“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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
In 1841 an intrepid group of missionaries from France arrived in New Zealand and built the first ‘factory’ in New Zealand with a press dedicated solely to the Māori language, right on the foreshore in the Bay of Islands.
Too poor to buy much, they built the printery using rammed earth (or pisé de terre) for the lower storey and a timber-framed (pan de bois) upper floor with earth panels – technology and knowledge brought from across the sea.
Today, the site is still run as a printery and adults and children alike can come and witness first hand every step of how early publications were made in the building. Almost two centuries after the machinery first started operation, you can enjoy the satisfaction of preserving the building, the machinery inside and all the wonderful stories connected to this place.
- Daily, November-April, closed Christmas Day
- 10am – 5pm
- Daily, May-October
- 10am – 4pm
- Daily guided tours
- 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm*, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm* (* summer only)
Explore our award-winning gardens in their magnificent beach-side setting, with its wonderful views across the bay to Waitangi.
Join our tours and learn how to tan a hide, bind a book, and much more. From 1st December to 30th April experience our special “Coffee, Croissant and Culture” Experience. This includes our award winning guided tour of Pompallier Mission followed by coffee and croissant in our small French Coffee House.
Guided tours includes printery and garden $10 adults, $7 tertiary students, accompanied school-age children free access to the printery is by guided tour only to help preserve this precious building. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.
Browse our Visitor Centre gift shop for a unique reminder of this special place.
#1 Trip Advisor of Things to Do in Russell. Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016
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
Relax. Revive. Repeat.
Revive Day Spa offers a variety of massage and beauty services in a relaxed setting. Unwind and recenter with one of our luxury treatments or make a quick stop with an express treatment. Our aim is for you to leave feeling blissful, pampered and revived.
Unique private tours of the Bay of Islands & The Far North in Jeep Wranglers or V8 Mustang.
Rogue Pony tours are about showcasing the Bay of Islands as one of the finest locations in New Zealand, particularly seen from our unique and sometimes quirky viewpoint. At Rogue Pony our sightseeing tours are about quality, fun and an undeniable hunger for discovery and adventure.
It’s always relaxed, with a sense of “going with the flow”, having the flexibility to adapt and ensuring you have the most enjoyable tour possible. We have a wealth of knowledge to share with you and we get great pleasure from hosting our guests and answering their questions, no matter how obscure! Have you been wanting to ask questions about New Zealand while you have been on holiday? Ask us!
No two tours are ever the same. Our interaction with you steers your tour from a “standard sightseeing tour” to an enriched adventure focused on what’s most appropriate for you. It may be discussing dairy farming, history, art or whatever road we go down, as there is no set commentary. No matter what’s on the cards, there’ll most likely be some surprises and unexpected moments of delight.
As soon as you book your Rogue Pony tour, it’s locked in and confirmed. All our tours are priced per vehicle with no minimum number of passengers.
We also provide wedding car hire for that special day or airport transfers from any accommodation between Russell and the Bay of Islands Airport in Kerikeri.
Open year round.
RIDES BEYOND THE ORDINARY – GO ROGUE!
What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!
Enjoy a days fishing on our self drive boats, easy to use paddleboards or kayaks or our easy to sail catamarans.
If you’ve never tried sailing before we can book you a short lesson to get you going.
We’ve also got row boats, with or without outboards which are ideal for fishing.
The water not for you? Our bikes are suitable for cycling around the town of Russell or over to the safe swimming beach at Long Beach. For the more adventurous why not try cycling up Flagstaff Hill where the views are breathtaking. Whilst at the top why not cycle over to magical Tapeka where Sandy Bay and Rocky Bay await you.
The self-drive boat is 15ft and powered by a 70HP Yamaha two stroke outboard and is available for 1/2 day, full day and longer hires. Ideal for fishing or cruising for a picnic or BBQ with friends and family. Safety gear includes life jackets, VHF, paddle, boat hook and we log your departure with Russell Radio.
Hires for all water sports include life jackets and the bike hire includes helmet, security lock and local map.
Russell Boat and Bike 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.
Maggie: originates from Scotland spending many years as a primary school teacher.
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 Post Centre, stationery, newsagents, books, second hand books, magazines, cards, postcards, calendars, children’s books, Maori books, New Zealand books, toys, souvenirs, office supplies, printer cartridges. Mail centre includes courier service and stamps.
Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am – 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5pm
Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30am – 2pm
Sunday 8:30am – 2pm (Summer Only)
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.
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.
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).