The Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands Beast is an off road, cross country event that is hosted by Sport Northland Events and is situated in the picturesque Bay of Islands.
The Beast is having it's fifth birthday this year so lets get down and dirty and celebrate. This event offers one distance of 7km. The course encompasses some steep hills, uneven terrain, mud and a whole lot of fun.
The event attracts a diverse range of participants from all walks of life, cultures and ages attracting around 1000 participants annually..
Are you in?
Purchase the official Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Beast Cap and you could win one of the following.
A trip for 2 to the Hole in the Rock with Fullers Great Sights
A Dolphin Cruise
A Samsung Galaxy Tablet thanks to North Cloud
A $500 Thermatech prize pack sponsored by Thermatech for one lucky participant wearing their best fancy-dress attire whilst still wearing their official 2020 'Jennian Homes Bay of Islands Run/Walk cap’ (during the event & prize giving).
Read up on the Event Day Guide to get the low down on merchandise cut offs and print dates etc.
We are proud to be part of the history of the Bay of Islands and look forward to sharing the story of where it all began in the birthplace of our nation – Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Fullers GreatSights Awards
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands has a proud tradition of excellence, winning several major awards in recent years.
Grand Pacific Tours: Supplier of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011
Inbound Tour Operator Council: Operator of the Year 2010
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013-19
Fullers GreatSights History
When Albert Ernest Fuller launched his sailing ship Undine in 1887 to deliver coal supplies to the islands, he had no idea he was planting the seeds of a flourishing tourism industry in the Bay of Islands. After fitting a motor to the Undine in the early 1900s, he was able to deliver coal and essential supplies as far as Cape Brett.
In 1927 Fuller acquired the Cream Trip from Edmund Lane with facilities to transport cream from the islands, and in 1928 won the Royal Mail contract allowing him to deliver post.
When the road opened from Whangarei to Russell in the 1930s, a car ferry service began between Paihia and Russell. During World War II, the military established a barge crossing between Opua and Okiato. This was continued during peacetime by the Deeming family and eventually obtained by Fuller, making Fullers an integral part of the community through the provision of services to both tourists and locals.
By the 1960s the Cream Trip had become a popular attraction, and the well known Bay Belle started its run. For five shillings a tourist could spend all day on the launch, picking up cream cans from the isolated farms and having a great outing in the Bay.
By the mid '80s the Bay of Islands was a proven destination for tourists, with Fullers providing regular trips to the Hole in the Rock, Cream Trip tours and coaches to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach. Today Fullers GreatSights comprises a fleet of 10 vessels, 6 coaches and employs up to 100 team members in peak season.
We would like to thank the community for its support through the years. We are proud to be part of the history of the Bay of Islands and look forward to sharing the story of where it all began in the birthplace of our nation: Aotearoa, New Zealand.