Russell Nature Walks offers guided walks in a private Kiwi Conservation Area only 2.5km south of Russell. The property is one of the last habitats of two rare birds – kiwi and weka. We offer an ‘Ecology Walk’ and a ‘Night Walk’ guided by Lisette and Eion – friendly, qualified guides who love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation . Join us for a relaxed walk through forest where you can see and hear native birds like weka, kiwi, pipit, fernbird, and tui. Learn about native plants and their uses. Hunt for weta (the gentle giants of the insect world) and view glow-worms on our “Night Walk”. We specialise in small groups (maximum of 8) so there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Walks last 2 hours and suit most fitness levels. Every ticket sold contributes directly to the on-site Kiwi Conservation Project.
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A fully restored 1912 villa providing boutique luxury accommodation in the historic centre of Russell.
All 4 luxury ensuite rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, original art, flatscreen TVs, dvd players, Bluetooth speakers, mini bars & views through to the Bay. A gourmet breakfast and complimentary pre-dinner drinks are all included. Why not indulge in a gorgeous soak under the stars in our pair of private outdoor baths? Or have some pampering in our on-site Day Spa offering massage, manicures/pedicures and facials using premium Thalgo products. Just a one minute, hill-free walk from the centre of the village, relax beautifully in Russell’s only Qualmark 5 star lodge.
Opening Hours: Open all year round. Availability is updated in real time, 24/7 on our website
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Tuk Tuk Bangkok Thai Restaurant is the authentic Thai dining experience in the Bay Of Islands.
Located in the heart of Russell, Bay Of Islands, Charlie and Dang invite you to experience Thai food at it’s best. Tuk Tuk’s cuisine is not only full of flavor, but is picture perfect too.
Whether it’s dinner for two, a family occasion or a wedding – Tuk Tuk can cater to groups of all sizes.
Be sure to try our Curry Puffs or Pork Spare Ribs for an entree, a couple of favorites for many locals.
Spice Route Indian Restaurant
Takeaways & Deliveries brings Indian food closer to every diner. Whether you prefer dining in or you prefer Indian food on the go, we guarantee that our dishes are equally fresh and delicious. Our menu includes a wide array of authentic Indian plates such as Pakora, Vegetable Samosa, Onion Bhaji, Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kebab, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Madras, Chicken Curry, Lamb Nawaabi, Lamb Madras, Paneer Makhani, Lamb Saag and more see our website for a menu to order Online.
We are manufacturers of natural soap and skin care products. Our soaps are suitable for all the family especially those with sensitive skin & suitable for eczema & dermatitis sufferers.
9:00am – 5:30pm
Winter hours 10am – 4pm
Our range of Palm Oil Free products include: Sensitive skin soap, Baby Soap, Lavender Soap, Shaving Bar, Lemon Eucalypt Shampoo Bar, Dog Shampoo, Citrus Zest Liquid Soap & Lavender Liquid Soap.
Our aim is to provide an affordable natural alternative to commercial soaps. We use the best natural ingredients & supply to Organic outlets, Supermarkets, Health food shops and our natural dog soaps are available at all good Vets & Pet stores in New Zealand.
A warm welcome awaits you at Julie Todd wedding photography.
Julie has been taking beautiful wedding photographs for the last twenty years.
Julie has an eye for capturing that special moment through the lens, which you and your family will undoubtably cherish for a lifetime.
A wealth of local knowledge; such as unique locations for your photographs and an abundance of local resources of all descriptions awaits you when you call. Only a local can deliver this!
Hard working and friendly, Julie Todd is the perfect choice for Wedding Photography in the Bay of Islands.
Sally’s Restaurant in Russell has been operating for decades and is firmly entrenched as the locals favourite.
With the water at your feet and the sun setting over Kororareka Bay – where else can you get this kind of setting in the world?
Your hosts Sally, Graham and Tracey Taylor will take very special care to see that you are well looked after in their waterfront restaurant.
Offering an array of New Zealand dishes using mostly local produce, our chefs have won the hearts of many a gastronome.
Absolute waterfront dining in Russell, Bay of Islands. Lunch & Dinner. Indoor or outdoor dining. Open 7 days.
If you’re searching for reasonably priced food that packs a punch on flavour you’ll love Diggers Restaurant RSA.
Meals are served in the room adjacent to the bar, all cooked in open view. The room itself is the RSA library – which makes for an unusual but homely setting.
A wide ranging menu from toasties and burgers to aged scotch fillet and seafood specials. Child friendly dining, large outside seating area and non members welcome.
Winter: Wed-Sun Lunch 12-2, Dinner 6-9
Summer: 7 Days Lunch 12-3, Dinner 5-9.
Russell Four Square is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register. It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Summer Hours: 7:15am – 9:00pm
Winter Hours: 7:15am – 8:00pm
Many Four Square Stores are of important historical significance in the development of this country.
One such store is Russell Four Square, which is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register, (Category 2 standing for a significant place).
It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Built in the 1880’s, the store was strangely designed. The sleeping quarters were upstairs and were reached by an outside staircase. The stairs have long gone and access is now by way of a vertical ladder onto a flat roof leading to a porch. Consequently upstairs is no longer used. The kitchen-living room was a stand-alone single storey building situated in the back yard of the shop…
Some information contained within this article was sourced form an article by M. King in the Russell Review Volume 4 1981 with the kind permission of the Russell Museum.
