“Wish” Gifts is a new gift shop right in the heart of Russell. We stock quality gifts for everyone, at all prices. Our aim is to have something for everyone. Some of these things are:
Home wares, wall art, souvenirs, jewellery, soaps & toiletries, kid’s t-shirts, baby gifts, scarves, local crafts, and much more…
Winter Hours – 10am-4pm
Summer Hours – 9.30am – 5.30pm
Spring and Autumn Hours- 9.30 – 4.30pm
1. The Bay View (3 rooms, self-contained for 2, 3 or 4 guests)
Two queen bedrooms for one or two couples. Maximum privacy. Internal access to each room. All rooms open onto a covered patio, lawn & garden. No stairs.
NZ$ 250 to NZ$ 275
- All towels and linen supplied
- Freeview TV
- Cooking facilities for self-catering, BBQ
- Indoor/outdoor dining
2. The Harbour Suite (2-room apartment for 2 guests)
Queen bedroom with en-suite and studio/lounge/kitchen from NZ$ 175
- All towels and linen supplied
- Freeview TV
- Cooking facilities for self-catering, BBQ
- Indoor/outdoor dining
Russell, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand is only 3 hours drive from Auckland’s harbour bridge. Russell is the first choice for discerning travellers. This historic village and sheltered anchorage is a convenient departure point for all cruises and activities on the Bay.
There is safe off street parking with security lighting for cars and boat trailers, and we are just 400 metres from the wharf, Russell’s ‘front door’. We will meet you at the passenger ferry if you are arriving by public transport.
Self-contained rates per night are from $135 (single) to $275 (4 guests).
Please let us know how we can help you plan your time with us by contacting us at the details below or by using our contact form.
We endeavour to answer all enquiries promptly and personally.
Pip and Oliver
A Place in the Sun
PO Box 78, Russell
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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
Russell – Bay Four Square
Welcome to our Four Square store! We’re proud to be part of the long-standing iconic Kiwi brand that has been the local for New Zealand communities since 1924. So whether you’re keeping it local, or on tour, we’re here to make it easy for you. Become a local, and shop where all Kiwis love to shop. Always welcome. Always local. Always Four Square.
- York Street
Dx Box: Ax 10027, Russell, Northland, 0202
- OPEN HOURS – Mon-Sun 7:30am – 8:00pm
Please Note: 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.
Bay of Islands Guided Kayak Tours Ltd is a tourism-oriented company in Russell, New Zealand offering safe kayaking tours that can be enjoyed by people who want to get up close and personal with nature. We are based at 4 Cass Street, Russell and our location carries an abundance of pioneering history balanced with the day-to-day life of a busy tourism attraction. We are visited by more than 50 cruise ships and specialty tours during the peak seasons, with thousands of people wanting to experience our Bay of Islands tourist facilities.
Water Sport Adventure/Kayaking
- Guided Kayak Tours
- Freedom Kayak Hire/Rentals
- Retail Shop
- Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals
- Fishing Gear Rentals
- Snorkel Equipment Rentals
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.
Relax by the beach with us. Bayside offers a great selection of seafood and daily specials. And if it’s a cocktail you are after, check out our extensive cocktail list. Visit our website to view our current menu.
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
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!
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
Located on Russell’s scenic waterfront, Butterfish is the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast, long lunch, summertime al fresco dinner, or just a cheeky cocktail at sunset. Or just grab a takeaway coffee and tasty morsel from the cabinet; everything is made freshly in-house daily.
Caravan by Tania Cooper is proudly designed and manufactured here in New Zealand in the Beautiful Bay of Islands.
There is a basic Summer and Winter range each year, with additions throughout those seasons.
The name Caravan came from the nostalgic, iconic New Zealand holiday in a beautiful bay somewhere. relaxed and casual, reflecting the clothing we create.
The inspiration for the designs comes from the fabric first, with an emphasis on beautiful prints and quality fabrics using mainly natural fibres where possible.
The designs are not restricted to any particular age group. They are comfortable and easy to wear with flattering lines for all shapes and sizes.
Caravan pants were one of the first designs in 2003 and still remain one of our most popular items. They are an easy comfortable fit and are extremely flattering on all sizes from a 6 to a 20.
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.
Operatic, artistic, iconoclast, sensual and enigmatic are just some of the words that have been used to describe The Donkey Bay Inn. As you enter through the intriguing garden tunnel and come out into the inn’s private courtyard, we are sure you’ll find your own words for the unique and wonderful world of Donkey Bay.
Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breath-taking views at every turn.
There is only one Donkey Bay Inn…
The Duke Motel is a newly re-furbished Boutique Motel with a stylist, retro twist.
Centrally located in the heart of Russell, it is walking distance to the village where you can enjoy the centre’s shops, cafes, restaurants and it is also only a short stroll to the beach, wharf and boat ramp. The Duke Motel is perfect for couples, groups and families who want to experience all that the Bay of Islands has to offer in a relaxed setting. The Duke motel has a 4 star Qualmark rating.
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.
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
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
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.