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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
For spectacular views come to Bellrock Lodge which is on the hill overlooking the bay and the lovely village of Russell.
Bellrock is only a 5 min stroll to the village and wharf.
Luxury en-suite rooms with private entrance and French doors leading out of your room onto your private patio.
The rooms can either have twin beds (2 singles) or a super king bed.
Each room has: Freeview TV, DVD player, Radio/CD/iPod dock, air conditioner and kitchenette. Guest lounge has SKY TV, fully equipped bar and barbeque facilities.
5 Star Qualmark Rating | 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!
Hire our Motorboat, Catamarans, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Row Boat (with outboard) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Cruise on a Motorboat: Get out on the water with our Motorboat and cruise to an island or two in our part of the Bay of Islands. Try your luck fishing, diving or snorkelling.
Sail a Hobie catamaran: Go sailing on one of our Hobie catamarans. Enjoy with friends or family. Can be exciting when the wind’s up.
Paddle a Kayak: Choose from single or double kayaks and enjoy the bay in and around Russell.
Get on a Paddleboard: Our easy to use standup paddleboards come with a FREE lesson.
Row boats: With or without an outboard. Ideal for a cruise or row around the bay close to or a nearby fishing spots.
Russell Boat and Beach 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 software development and PC repairs he found Russell
Maggie: originates from Scotland spending many years as a primary school teacher.
Russell Radio, a local volunteer radio station, provides excellent an excellent service for visiting boats, including logging trip reports, interpreting the weather reports and providing assistance for boats (whether it be for medical emergencies, sinkings, broken freezer parts, location of the nearest fuel pumps or booking hair appointments).
They are entirely funded through membership fees of $60 per annum or donations, so feel free to pop in and say thanks or become a member if they have helped you out – they are at 25 The Strand. Russell Radio operates on Channel 63 from 0900 to 1900 daily, 365 days a year and broadcasts local weather reports at 0900, 0930, 1330 and 1750.
The Bay of Islands’ port of Opua is the international port of entry for the Northland region and cruising yachts should report to New Zealand Customs for customs clearance as well as Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries inspection using Channel 16 on the VHF radio or thru Russell Radio on ch 63. Normal paperwork (valid passport and visa) will be required.
VHF Channel 63
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.
Accountants and Business Advisers in Paihia and Kerikeri.
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Locally owned, internationally resourced member of PKF international Limited
• Buying a property
• Buying a rental property
• Property Management Services
• Tax residency rules
• Investing in New Zealand
• Arranging/negotiating finance
• Restructuring Debt
(Anything to do with Business in NZ)
· Buying a business
· Business restructuring
· Business planning and forecasting
· Valuations of shares and enterprises
And yes, we do accounting, auditing and tax work as well.
Phone us or call into our offices, Williams Rd, Paihia or Hobson Ave, Kerikeri (opp Post Office) for an appointment.
Paihia | +64 9 402 7926 | Paihia@pkfpl.co.nz
Kerikeri | +64 9 407 7142 | Kerikeri@pkfpl.co.nz