Accommodation in Russel
Russell is the old the capital of New Zealand and one of the early european settlements in New Zealand. It is a beautiful town – situated on the Bay of Islands, opposite Waitangi treaty grounds and Paihia.
Russell is a quaint harbor town a great place to stay for a night or two – where you can see beautiful historic buildings and you will find nice shops, cafés, galleries, craft shops, souvenir and clothing stalls and small hotels.
Russell can be reached by ferry from Paihia or road (the access road runs south to the bay around).
There is plenty to see and do in Russell. Rich marine wildlife, clean, clear blue water and secluded beaches make this area a coastal paradise. You can take a charter, hire a yacht, go sightseeing on the water or make your own fun.
Fresh local seafood is served alongside New Zealand beef and lamb in some of Northland’s finest eateries. Dine on the waterfront to catch a sunset in some of the countries oldest buildings, or in chic new cafes serving local wines and craft beers.
On the waterfront or nestled on the hill, Russell has accommodation options a plenty. Boutique lodges and b&bs are a popular choice, exclusive house rentals and luxurious hotels are tucked away while waterfront units and campsites scatter the bay and surrounds.
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Eagles Nest Luxury Hotel *****
“Exclusive luxury hotel and retreat overlooking Waihihi bay. This five star villa property in Russell ranges from one to 5 bedrooms.”
Duke of Marlborough ***
“Quaint country hotel in the center of Russel. Can’t beat the location!”
More information about Russell
1. Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s premier historic site where im 1840 New Zealand’s most significant document was signed between the Maori and the British Crown: the Treaty of Waitangi. There is lots to see on the grounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean including the carved meeting house and the world’s largest war vaka (canoe). Find Out More >
2. Sailing Bay of Islands
Experience an awesome day sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands. There are plenty of sailing trips to choose from most including island stopovers and delicious lunch. Find Out More >
3. Swimming with Dolphins
Make your trip truly unforgettable by swimming with dolphins in their natural environment, the warmest waters in New Zealand. Find Out More >
A variety of fishing charters are available with seasoned professionals. Snapper/reef fishing, marling, shark, kingfish, tuna or salt fly fishing. Bait, tackle and complimentary tea and coffee are typically provided. Fish can be filleted on request. Find Out More >
5. Jet Boat through the Hole in the Rock
Experience an exhilarating journey through the Bay of Islands on a Jet Boat. With speeds of up to 100kms it really is a spectacular way to experience the bay and the famous hole in the rock. Find Out More >
6. Day Trip to Ninety Mile Beach & 90 Mile Beach
Head along 90 mile beach to Cape Reinga, the top of New Zealand rich in Maori culture. At this point you can see the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. The Maori name being Te Rerenga Wairua meaning leaping off place of spirits – the point where spirits of the dead enter the underworld. Find Out More >
7. Day Trip to Hokianga & Tane Mahuta Day Tour
Experience an unforgettable journey through nature and culture of the beautiful Hokianga and of course visit the majestic Tana Mahuta. A giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest of the Northland region, probably the largest tree you will ever lay eyes upon, it is estimated to be around 2000 years old. Find Out More >
Paihia is a great base for exploring the Bay of Islands and has a wonderfully relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Here you will find a variety of hotels, motels, hostels and restaurants along the water’s edge. The Paihia Wharf in the center of Paihia town is the place to soak up the holiday atmosphere of the Bay of Islands. Also make sure you go visit the beautiful Haruru Falls a short drive from Paihia town. Find Out More >
9. Keri Keri
Keri Keri is a historic and charming town about 23 kilometers from Paihia. There are many artists living in this town so visitors can enjoy diverse arts, crafts and culture as well as delicious food and wine and a popular handmade chocolate shop “Makana Confections”. There is also an abundance of nature at your doorstep. Find Out More >
Russell was formerly the capital of New Zealand. It is a beautiful town – situated on the Bay of Islands, opposite Paihia – where you can see beautiful historic buildings. You will find nice shops, cafés, galleries, craft shops, souvenir and clothing stalls and small hotels. Russell can be reached by ferry from Paihia. Find Out More >
Ferry to Paihia
Russell and Paihia are almost opposite each other in the bay, however to go by road it is nearly 100 miles away. There is a car ferry though that goes daily from Russell to Paihia (7am-10pm; daily every 20min, car and driver $ 10 each way, pedestrians $ 1, buy your ticket on board) on the narrow Veronica Channel at Opua (6 km south of Paihia). Pedestrians can take one of the many ferries (Oct-May 7am-22:30, June-Sept 07:30-nineteen; $ 6 each way) between the Wharfs in central Paihia and Russell.