Our Vision: To be a leader on recreational fishing issues and the development and protection of the sport of fishing in New Zealand.
The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club is the oldest game fishing club in New Zealand with a history dating back to 1910. Read more about our fishing history – 100 years of catching marlin in the Bay of Islands. Exhibits of historic fishing photographs, tackle and memorabilia provides an interesting viewing for both anglers and anyone interested in local history – from the original catch boards from the 1920s where the name of Zane Grey can be found to the most recent “Grander” (1000lb plus). With outstanding views over the Bay and extensive photo displays and historic fishing memorabilia, both our clubhouses are ideal for an intimate gathering or large group. Both clubhouses have full bar, restaurant as well as function facilities.
Russell Bar & Bistro Hours
Open Wednesday – Sunday from 4pm
Paihia Bar & Bistro Hours
Open Wednesday – Sunday from 4pm
The Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Paihia is part of New Zealand’s official nationwide Visitor Information Network.
Paihia often referred to as the “Jewel of the Bay of Islands” is a good starting point for the many and varied trips and adventures that await you here in the bay. Visit the beautiful seaside town of Russell with its colourful history and a lot of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. Kerikeri is 30 minutes drive north and visit the iconic Stone Store and Kemp House located by the picturesque basin. Kawakawa has the world famous Hundertwasser Toilets and is well worth a visit.
Come sailing on Northland’s own iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson!
Often voted the best day of any holiday it is always an experience not to be missed.
You’ll be able to get involved with sailing the ship, help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, climb the rigging, or alternatively you can simply relax while our crew does the work.
The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes it a memorable and personal experience.
Morning cream tea and a delicious BBQ lunch are included.
With the wind behind her, the “Tucker” is one of Bay’s most eco-friendly vessels so you’ll know that your carbon footprint has been kept to a minimum. The ship is operated as a not-for profit charitable trust with profits from day sail activities being used to support youth sail training programmes over the New Zealand winter.
From October to Easter excluding Christmas Day
Day Sail in the Bay Departs daily 1000 from Russell Wharf (0930 Paihia transfer)
Returns 1530 to Russell Wharf (4.00 pm Paihia)
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Late Afternoon Cruise departs 1600 ex Russell Wharf, returning Opua 1745 with coach transfer to Paihia. Return Russell 18.20
Over winter we run 7-day youth sail training voyages, starting after Easter.
R.Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust
Learning for Life through the Sea
Postal: P O Box 42 Opua, 0241
Maritime Building, Marsden Road, Paihia
Major Tom II is a serious fishing boat with a fun crew. She is owned and operated by Geoff and Heather Stone, who along with their anglers, hold numerous Club, New Zealand, and even World Records for marlin, broadbill, swordfish, shark, tuna, kingfish, snapper and sea bass.
For two of the last three seasons, Major Tom II has collected the Bay of Islands premium awards for both Most Gamefish, and Most Gamefish Tagged.
Powered by Twin 300 HP Cummins, Major Tom II has top speeds of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots to make her one of the fastest 40 footers in the Bay, and give her clients more fishing time.
Major Tom II is surveyed for Extreme Limits and the Three Kings, but is as much at home giving space and comfort to inshore snapper and kingfish anglerls, as she is cruising in blue water to reward those who want to chase marlin, broadbill swordfish, tuna, sharks or hapuka in the deep.
For the fish-aholic crew of Major Tom II, keeping the boat busy is their top priority, and prospective clients will find the charter rates extremely competitive, whether for part, full or multiple day charters.
Major Tom II is supplied with plenty of top quality gear for all types of angling, including salt-water fly fishing, but clients are encouraged to bring their own favourite rods and reels for light, ultra light and salt-water fly.
For a hassle-free Bay of Islands fishing excursion tailored to your requirements phone or email Geoff, or book through your nearest booking agent or accommodation supplier.
Owner/skipper:- Geoff Stone
Postal Address; PO Box 163, Russell, Bay of Islands
Rick and Robin warmly welcome you to our boat and our home , ‘Phantom’
For us, sailing and hospitality are a way of life so you’ll have a real slice of New Zealand lifestyle as soon as you come aboard. With many sea voyages behind us, from the Caribbean to Cape Horn and throughout the Pacific, you will be in good hands and friendly company.
Both New Zealand licensed captains, Rick is an Auckland native who left New Zealand on his yacht in 1974 and Robin was born and raised in New York City. They met in the Caribbean and sailing has been their life for the last 35 years.
Sail to an island, enjoy a fabulous home-cooked lunch and combine beautiful scenery with relaxation and adventure. With Rick and Robin, your hosts, you will be in good hands and friendly company. Maximum 10 guests.
When you come to the Bay of Island, don’t miss this experience!
Departing from Russell.
Welcome to the Explore Group, a unique, young and exciting company. A company that through the efforts of its employees and selection of products delivers once in a lifetime experiences to our customers in four amazing destinations …Bay of Islands, Auckland, Sydney and Hamilton Island. The Explore Group offers unique products including sailing, marine wildlife, diving and cruising in amazing places.
