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.
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.