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
Affordable accommodation options in a picturesque setting with abundant bird life, including kiwis and north island wekas.
From privately situated fully self contained bungalows through to cabins or glamping for families and couples, all our accommodation features decks to make the most of the relaxed indoor/outdoor living opportunities of a sunny climate. Choose your own spacious powered or unpowered camp site in a natural bush setting and enjoy all our facilities including a swimming pool, playground, outdoor games, fish smokehouse, BBQ areas, campfire, wood fired pizza oven (free wood provided) and free boat parking.
Close to the Twin Coast Cycle Trail so bring your bikes! We also offer comfortable Specialised cycle trail bikes for hire, with bike helmets and locks included with hire. Our bikes are serviced before each hireage and we offer secure bike storage and minor bike repairs.
Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park offers you a central base from which you can explore Russell and the Bay of Islands and is adjacent to the walkway to Russell and the Bay of Islands Full Circle Day Walk.
Bring your kayaks and fishing rods and we will share with you some great spots to sample the warm waters and stunning scenery of the Bay.
Angela & Don Armitage
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
Enjoy breathtaking panoramic water views from all three levels of this spectactular private luxury home. Four bedrooms with luxury ensuite bathrooms. Floor to ceiling bi-fold doors on all levels merge the outdoor terrace space seamlessly into living areas. Wake up every morning to see dolphins at play in the bay. Star gaze at night and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Just two minutes from Long Beach and Russell. Boat moorings and Kayaks available. Blue Oasis is an oasis!
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
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
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.
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.
What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!
Hire our Runabout, Catamarans, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Row Boats (with outboards) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Cruise on a Runabout: Get out on the water with our runabout and cruise to an island or two in our part of the Bay of Islands or try your luck fishing, diving or snorkelling.
Sail a Hobie catamaran: Go sailing on one of our Hobie catamarans. Enjoy with friends or family and 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.
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.
Maggie: originates from Scotland spending many years as a primary school teacher.
Enterprise Russell in a not-for-profit Charitable Trust, run by some 40 interesting, helpful volunteers of many nationalities and backgrounds. We are a true example of community pride in action.
We run an internet cafe & office in York Street equipped with 8 fast internet terminals including one with Skype, plus a wi-fi hub. We provide for downloading files & photographs to CD/DVD and memory sticks, plus both black/white and colour copying, faxing and laminating. Ours is a friendly, helpful service that generates significant net income, with all profits being donated to the local community.
We also publish the 16 page, high quality mixed colour and black/white “Russell Lights” newsletter each fortnight on a strictly non-profit making basis both in hard copy and electronic formats. This is widely read by locals, visitors and Russell “swallows” who winter overseas. This provides an excellent low-cost, effective means for local businesses and individuals to advertise virtually anything. This helps to promote local businesses and to keep the wider community informed about what is going on through the diverse articles featured in our columns. The modest revenue from this advertising covers the production costs of this quality publication.
Enterprise Russell has donated about $180,000 to a wide-variety of merit-worthy organizations over the last nine years.. This works out at close to $20,000 per year, with roughly 40% going towards health initiatives, 20% each to community and youth affairs and nearly 10% towards the environment.
Visit us to see for yourself! In The Traders Mall, 5 York Street, Russell