“Wish” Gifts is a new gift shop right in the heart of Russell. We stock quality gifts for everyone, at all prices. Our aim is to have something for everyone. Some of these things are:
Home wares, wall art, souvenirs, jewellery, soaps & toiletries, kid’s t-shirts, baby gifts, scarves, local crafts, and much more…
Winter Hours – 10am-4pm
Summer Hours – 9.30am – 5.30pm
Spring and Autumn Hours- 9.30 – 4.30pm
Bay of Islands Guided Kayak Tours Ltd is a tourism-oriented company in Russell, New Zealand offering safe kayaking tours that can be enjoyed by people who want to get up close and personal with nature. We are based at 4 Cass Street, Russell and our location carries an abundance of pioneering history balanced with the day-to-day life of a busy tourism attraction. We are visited by more than 50 cruise ships and specialty tours during the peak seasons, with thousands of people wanting to experience our Bay of Islands tourist facilities.
Water Sport Adventure/Kayaking
- Guided Kayak Tours
- Freedom Kayak Hire/Rentals
- Retail Shop
- Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals
- Fishing Gear Rentals
- Snorkel Equipment Rentals
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.
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.
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.
#1 Trip Advisor of Things to Do in Russell. Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016
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.
- Hats & Caps
- Kids T’s
- Soft Toys
- Tea Towels
- Tee Shirts
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.
Local Art, Craft, Jewellery, Wearable Art
Visit us in historic Russell (Kororareka), centre of the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
South Sea Art in central Russell stocks NZ artists, both local and further afield. A delightful gallery, run by a passionate curator – who can offer framing and shipping services as well as fine prints, oils and sculptures. A must see in Russell.
Open: 10 am to 5:30 pm daily during the summer.
Where: 15 York Street, Russell, Bay of Islands.
Look for our handsome refurbished old building in the main street of Russell.
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
Pure Bliss is formally the Mobile Massage & Beauty Co and was established in 2008.
We started as a small mobile service and now operate from 3 locations.
Pure Bliss Day Spa was opened in October 2011 and Pure Bliss Outdoor Retreat opened in January 2012.
Enjoy the warm chocolate brown and cream interior which provides the ultimate in ‘Pure Bliss’.
Our hand picked experienced therapists cater to your individual needs using premium products to provide treatments with a sophisticated approach to skin and body wellness.
Pure Bliss is dedicated to offering you the ultimate in luxury pampering with a range of spa therapies.
Escape to our world of Bliss in the heart of the 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.
Come and enjoy a full range of hairdressing services, from a relaxing scalp massage to permanent hair straightening…
Our aim is to personalise your hair care needs in our relaxed, friendly boutique salon.
Services we provide include;
Ladies, Mens & Childrens Cuts
Sets & Blow Waves
Keratin Smoothing Treatment
Mon – Fri: 9am-5pm
Thursday: Late night by appointment
Saturday: Hours vary depending on bookings
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.
The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell/Kororareka, from a small Maori fishing village, to a port of call for visiting ships and whalers to today’s tourist town.
The collection features Maori taonga, a small waka (canoe), a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, an original whaleboat and mementos of game fisherman, Zane Grey plus much more.
Enjoy watching the DVD of historic Russell and see the exhibitions.
Stroll through the Museum grounds and discover the Maori herbal plants in the garden.
The Museum shop features a wide range of special gifts, souvenirs and historic books.
Open every day (except Christmas Day).