark warning was issued today by Far North mayor John Carter at a [...]

3March, 15

Winning skills spotlight opportunities in boat-building

A 20-year old boat-building apprentice employed by Far North Holdings has come second in a national boat-building competition. Todd Leahy from Opua was part of a team drawn from marine businesses around the Bay of [...]