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.
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
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.
Russell’s only petrol station is located on the main road between Russell town and Okiato, where the car ferry departs. Download the GAS UP app and you can fuel up 24 hours per day, 7 days per week!
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.
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!
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.
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Sail the Bay of Islands with us, Kingfisher Yacht Charters. We will take you on a cruise where you will explore the beautiful bays and sights it has to offer.
Feel the gentle breeze in your hair and warm sun on your back and your cares slip away as our beautiful yachts glide smoothly through the clean clear waters of the bay. Day sails are from $110 per person with half price for 12 years and under.
Cruises all include morning tea/coffee with Sue’s yummy freshly baked muffins and a delicious lunch made from the freshest Northland produce.
Kingfisher – A 11.6 metre New Zealand designed yacht taking up to 8 guests or
Kama Lua – A 14 metre Island Packet luxury yacht taking up to 12 guests
This is the most awesome way to see the bay of Islands –Exclusive yacht charters are also available – make the boat yours for the day, Sue and Stephen Western.
Awaken to the sound of native birdsong in this colonial style villa nestled in the bush close to the historic Russell township in the beautiful Bay of Islands. With stunning sea views from every room and a sumptuous home cooked breakfast, enjoy the warm hospitality of this boutique B&B.
Each well-appointed room has smart TVs with SkySports and Netflix, plus tea and coffee making with a Nespresso machine. The private and secluded property has free WiFi throughout the house and free parking on site. It’s close to the Okiato car ferry and just 6km from Russell.
Be welcomed with tea and cake on arrival with your friendly and knowledgable hosts, Lydia and Duncan, who are happy to share their favourite local places and provide recommendations tailored to your stay.
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.
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
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.
A rare find on the Waterfront in the heart of Russell village, this luxury property is a must view for holidaymakers and tourists who are looking for a unique experience in this fantastic Bay of Islands location. Enjoy the best of summer here or off peak season to fit your vacation itinerary.
This beautiful waterfront four bedroom, three bathroom home in the heart of Russell may be available to discerning guests who value a completely self contained and private property on the exclusive Russell Strand. The property receives both the morning sun for a patio breakfast setting and enjoys the gorgeous sunsets over the water from the verandah setting or lounge. This home is suitable for up to six adult guests.
- Absolute waterfront location
- Quality bed and bath linen
- Modern appliances, covered BBQ, dishwasher, gas hobs, electric oven
- Flat-screen TVs
- Outdoor furniture and all-weather clear blinds
- Housekeeper by arrangement if required
- Provisioning by arrangement if requested
- Smoke-free, pet-free
- Free off-street parking
Smaller groups (2-3 adults) may choose the B&B Suite on the upper floor, which available when the holiday home is not booked.
Paroa Bay Chalets are well located for guests to enjoy nearby Russell (restaurants, cafes, bakery, shops, etc), Jacks Bay, visiting the local oyster farms and within walking distance of the fabulous Paroa Bay family run vineyard.
Our chalets are two bedroom, two bathroom, architecturally designed and recently built, and can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.
The chalets provide the perfect setting for all types of occasions… romantic getaways, honeymoons, reunions, family holidays or just chilling with friends.
The chalets are stand alone and offer private decks (with BBQ facilities), and are fully self-contained with dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, ipod docking stereo, sky TV, wifi and modern amenities. King beds are provided with luxury linen (towels etc). Bedrooms can be re-configured and children are very welcome.
There are few places in the world where you get the sense of land emerging from the ocean — where you can trace the contours of the land down below the waterline — where land and ocean are not binary or separate, but continuous. New Zealand’s Paroa Bay is one of these places — a sheltered inlet enveloped by a perfectly irregular peninsula —with the larger subtropical and iconic Bay of Islands stretching out across the horizon.
The Paroa Bay experience is continuous — from the considered architecture of our villas, through the carefully selected ingredients on our menu, to the artisanal quality of our wines, we offer an experience of complete relaxation and luxury in a truly unique and awe-inspiring setting.
Perched above this breath-taking bay is our premier luxury accommodation — Paroa Bay Winery and Estate. Our property features three superb villas, a sprawling boutique vineyard, and our world-class restaurant Sage — ensuring every aspect of a luxurious experience is not only catered to but plentifully provided for.
We do not have to look far for inspiration at Sage — our restaurant at Paroa Bay Winery. Perched high above the idyllic Bay of Islands, it is the Moana (ocean) and Whenua (land) who inform and inspire our menu. From the end of the fishing line cast into the sea to the orchard doors of our suppliers and our very own onsite gardens, our focus is on locally grown and sourced ingredients which combine seamlessly into a uniquely creative brand of New Zealand cuisine.
With a broad-ranging menu that features some of the freshest and most revered offerings from the ocean — all sustainably fished and line-caught — and some of New Zealand’s world-renowned natural produce, our chefs work to strike the perfect balance between creative flair and allowing their ingredients to be savoured as they are. And with all dishes thoughtfully matched from wines directly from our very own cellar door, the culinary experience is full-circle. It is our considered and intuitive approach that pervades the restaurant at Sage, from ingredient sourcing, through the kitchen and front of house.
In a world where sustainability matters, we’re extremely proud to know that almost every ingredient in our kitchen has come from just down the road — we even picked some of them ourselves. It is the connection between our surroundings and our menu that sets Sage apart — and when the surroundings are one of the most beautiful natural environments on the planet you can taste the difference.
COURTESY SHUTTLE SERVICE
Free pick-up from Russell and surrounding areas, or arrive on a boat and we will pick you up from the beach!
Sage is just a 15-minute drive from Russell. From the Okiato car ferry, turn right to Russell Whakapara Road at the petrol station intersection.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL – 09 403 8270 or email@example.com
Summer: Oct (Labor Weekend) to End of April 12:00pm – 9:00pm Open Wednesday to Sunday
Winter: May (First Weekend) to Oct (Labor Weekend) 12:00pm – 9:00pm Open Friday to Sunday
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.
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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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