Things To Do... Places To See!

Explore Russell

An historic seaside village located on a peninsula of the upper East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, amidst the Bay of Islands, Russell has provided a haven for visitors over the last 300 hundred years. Its Island-like charm reflects the tranquility of yester-year and yet has successfully transitioned into the 21st Century with dignity and style.
This cosmopolitan community enjoys the natural wonders of the beach, sea and lush bush surroundings whilst revelling in the sophistication of fine dining and cafés available to visitors from around New Zealand and all over the world.

Voted by New Zealand's AA, the Bay of Islands (including Russell) has been nominated as a Kiwi Must-Do experience. Calling all Kiwis and overseas visitors alike - when you come to experience the magic of the Bay of Islands, hop across the bay and stay in the fabulous town of Russell. You won't be disappointed.



Things To Do

If you're looking for an adventure and a little excitement, Russell and neighbouring areas have it all. And you don't have to pay for it all either. There are 11 beaches ideal for swimming and picnics, four boat ramps and nine walking tracks.

You have so much to choose from, just click on these links for more information:
Fishing ChartersSailing Charters | Scenic Flights
R Tucker Thompson-Tall Ship Sailing (taking you back to the days of Captain Cook)
Cruise the Bay of Islands, go through the Hole In The Rock 
Swim With Dolphins | Dive The Rainbow Warrior
Dive The Naval Frigate, Canterbury HMNZNS
Kayaking and Pedal Boats | Jet Ski Hire | Guided Coastal Walks
Sky Diving or Parasailing | Quad Bike and Horse Adventures 
Charter A Helicopter To The Exclusive Kauri Cliffs For A Round Of Golf



Culture And Arts

With such a long history for Russell and the Bay, there is much culture to be enjoyed. A trip to the Te Kongahu Museum Of Waitangi, located at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must see experience!
The natural wonders of the spectacular Bay of Islands attract the creative free spirits of New Zealand. As a result, the area has developed a thriving arts and crafts community. Explore the many crafts shops and galleries throughout Russell and the Bay of Islands.




What our guests say

On the waterfront, 1 minute from the wharf. Spotlessly clean, friendly staff and within walking distance of all cafes and restaurants in Russell. We didn't use the spa room so can't comment on that. I would definitely stay here again. Beautiful sunse... Read More