Russell is a popular spot for boaties and holiday makers.
Russell
Russell , Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland

Quaint and charming, the township of Russell is steeped in early New Zealand history.
Russell
Russell , Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland

Russell

Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries gives Russell a truly romantic quality.

This charming town is the perfect base for exploring the Bay of Islands.

Russell holds an important place in New Zealand's history, being the country's first sea port, its first European settlement and New Zealand's first capital in nearby Okiato. The town's streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today.

A stroll around the streets will lead you to the Catholic Mission ‘Pompallier’, which is New Zealand’s oldest surviving Roman Catholic building. Built in 1841-42, under the direction of architect Louis Perret, it was used as a printery, tannery and storehouse for the French Marist mission. Pompallier has undergone extensive award-winning conservation work and is now a working museum where past methods of tanning, printing and bookbinding can be appreciated.

Another building to admire is Christ Church, the oldest existing church in New Zealand, which still carries musket ball holes from the New Zealand Land Wars.

Russell was once known as ‘The hellhole of the Pacific’ because it was a shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century. Today the atmosphere is much more savoury - Russell is a popular a holiday town, with plenty of shops, restaurants and accommodation to suit the whole family.

At the wharf you can catch a game fishing boat to hunt for marlin, tuna, broad bill and sharks. Nearby Long Beach is a nice place for a swim. Many of the Bay of Islands daily cruises also use Russell as a departure point out to the Bay of Islands.

Russell is accessible by road, but the easiest way to visit is to catch a vehicle ferry from Opua (5 minutes), or passenger ferry from Paihia, which takes around 15 minutes.