Groceries and provisions – They locals know this as the Front Shop, come in for fresh vegetables and supplies.
Liquor will not be sold to persons under 18 years of age. Only the following evidence of age documents are acceptable: HANZ 18+ Card, New Zealand Photographic Drivers Licence, New Zealand or Overseas Passport. Liquor may only be sold during the hours specified in the store licence. It is now an infringement offence to buy liquor if you are under 18 years of age.
Offering luxurious 5 star accommodation, this is the perfect base for your Bay of Islands trip.
After a busy day enjoying all that the Bay of Islands has to offer, you’ll love coming back to your “home away from home” to relax and wind down.
Tanoa Russell Cottages lie in the heart of the tranquil historic town of Russell, well-known for being the birthplace of the Treaty of Waitangi. Drink in the beautiful scenery and take part in a plethora of activities: shopping, eating out, swimming in blue waters brimming with marine life or walking the secluded beaches and forests. You will adore the Bay of Islands and you deserve the perfection and comfort of our cottages.
Russell Post Centre, stationery, newsagents, books, second hand books, magazines, cards, postcards, calendars, children’s books, Maori books, New Zealand books, toys, souvenirs, office supplies, printer cartridges. Mail centre includes courier service and stamps.
Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am – 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5pm
Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30am – 2pm
Sunday 8:30am – 2pm (Summer Only)
In 1841 an intrepid group of missionaries from France arrived in New Zealand and built the first ‘factory’ in New Zealand with a press dedicated solely to the Māori language, right on the foreshore in the Bay of Islands.
Too poor to buy much, they built the printery using rammed earth (or pisé de terre) for the lower storey and a timber-framed (pan de bois) upper floor with earth panels – technology and knowledge brought from across the sea.
Today, the site is still run as a printery and adults and children alike can come and witness first hand every step of how early publications were made in the building. Almost two centuries after the machinery first started operation, you can enjoy the satisfaction of preserving the building, the machinery inside and all the wonderful stories connected to this place.
- Daily, November-April, closed Christmas Day
- 10am – 5pm
- Daily, May-October
- 10am – 4pm
- Daily guided tours
- 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm*, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm* (* summer only)
Explore our award-winning gardens in their magnificent beach-side setting, with its wonderful views across the bay to Waitangi.
Join our tours and learn how to tan a hide, bind a book, and much more. From 1st December to 30th April experience our special “Coffee, Croissant and Culture” Experience. This includes our award winning guided tour of Pompallier Mission followed by coffee and croissant in our small French Coffee House.
Guided tours includes printery and garden $10 adults, $7 tertiary students, accompanied school-age children free access to the printery is by guided tour only to help preserve this precious building. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.
Browse our Visitor Centre gift shop for a unique reminder of this special place.
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Orongo Bay Homestead – DISCOUNTED PRE-PAY RATES APPLY ONLY WHEN BOOKING DIRECT by email or phone
We are small (3 rooms) and we are organic, quality-oriented, involved and immersed in the happiness of our guests.
We offer privacy and value with just a few guests, heaps of space, an underground wine cellar, 15 acres of coastal privacy near the lovely, historic town of Russell: beautiful beds, healthy and tasty food – how can you resist?
ALL ROOMS HAVE ENSUITE BATHROOMS
All main beds are orthopaedic quality, and all pillows are feather and down unless non-allergenic requested. Warm towelling bath robes are provided natural toiletries are also complimentary. All rooms feature DVD/TV and have sound systems. Ceiling fans circulate the cooling sea breezes and in winter underfloor heating keeps you cosy. A personal room fridge contains complimentary Homestead mineral spring water, tea and plunger coffee, and may be stocked with other optional supplies such as Champagne, beers and other wines by prior order – or at a whim!.
Muritai Olive Grove – Appointment Only
Muritai Olive Grove in Parekura Bay, New Zealand was established in 1994 by Roger and Mary Wyatt.
The Grove is situated on a headland in the Far North of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands. The long hot summers and cooler winter temperatures have proven ideal for the growth and health of the trees.
Muritai Olive Grove is 30 minutes from the township of Russell or 1 hour from Whangarei taking the coastal route. Visitors to Muritai Olive Grove are most welcome. We suggest an email or a phone call first as we could be out fishing, swimming or walking in our beautiful Bay of Islands.
Max Kiwi is located on the waterfront of Russell. Just turn right off the wharf and look for the red Max Kiwi logo. As an added bonus Max Kiwi is between Sally’s Restaurant and The Waterfront Cafe so why not grab a coffee in either place then come browsing all while enjoying the stunning views of what some say is New Zealand’s most beautiful waterfront street.
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Tapeka Point Accommodation.
Welcome to our Tapeka B and B at Genevieve’s on Du Fresne.
Our bed and breakfast accommodation in Tapeka offers a comfortable one bedroom suite less than a stones throw from two beautiful beaches. One for exploring the rocky coastline and one perfect sandy beach. Tapeka is about a five minute drive from historic Russell township in the stunning Bay of Islands.
We aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible at Tapeka.
We serve a complimentary continental breakfast in the mornings, or for those with more of an appetite, bacon and eggs can be prepared for an extra ten dollars per person.
Good for groups or parties
Good for children