The Bay of Islands is well known as a holiday destination particularly for activities on or within sight of the sea. The mild climate means that some form of outdoor adventures can be enjoyed all year round.
Much of our area can be seen by foot and walking or hiking along the coast or in the bush is a very popular activity with many of our guests. We are close to the walkway into Russell and also recommend an interesting bush and coastal walk to Toretore Island at the end of our road.
Dolphin Watching and Island Cruising
Most of our guests like to experience the Bay of Islands from the water. A variety of expert commercial operators with specially designed comfortable boats can take you out around the islands for a part or whole day. Have a look at: russellinfo.co.nz/cruises.
As the summer temperatures rise the clean waters of our many bays and coves become increasingly attractive. We swim from our beach at high tide but other all tide sandy beaches are just through Russell village at Long Beach and Tapeka. More quiet coves can be found during trips to the islands and around the shore of the Cape Brett Peninsula.
Learning about Kiwi, Weka and Our Natural Environment
Many guests want to hear and see Kiwi and are interested in our flora and fauna. Lisette and Eoin of Russell Nature Walks can take you on a guided walk through their sanctuary where Kiwi and weka live and nest. This is just few minutes from here.
For a quiet and enjoyable fishing experience snapper can be caught from our waterfront lawn at high tide. You can also make use of our rowboat kept down by the beach. Many a good sized fish has been caught by guests just off the shore. Alternatively there are many experienced fishing charter operators in Russell and you can go out in search of big game fish or snapper. For a challenging salt water fly fishing experience we can recommend Craig Worthington (contactable through us).
You are welcome to use the kayaks on our waterfront to explore our bay and mangrove forests. If you want a more guided kayak trip look for options on www.russellinfo.co.nz.
A Look Into Our History
When in Russell village visit the Museum for displays of Maori taonga (treasures), a model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, and local history stories and photos. www.russellmuseum.org.nz. Our historic Christ Church with its cemetery, and Pompallier the beautifully restored French Catholic mission building and gardens are also not to be missed.
The Waitangi area is also a most important and beautiful place to visit as this is a site of national significance in our Maori and Pakeha history.
There are four courses within an easy reach of Russell. Waitangi, Kerikeri, Kauri Cliffs and Kaikohe. More information…