“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:
Leather bags, toys, jandals, t-shirts (incl. Russell T’s), men’s gifts, homewares, wall art, souvenirs, jewellery, soaps, toiletries, baby gifts, scarves, and much more…
Winter hours – 10am – 3pm
Summer hours – 9.30 – 5pm
(these hours are subject to change)
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
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.
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
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 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
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.