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 marina’s expansion project. Four pou were unveiled, along with a commemorative anchor stone and a touchstone representing local hapū Ngāti [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:0011 August, 2017|

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. The gravelled surface of the car park will be replaced with a full tar seal as part of the Bay [...]

2017-07-12T22:56:37+13:0011 July, 2017|

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 on adjacent land which it will own and lease back to the hotel. Construction is taking place in two phases. [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:0015 June, 2017|

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 for domestic airports in New Zealand. In light of the possible new requirements, airport owner Far North Holdings has had [...]

2017-04-06T12:12:23+13:003 April, 2017|

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 services sector. Propspeed, which supplies an anti-foul paint for boat propellers and running gear, says Bay of Islands Marine Painters [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:001 March, 2017|

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 quarter of next year if building consent is obtained and the tendering process is successful. Building work is expected to [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:0017 October, 2016|

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 at the ramp and the company wants residents and visitors to bear this in mind when making launch plans. [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:0010 November, 2015|

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 take 15 months to complete. Far North Holdings chief executive officer Andy Nock expects to achieve an occupancy level of [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:006 October, 2015|

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 land-based civil works associated with the expanded marina. Work will start in early September and is expected to take 18 [...]

2017-12-01T11:30:24+13:0013 August, 2015|

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 premises. The company will shift its 10 employees to Opua, take on the five boat-builders who currently work there and [...]

2017-03-28T10:40:40+13:0013 August, 2015|