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Russell and Bay of Island Activities

Russell is the historic central hub for Bay of Islands outdoor activities: Boating, fishing, swimming, tramping, horse-riding or exploring the small settlements and remote bays and beaches.

Russell itself has a number of the oldest buildings in New Zealand and a very interesting museum as the original sealers and whalers' base in this country. It has a large Dept of Conservation activity centre with informative public displays and items for sale. Russell is a kiwi protection area and kiwi calls are often heard at night.

Russell is a well-established tourist centre with excellent cafes, restaurants and art and craft galleries. It is also a focal point of Maori history and culture both past and present. Well-stocked general stores are the first point of call for summer boating visitors to "the Bay".

The following links provide further information on some of these opportunities.


Walks and Tracks

  • Walks and Tracks near Russell

    Russell is surrounded by wonderful nature and there are many opportunities to enjoy it for all levels of fitness and interest ranging from a casual stroll to a several day tramp or hike.

    Check out our detailed descriptions to enjoy the best of Russell's great walks and work up an appetite for Russell's great food. Happy days and bon appetit.

    Transport to and from walks may be arranged with Fernz, see Tours below.

Russell and the Bay of Islands

Tours and Cruises

  • Fullers cruises
    Fullers operate a large booking office beside the Russell Wharf. They also operate local and regional bus tours.
  • Kings and Dolphin cruises
    Kings now amalgamated with Fullers also operate cruise tours with pickup/dropoff at Russell Wharf.

Taxi/Pickup-Drop Off

  • Kororareka Backpackers shuttle service
    Phone: 64 9 403 8494
    Email: korobp@xtra.co.nz

Health and Fitness

  • Russell Medical Centre
    Well-equipped General Practice surgery adjacent to St Johns Ambulance service.
    16 Church Street, or behind St Johns Ambulance building beside tennis court from York Street.
    Ph: 09 403 7690
  • Russell Pharmacy
    Well-stocked pharmacy near Russell Medical Centre.
    21 York Street.
    Ph: 09 403 7835
  • Health Studio Group
    Yoga, Tai-Boe, pilates, physiotherapy, weight loss, lifestyle coaching, individual training. Russell classes.
  • Russell Medical Aid Trust
    Supporting the Russell Medical Centre