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Bellrock Lodge - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037422
Just 450 metres from Kororareka Bay, Bellrock Lodge offers studios with a private balcony and lovely bay and town views. It features free Wi-Fi, plus free diving, fishing and snorkelling equipment hire. A kitchenette with a dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator is standard in all studios. Each air-conditioned studio features flat-screen satellite TV, a D... (more)
Commodores Lodge - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037899
Commodore's Lodge offers waterfront motel accommodation in Russell, Bay of Islands. Accommodation consists of 10 spacious self-contained motel units that are serviced daily. Luxury upstairs waterfront house available on application.Units come with fully equipped kitchen, ensuite, wireless internet access, Sky TV and DVD player. Other facilities include swimm... (more)
Eagles Nest - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094038333
Situated just outside Russell, Eagles Nest offers spacious and elegant villas with free Wi-Fi access and full kitchen facilities. Each has a large private terrace, and some villas have a private swimming pool. Guests enjoy a bottle of champagne upon arrival.All of the villas at Eagles Nest Russell have a living room with a plasma-screen satellite TV and a DV... (more)
Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
0800403711
Flagstaff lodge is a small property offering luxury accommodations in the village of Russell, in the Bay of Islands. Guests can enjoy a peaceful environment, good spa facilities and free Wi-Fi.The lodge has 4 uniquely decorated and themed guest accommodations, all which are spacious in size. Each room has a modern private bathroom.Breakfast is included in th... (more)
Hananui Lodge and Apartments - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037875
Surrounded by lovely gardens, Hananui Lodge and Apartments features accommodation with free Wi-Fi, a private balcony or patio and an LCD TV. Guests enjoy an indoor spa pool and free use of kayaks. Accommodation options include apartments located 100 metres from the waterfront and lodge rooms offering sea views. Each apartment, studio and suite offer a kit... (more)
Motel Russell - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell, Russell
0800240011
Set amongst beautiful tropical gardens, Russell Motel offers comfortable accommodation just 5 minutes’ walk from Kororareka Bay. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, barbecue facilities and free parking.Motel Russell is located within 5 minutes’ walk of a number of shops and restaurants. The historic Pompallier House is less than a minute’s walk a... (more)
Pawhaoa Bay Lodge - Accommodation in Whangaruru New Zealand
Whangaruru
094336566
Pawhaoa Bay Lodge boasts direct beach access and rooms with beautiful views of Whangaruru Harbour from your private patio. Guests enjoy free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment.You can spend the evening relaxing in the guest lounge, which features a library and a warming fireplace. The guest dining room also offers lovely views of the harbour. There is a... (more)
Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
0800148671
Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park offers great accommodation, stunning sea views, the perfect Bay of Islands location and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. We have the answer to all your Bay of Islands accommodation needs secluded motel units, family accommodation, a range of cabins, deluxe campervan sites and more. Our Holiday Park offers accommodation near the cent... (more)
Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Bay of Islands, Russell
0800676642
Russell's Family Park offering budget accommodation options and an ideal base for Bay of Islands tours, fishing, beaches, walks, galleries, cafes, restaurants, heritage sites, dolphin and Hole in the Rock cruises. 100m from the Okiato to Russell walkway and 1.5km from Russell village. Overlooking Orongo Bay, native bush setting in kiwi and weka protection zo... (more)
Tahapuke - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037637
Offering peace and total privacy, yet just 5 minutes’ walk from Russell's wharf and town centre, Tahapuke features direct access to a private beach from the outdoor terrace with seating area and BBQ.Tahapuke Lodge is decorated with modern decor and furnishings and offers expansive views across the sea to Paihia and Waitangi. Guests enjoy exclusive access to ... (more)
The Duke Of Marlborough - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037829
The 19th-century Duke Hotel is located on the waterfront, overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands. It features a guest lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.Situated in Russell town centre, The Duke of Marlborough is just 4 minutes’ walk from Russell Museum and the historic Pompallier House. Paihia is a 40-minute drive a... (more)
Titore Lodge - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037335
Exclusive 5 Star lodge overlooking the ocean harbour of historic Russell. Peaceful and serene, 1 minute from town or 10 minutes walk along the foreshore and through the forest. Easy access by ferry or road. 3 full suites, elegant art and furnishings. Activities include sailing, high speed boats to the islands, game fishing, diving, para-sailing, scenic fligh... (more)
Top Motel Russell - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
0800521092
A Top Motel and a warm welcome await you at Top Motel Russell in the historic township of Russell. Offering quality, comfort and family-friendly accommodation all within easy walking distance to beautiful swimming beaches, heritage buildings and sites, scenic walks, cafés, restaurants and cruise departure points, so you can make the most of what the beautifu... (more)
Triton Suites Motel - Accommodation in Russell New Zealand
Russell
094037473
Triton Suites Motel offers modern accommodation only a 5-minute stroll from Russell's waterfront. Free car parking is included.The rooms at Triton Suites Russell include satellite TV, DVD player and bathroom toiletries. Most rooms feature full cooking facilities and great views towards the sea. Some also have a private spa bath.Triton Suites has 2 barbecue a... (more)
