Unique private tours of the Bay of Islands & The Far North in Jeep Wranglers or V8 Mustang.
Rogue Pony tours are about showcasing the Bay of Islands as one of the finest locations in New Zealand, particularly seen from our unique and sometimes quirky viewpoint. At Rogue Pony our sightseeing tours are about quality, fun and an undeniable hunger for discovery and adventure.
It’s always relaxed, with a sense of “going with the flow”, having the flexibility to adapt and ensuring you have the most enjoyable tour possible. We have a wealth of knowledge to share with you and we get great pleasure from hosting our guests and answering their questions, no matter how obscure! Have you been wanting to ask questions about New Zealand while you have been on holiday? Ask us!
No two tours are ever the same. Our interaction with you steers your tour from a “standard sightseeing tour” to an enriched adventure focused on what’s most appropriate for you. It may be discussing dairy farming, history, art or whatever road we go down, as there is no set commentary. No matter what’s on the cards, there’ll most likely be some surprises and unexpected moments of delight.
As soon as you book your Rogue Pony tour, it’s locked in and confirmed. All our tours are priced per vehicle with no minimum number of passengers.
We also provide wedding car hire for that special day or airport transfers from any accommodation between Russell and the Bay of Islands Airport in Kerikeri.
Open year round.
RIDES BEYOND THE ORDINARY – GO ROGUE!
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
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.
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).
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
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
Romantic Russell – Steeped in history with a very checkered past. Spend a comfortable hour aboard our Mini Coaches as we take you back in time telling you stories going back to the earliest settlers whilst visiting places of significant historical interest not easily covered on foot. Discover why Russell has played such an important role in the history of New Zealand and why we locals love it so much.
Duke of Marlborough Hotel, the Police Station, Flagstaff Hill, Long Beach, Adobe Cottage, Queens View, Matauwhi Bay, Pompallier House, Tapeka, Christ’s Anglican Church, Museum and the township.
Tours depart daily from Russell Wharf
Oct – Apr 10am 11am 12pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
May – Sept 11pm 12pm 1pm 2pm
Adults $30 children $15 under 5’s free
Charter rate and group concessions available on request.
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.