Russell Radio, a local volunteer radio station, provides excellent an excellent service for visiting boats, including logging trip reports, interpreting the weather reports and providing assistance for boats (whether it be for medical emergencies, sinkings, broken freezer parts, location of the nearest fuel pumps or booking hair appointments).
They are entirely funded through membership fees of $60 per annum or donations, so feel free to pop in and say thanks or become a member if they have helped you out – they are at 25 The Strand. Russell Radio operates on Channel 63 from 0900 to 1900 daily, 365 days a year and broadcasts local weather reports at 0900, 0930, 1330 and 1750.
The Bay of Islands’ port of Opua is the international port of entry for the Northland region and cruising yachts should report to New Zealand Customs for customs clearance as well as Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries inspection using Channel 16 on the VHF radio or thru Russell Radio on ch 63. Normal paperwork (valid passport and visa) will be required.
VHF Channel 63