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  • Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 10:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    Learn about NZ's leading cause of blindness, macular degeneration, at this free seminar in Kerikeri. Local Ophthalmologist, Dr David Dalziel, will share the latest information on treatments and the management of this ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Full Circle Walk – Russell to Russell via Paihia - Walk 2 Leaving Russell, you head towards Okiato, which is the site of New Zealand’s first capital. Walking along the ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 8:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Rakaumangamanga – Cape Brett Lighthouse Overnight Walk - Walk 15 This must be one of the best hikes in New Zealand – a must do! A difficult but totally rewarding walk… enjoy ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Bike & Hike - Walk 20 Meeting at the Bowling Club to catch a minibus for the short ride to the car ferry for the 5-minute ride from Okiato to Opua. ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 2:30PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5 Omata Estate is a boutique vineyard situated in a stunning location on a sheltered hilltop with wonderful views across the vines to the bay. Their ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Mana, Missionaries and Mayhem - Walk 13 Take the ultimate tour of Russell taking in some of the most significant landmarks and hearing the captivating stories, before finishing up ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 3:30PM / Fun Runs & Walks
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Russell Club Walk - Walk 14 An introduction to the heart of the Russell community, walk between clubs, stopping for a drink and some fascinating stories. Visit the Boating club, ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Urupukapuka Island - Walk 6 You have the choice of the long island loop or a shorter walk. Urupukapuka Island is the largest island in the Bay of Islands and is a slice of ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Opua Forest Traverse - Walk 11A Leave Russell and catch the ferry to Paihia where you will be met by Stella from Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours, she will take you on an informative, ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Kotikoti Pa Walk - Walk 9 This spectacular walk is on private land which is opened for the Walking Weekend. A perfect opportunity to do something you cannot do the rest of the ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 12:30PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Opua Forest - Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours - Walk 11 - Short walk Experience an exclusive Māori cultural guided tour through an amazing native kauri forest. Leave Russell and ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 6:15AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend “Meet the Locals!” Sunrise Breakfast and Walk - Walk 4 An early start to the day to meet the locals. Watch the sun rising over the Cape Brett Peninsula, have breakfast ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 7:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Moturua Island Song – Sailing on the Yacht Kingfisher - Walk 7 Sailing out from Russell aboard a comfortable sailing vessel, experience the peacefulness of arriving at a ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 9:15AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Haruru Falls Kayak and Walk - Walk 12 Catch a ferry from Russell to Waitangi. To make the most of high tide and kayaking through the mangrove forest you will kayak up the Waitangi ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 7:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Pukehuia Magic and Whangamumu Whaling Walk - Walk 8 (includes making your own Kawakawa balm!) This spectacular walk is one of heart stopping vistas and rich history. From ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 10:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Paihia Lookout and Charlotte's Kitchen Lunch - Walk 17 Ferry from Russell to Paihia, where your walk starts 700m from the centre of Paihia. This is a pleasant walk that is 4km return ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 10:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend The Whalers Walk - Walk 16 A walk and talk led by the incredibly interesting Lindsay Alexander around Russell. Lindsay will captivate you and take you back in time – you can see the ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 1:00PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Kororareka Oyster Walk - (previously Okaiato to Orongo Bay) - Walk 1 Take a short bus ride out to Okiato, the site of New Zealand’s first capital. Hike back through flat ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 4:30PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Omata Estate - A Walk for Non-Walkers - Walk 5A Are you coming to the Walking Weekend to support your partner or friend? Are you a short distance walker? This is the walk for ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Fri 16 Oct 2020 6:30PM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Night time Walk - Walk 18 A short walk through the streets of Russell, an introduction to the wildlife and of the efforts of the community to enhance the flora and fauna of the ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Fun Runs & Walks
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Paroa Bay Vineyard - Walk 3 Paroa Bay Vineyard is a stunning family owned boutique vineyard with traditional handmade, sustainable wines, and to top it off incredible sea views. ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:00AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Te Araroa Taster - Walk 10 Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Long Trail passes through the Bay of Islands. This walk extends from Cape Reinga to Bluff. One of the walks of Te Araroa is ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 7:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Moturua Island Song – Sailing on the Yacht Kama Lua- Walk 7B Sailing out from Russell aboard a comfortable sailing vessel, experience the peacefulness of arriving at a suitable ... more
  • Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
    Sun 18 Oct 2020 7:30AM / Outdoors, Tramping
    The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Moturua Island Song - Sailing on the Tall Ship – R Tucker Thompson - Walk 7A Sailing out from Russell aboard a comfortable sailing vessel, experience the peacefulness of ... more
  • Waitaha Events Centre, Paihia, Bay of Islands
    Mon 5 Oct 2020 10:30AM / Children, Kids, Holidays
    Armed with just his cheeky humour and the sharpened hooks of his songs, Captain Festus McBoyle is joined by Miss Lucy Drawers and Ebenezer Strong and together, they are more fun than a squirrel up ya jumper! They will ... more
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