This charming town is the perfect base for exploring the Bay of Islands.
Russell holds an important place in New Zealand’s history, being the country’s first seaport, its first European settlement and New Zealand’s first capital in nearby Okiato. The town’s streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today.
Wine & Dine
Omata Estate is a boutique vineyard on a sunny peninsula 8km out of Russell, in the
Bay of Islands. The vines grow on north facing slopes overlooking the ocean. The Omata Kitchen is a relaxed style eatery serving gourmet platters and wood-fired pizzas. They strive to source items locally and menus change often. They are a perfect location for a special private function. Go and visit them today and enjoy their wines overlooking one of the best views in the
bay of islands
On the Sea
It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Bay of Islands if you didn’t get out on the water. There are many different options to get on the water to suit your budget, style, and needs. Here are the top ones we recommend.
Want to explore our own front yard – Kororareka Bay (Russell’s Waterfront)? You are in luck, because we have kayaks free for our guests to hire from Reception.
On the Land
Fancy a game of tennis? Hananui has all the equipment and membership to the local tennis club. See Reception about booking a time.
Walks and Rides
What better way to see a town than on foot! We love our walking and it is so much easier to do when you get the views that these walks offer.
A quick round trip walk of approx 45 mintues. Starting from the Lodge and walking up to Wellington St to the Flagstaff is a mix of steep street and stairs. Once you are done huffing and puffing have a look around across the whole of the bay. Also take a right once up at the car park and check out the sundial