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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
Russell Four Square is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register. It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Summer Hours: 7:15am – 9:00pm
Winter Hours: 7:15am – 8:00pm
Many Four Square Stores are of important historical significance in the development of this country.
One such store is Russell Four Square, which is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register, (Category 2 standing for a significant place).
It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Built in the 1880’s, the store was strangely designed. The sleeping quarters were upstairs and were reached by an outside staircase. The stairs have long gone and access is now by way of a vertical ladder onto a flat roof leading to a porch. Consequently upstairs is no longer used. The kitchen-living room was a stand-alone single storey building situated in the back yard of the shop…
Some information contained within this article was sourced form an article by M. King in the Russell Review Volume 4 1981 with the kind permission of the Russell Museum.
Groceries and provisions – They locals know this as the Front Shop, come in for fresh vegetables and supplies.
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.
Tuk Tuk Bangkok Thai Restaurant is the authentic Thai dining experience in the Bay Of Islands.
Located in the heart of Russell, Bay Of Islands, Charlie and Dang invite you to experience Thai food at it’s best. Tuk Tuk’s cuisine is not only full of flavor, but is picture perfect too.
Whether it’s dinner for two, a family occasion or a wedding – Tuk Tuk can cater to groups of all sizes.
Be sure to try our Curry Puffs or Pork Spare Ribs for an entree, a couple of favorites for many locals.