The spectacular Bay of Islands landscape is a marine paradise. This pristine national maritime park is bursting with iconic landmarks, abundant wildlife and unspoilt islands. The birthplace of the nation, it has a rich culture and history that is as remarkable as the scenery. Experience our complete Discover the Bay trip with highlights as Otehei Bay Island Stopover, Hole in the Rock and viewing dolphins. Perhaps just take a ferry ride to Otehei Bay and relax in our fully catered facilities while enjoying island life, walks and kayaks. Other amazing experiences like Dolphin Discovery, Explore Hokianga or Dunerider to the top of the country along 90 Mile Beach, are all available.
Russell Booking and Information Centre is situated right on the Russell Wharf.
Independently owned and operated.
OPEN 7 DAYS during daylight hours
We are your one-stop solution for all Tour, Accommodation and Activities bookings in Russell and the Bay of Islands New Zealand.
Contact us now so that we can put our wealth of local knowledge and experience to work for you, and arrange the perfect itinerary for your time in the Bay of Islands – all at no cost to you!!
Russell Booking & Information Centre
PO Box 65
Sail the Bay of Islands with us, Kingfisher Yacht Charters. We will take you on a cruise where you will explore the beautiful bays and sights it has to offer.
Feel the gentle breeze in your hair and warm sun on your back and your cares slip away as our beautiful yachts glide smoothly through the clean clear waters of the bay. Day sails are from $110 per person with half price for 12 years and under.
Cruises all include morning tea/coffee with Sue’s yummy freshly baked muffins and a delicious lunch made from the freshest Northland produce.
Kingfisher – A 11.6 metre New Zealand designed yacht taking up to 8 guests or
Kama Lua – A 14 metre Island Packet luxury yacht taking up to 12 guests
This is the most awesome way to see the bay of Islands –Exclusive yacht charters are also available – make the boat yours for the day, Sue and Stephen Western.
In 1887, Albert Ernest Fuller launched the “Undine” sailing vessel in the Bay of Islands to deliver coal supplies to the islands within the Bay.
With the fitting of a motor in the early 1900s, Fuller was able to deliver the coal and essential supplies to communities as far out as Cape Brett.
In 1927 Fuller acquired the “Cream Trip” from Edmund Lane – with the facilities on board to transport cream from the islands, and by the 1960s, the well known ‘Bay Belle’ started this run.
Today, Fullers GreatSights continues this fine tradition and operates the most comprehensive fleet of cruises and tours in Northland, including Dolphin Cruises to the Hole in the Rock, Cape Reinga Day Tours, and Overnight Cruises.
The Stand, Russell 0202
Opening Hours – Russell
November 1st – December 25th 7:30am till 6:00pm
December 26th – January 31st 7:30am till 7:00pm
February 1st – March 31st 7:30am till 6:00pm
April 1st until after ANZAC day 7:30am to 5:30pm
Paihia: 7:00am – 6:00pm
What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!
Enjoy a days fishing on our self drive boats, easy to use paddleboards or kayaks or our easy to sail catamarans.
If you’ve never tried sailing before we can book you a short lesson to get you going.
We’ve also got row boats, with or without outboards which are ideal for fishing.
The water not for you? Our bikes are suitable for cycling around the town of Russell or over to the safe swimming beach at Long Beach. For the more adventurous why not try cycling up Flagstaff Hill where the views are breathtaking. Whilst at the top why not cycle over to magical Tapeka where Sandy Bay and Rocky Bay await you.
The self-drive boat is 15ft and powered by a 70HP Yamaha two stroke outboard and is available for 1/2 day, full day and longer hires. Ideal for fishing or cruising for a picnic or BBQ with friends and family. Safety gear includes life jackets, VHF, paddle, boat hook and we log your departure with Russell Radio.
Hires for all water sports include life jackets and the bike hire includes helmet, security lock and local map.
Russell Boat and Bike Hire are:
John: a Kiwi who spent much of his childhood fishing at Castlepoint and in the Marlborough Sounds. After living in Australia then Scotland for 20 years working in IT.
Maggie: originates from Scotland spending many years as a primary school teacher.
VIGILANT IS A CLASSIC 42FT YACHT AVAILABLE FOR DAY SAILS AND OVERNIGHT CHARTERS IN RUSSELL, BAY OF ISLANDS.
Step on board our stunning 42ft classic cutter sailing yacht, and experience the Bay of Islands from a whole new vantage point. Built from New Zealand native timber, Vigilant Yacht Charters offers a comfortable and spacious sailing experience for up to 10 people.
Capture the magic of this classic single mast yacht as you sail around the aquatic playground of the bay of islands.
Design your own day, your own custom built adventure, aboard this 12 metre fully equipped yacht which offers you the very best in quality, comfort and safety and where your experienced skipper and crew are on board to ensure you have a day to remember.