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 1838 an intrepid group of missionaries from France arrived in New Zealand in the Hokianga and came to the Bay of Islands in 1839. In 1841 they 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
- 10 am – 5 pm
- Daily, May-October
- 10 am – 4 pm
- Daily guided tours
- 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm.
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. The French Coffee House is open from 9 am every day.
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
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.
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.
There’s nowhere in Russell quite like Arcadia Lodge. This historic house is a Russell landmark sitting in a magnificent position looking out over tranquil Matauwhi Bay.
Downstairs are three spacious suites with private decks and magnificent views of the bay while upstairs are a charming queen room with water views and a light-filled super-king room.
Come relax and recharge with us.
· Boutique bed and breakfast
· Stunning water views
· Historic, character filled house
· Delicious, healthy breakfasts
· Free internet and wi-fi
· Short, easy stroll to village
· Check our reviews on Trip Advisor
Liz and Gordon, your hosts at Ounuwhao are located alongside a grassed reserve bordered by century-old Norfolk pines, opposite picturesque Matauwhi Bay – a favourite mooring-place for yachts. Ounuwhao is a short two-minute drive or a casual 10-minute level stroll to Russell village.
“Experience our historical Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a world of difference”.
We offer superior B & B accommodation in four queen rooms – all with en-suite or private bathrooms.
The two front rooms feature their own washstand and have French doors opening onto the verandah and conservatory area, with sea views.
All bathrooms are decorated with old-fashioned, hand-painted ‘Georgian’ tiles and have showers and toilets; two also have a claw-footed bath.
Each room is decorated individually, with brass beds, and fresh flowers from our garden. The lodge rooms ooze charm and offer a tranquil nights sleep, whilst every attention to detail is taken care of.
Enjoy the comfortable lounge, with tea and coffee available all day, television, magazines, a wide selection of books and the daily newspaper. Relax in our guest lounge or enjoy a book or cup of tea on our wide-sweeping verandahs, in the conservatory, or surrounded by flowers in our cottage garden, whilst enjoying the ever-changing water in the bay.
“This is a wonderful villa with style, charm and great breakfasts in an ideal location” – A TripAdvisor traveller.
Liz and Gordon, your hosts at Ounuwhao, are fifth generation New Zealanders, who anticipate making your stay in the Bay of Islands a memorable one.
Welcome to our historic 100 year old Villa Russell in the Bay of Islands, a unique boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in the oldest town in New Zealand.
We, your hosts, Sue and Stephen Western, have lived in many beautiful areas of New Zealand including Auckland, the Marlborough Sounds,and now finally have found our favourite place to call home, Russell.
We have travelled widely and had some unusual adventures so know what travellers have come to expect when visiting this beautiful place. Accommodation is provided in two suites in the guest cottage and one room in the his villa
From the minute you wake in your super kingsize bed looking out over the bay until you sit on the verandah, wine glass in hand watching our magnificent sunsets you will feel you have arrived in Paradise. Totally private and secluded yet just 2 minutes walk from the beach, restaurants and the village
Combine your stay in Russell with a sailing cruise on one of our beautiful yachts, just check out Kingfisher Yacht Charters.
Toll free 0800 54 64 34
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.
Hananui Lodge is located right on Russell’s waterfront with beautiful unobstructed sea views and the Hananui Apartments are air conditioned and are located on York Street.
The apartments do not have sea views, but they are only 100 metres from the water’s edge. Hananui Lodge and Apartments are within walking distance to local cafes, shops, Russell wharf and award winning restaurants.
Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway accommodation, a holiday of action and excitement, or somewhere special to take the family – Hananui Lodge and Apartments can accommodate your every need. Your Hosts, John and Rongo are locals of the area and will make you feel welcome, so much so that you won’t want to return home. Being a local, John has been fishing in the waters around Russell for decades and knows all the good spots! Four and six hour charters are available, even if you are not currently a guest of the Hananui Lodge and Apartments.
Steeped in history this romantic town of yester-year will intrigue and delight you. From dining at award winning restaurants, to walking a historic heritage trail or quite simply reading a book on the beach – when you stay at Russell and the Hananui Lodge and Apartments, you can have the best of both worlds.
Commodores Lodge is located on the waterfront in the heart of the picturesque township of Russell in the Bay of Islands. Commodores Lodge has undergone major refurbishments in the last few years and we are very proud of what has been achieved.
When staying with us it is only an easy stroll to local cafes, restaurants, galleries and gift shops.
You may wish to discover Russell’s exciting past and visit our historic buildings and museum. If a cruise in the bay or fishing charter appeals we can arrange these for you and these all depart from the Russell wharf situated close by.
While staying with us we invite you to relax by our swimming pool and spa or make use of our complimentary bicycles, kayaks, dinghy and barbecue. Try your luck fishing off the nearby wharf and enjoy a drink on the deck watching one of our wonderful Russell sunsets.
