Nestled in a beautiful setting amid the hills of Paroa Bay near Russell, Paroa Bay Winery is a new family owned boutique vineyard combining luxury accommodation and traditional handmade, sustainable wines.
We employ traditional techniques of viticulture and dry grown vines in the hope of creating distinctive handcrafted wines of character in low yields, reflecting the white clay soils and warm climate of the Bay of Islands…
On an estate covering 24 hectares of rolling hills, we currently have just 4.5 hectares of planted vines – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot.
Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is now sold out but we would like to invite you to sample our current wines, the excellent 2012 Chardonnay and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc as well as sample Pinot Noir from our sister winery – Urlar in New Zealand, amid a tranquil setting and perhaps take a stroll along the vineyard walkway and spot native birdlife.
This private, world-class retreat offers a safe, clean, green refuge and is nestled amongst some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world, including seven hectares of gardens, lavish accommodation and extensive recreational facilities spanning along a sweeping coastline.
Come and experience an exciting luxury residence, finished to the highest standard, which ensures every indulgence is catered for. Contemporary interiors and artwork, home theatre, gymnasium and gourmet kitchens provide in-home recreation, while outdoor the 17m infinity heated pool & spa, sauna and large entertaining decks capture the astounding views across the Bay of Islands.
Cellar Door Opening Hours
Summer Oct (Labor Weekend) – April (Easter Weekend) 11:00AM – 5:00PM Open Wednesday to Sunday
Peak Summer 20th December to 31st January 11:00AM – 5:00PM Open 7 days a week
Winter (Closed) After Easter Hours to Before Labor Weekend hours By appointment only for a group of 5 or more. Please call to discuss.
New Zealand’s oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting. Take a seat on the water, or by the window for views over the bay and a glorious sunset. Park yourself at the new bar for craft beers, cocktails and an extensive local wine list.
Originally constructed in 1847 as a “Bordello” catering for the needs of the early Whalers and early trading vessel crews, The Gables offers history and charm with original fireplaces, polished Kauri floors, historic maps and photographs lining the walls.
Fine food with a relaxed atmosphere is the order today. Executive Chef Colin Saunders menu always showcases the freshest local seafood and top cuts of N.Z beef and lamb to create dishes with influences from around the world, utilizing local sourced produce.
The wine list spans New Zealand’s major growing regions with strong influences from regional and boutique producers. Traditional cocktails are always available as are home-grown contemporary concoctions making the most of seasonal fruits.
The York Street Café is Russell’s oldest café dating from 1975. We are found in The Traders Mall at the south end of Russell town in a tranquil courtyard overlooked by a huge magnolia tree and surrounded by hibiscus bushes.
Other amenities close by are NZ Post and book shop, Internet café, Hairdresser and Florist. Set between the Russell Museum and New Zealands oldest church and close to Pompallier Mission we offer fine food, good coffee, ice creams and a range of cold drinks.
A takeaway menu is available if you need to eat and run. Our menu caters for all tastes ranging from big breakfasts and full lunches to light snacks. Of course we have Devonshire teas and coffees. Homemade muffins, scones, cakes and slices are freshly made. Fish dishes, Sushi and cheese board platters also feature on our menu.
We sell Altura, New Zealand’s finest coffee. We stock a variety of New Zealand beers and wines. A range of Smoothies, fruit juices, milkshakes and bottled water are available. Ice cream in cones, lots of flavours, always a favourite, can be bought here.
7.30am until 4pm
Off peak season
8am until 3pm
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
Welcome to Omata in the beautiful Bay of Islands, we are situated in a stunning location on a sheltered hilltop with wonderful views across the vines to the bay.
Our lovely old wooden hexagonal restaurant, brick paths terrace and sunny garden are reminiscent of an old French vineyard, which creates a perfect atmosphere to sit back. relax and enjoy a glass of wine with a homemade platter lunch
We specialise in events at Omata and weddings are truly special with us, we have one of the best views from any vineyard in New Zealand and sunsets are spectacular from the terrace.
We are open all year for weddings, birthdays’ corporate days or any other special occasion you may wish to celebrate in our beautiful surroundings. We also offer a wide selection of food, from bbqs, buffets, canapés to a full sit down dinner – please call to book your next celebration with us.
Wine Tasting: 11am till 5pm, September to April
Restaurant: Dec to Feb (inclusive), 7 days per week 11am till 4pm.
September to April (inclusive), Friday to Monday 11am till 4pm.
Outside these hours by appointment
Venue hire is available all year round by appointment
The Duke of Marlborough has been Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827 and holds New Zealand’s first liquor licence.
The Duke, as it is affectionately known is located on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands and is a great place to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends or simply enjoy the moment.
With easy access to an exciting array of activities or sipping a glass of wine on our balcony there is plenty to see or do.
There are three levels of accommodation our newly refurbished waterfront rooms with views across the water to Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia, bigger family rooms when you need extra space or our convenient standard rooms.
All rooms have their own ensuites, Sky TV, wifi accessibility and tea and coffee making facilities.
Complimentary continental breakfast is served to guests in the morning.
With an award winning chef and restaurant manager the restaurant at The Duke focuses on a menu packed with fresh seasonal Northland produce.
The bar has an extensive list of New Zealand wine and beer – something for everyone to enjoy while watching the sunset.
Come and visit us on the waterfront in Russell.
Russell – Bay Four Square
Welcome to our Four Square store! We’re proud to be part of the long-standing iconic Kiwi brand that has been the local for New Zealand communities since 1924. So whether you’re keeping it local, or on tour, we’re here to make it easy for you. Become a local, and shop where all Kiwis love to shop. Always welcome. Always local. Always Four Square.
- York Street
Dx Box: Ax 10027, Russell, Northland, 0202
- OPEN HOURS – Mon-Sun 7:30am – 8:00pm
Please Note: 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.
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
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.
Greens Indian & Thai Cuisine
Traditional Thai and Indian cuisine in the heart of Russell Town Centre. Dine in or take away, call us now to order!
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.
Located on Russell’s scenic waterfront, Butterfish is the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast, long lunch, summertime al fresco dinner, or just a cheeky cocktail at sunset. Or just grab a takeaway coffee and tasty morsel from the cabinet; everything is made freshly in-house daily.
Relax by the beach with us. Bayside offers a great selection of seafood and daily specials. And if it’s a cocktail you are after, check out our extensive cocktail list. Visit our website to view our current menu.
Located in Russell, Bay of Islands, The Duke of Marlborough Tavern is the oldest licenced tavern in New Zealand.
The Duke of Marlborough Tavern and Restaurant in Russell is open 7 days a week. Family friendly, pet friendly. We have a huge range of beer, wine, and spirits. A beautiful fresh menu, very reasonably priced. We have gaming, TAB, pool tables, table tennis, fooze ball, classic spacie machines, private areas and decks, a function room and garden.
We cater for loads of events big and small. We are the home of the Russell Birdman contest and the Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell yacht race, one of the largest and most prestigious offshore yacht races in the southern hemisphere.
The Tavern has a jam-packed event calendar with something on every month; see our Facebook page or website for updates and upcoming events and concerts.