Russell is often called “Romantic Russell” and is an ideal place for a wedding or honeymoon. It is a wonderful place to unwind and escape to!
We hope you enjoy Russell with its charming and relaxing atmosphere, an intimate township rich in early New Zealand history; hospitable and timeless!
Your hosts Bill and Pat look forward to meeting you (or welcoming you back) and making your stay one to remember.
Motel Russell is set in an acre of beautiful sub-tropical gardens just a short five minute stroll away from the Russell wharf and the village centre,and two minutes to the Russell Boat Club.
Offering Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Units, most with kitchens it is an ideal place to holiday and relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The swimming pool is a little splash of heaven and there is plenty of room on the BBQ to sizzle up what you like.
Your hosts Paul and Ellie Thompson.
Russell Top 10 Holiday Park offers great accommodation, stunning sea views and a relaxed holiday atmosphere.
We have the answer to all your accommodation needs.
Secluded motel units with elevated sea views over Russell, family accommodation, a range of cabins, deluxe campervan sites with sea views, and tent and flat powered sites in attractive park-like surroundings.
Russell Top 10 is an easy five minute walk from the centre of the historic village of Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands, and within easy reach of beaches and all activities. So park your car and make Russell Top 10’s accommodation your top choice if you want to relax, play and stay on your next Bay of Islands holiday.
Reception Hours: Summer – 8am – 8pm
Winter – 8.30am-6.30pm
Free Phone 0800 148671
Be immersed in a natural playground, see rare North Island weka and pateke roam free around the park
When you stay with us, you’ll be immersed in a natural playground, see rare North Island weka and pateke roam free around the park and you may even have the chance to see brown kiwi in the surrounding native bush.
Wake up to the sound of native birds, hear the call of the kiwi at night as you gaze at the star filled sky or sit around the campfire. It’s the perfect setting to make memories as nature intended!
You’ll have the best of both worlds when you stay with us. We’re set amongst 14 acres of native New Zealand bush and only minutes away from the centre of Russell and Oneroa Bay one of the many gorgeous beaches.
We are the perfect location for families, large groups or couples to have a relaxing and fun filled holiday with affordable accommodation to suit any budget.
We have a range of self-contained options including a cottage, holiday house, bungalows and bay view cabins, ranging from studio up to 3 bedroom. Many with their own private deck to relax and watch the wildlife go by or the magical sunsets over Orongo Bay. The tipi and sites for tents, caravans and campervans are all set amongst our gorgeous native bush setting. Our cabins are a great budget option making use of the shared facilities. The lodge is fully equipped to accommodate large groups of over 60 people with purpose built kitchen, dining and lounge areas.
We have everything you need for a hassle-free holiday including a swimming pool, playground, wood fired pizza oven, campfire and our very own kiwi trail through native bush – if you’re lucky you may even see a kiwi! And there is complimentary parking for all guests.
Take the short 5 minute drive to discover the stories, history and heritage of Russell, a romantic and charming town and the first capital of New Zealand.
There are so many fantastic things to see and do in the area including cycling, fishing, walking, dining, golden beaches and historic sites, all only a few minutes’ drive from the park. Our location provides a central base to explore the stunning Bay of Islands.
Make the most of our complimentary tours and activities booking service onsite with our friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Book with us and a portion of what you pay will support our efforts to save endangered wildlife and ecosystems within our predator free holiday park.
When you are here you can’t help but take in the sights and sounds of nature and the abundant wildlife making a stay with us a truly unique experience.
Tori & James Burns
Luxury Beach House accommodation on Tapeka Beach, just two minutes from Russell.
4 bedrooms sleep up to 13 guests (king master with ensuite and TV).
Furnished and equipped to a high standard including linen, Sky TV, home theatre and free Internet.
Unobstructed beach and bay views with direct beach access.
Superb outdoor living with BBQ, 4 kayaks and dinghy
TripAdvisor.com Best Russell Vacation Rental Award
Eagles Nest is a multi award winning, five villa, luxury retreat overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands.
Located just two minutes from romantic and historic Russell.
Each of the properties exclusive villas offer luxuries such as private heated infinity edged lap pools, Jacuzzis, advanced cinema systems, gourmet kitchens, sunset decks and high speed wireless internet access.
Combine this with superb cuisine, prepared by the resident personal chefs and a great range of activity options, Eagles Nest is the ultimate luxury holiday destination. Eagles Nest – Somewhere between seven stars and heaven.
Opening Hours: Accurate hours, including seasonal changes
Duty Manager 24 hours
Office 08.30 – 17.00
Rahimoana Villa Helipad GPS Coordinates:
S 35”15.014 E 174”06.945
Sacred Space Villa Helipad GPS Coordinates:
S 35”15.134 E 174”06.998
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