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Russell | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History

Russell is a popular holiday destination and an aquatic playground. Swim with dolphins, dive the Rainbow Warrior, go game fishing, or discover local history and culture.

Russell Activity Highlights Overview

Russell is a quaint sleepy little town, abuzz with holiday homes and accommodation. Russell is a great place for relaxation and adventure. The town presents the opportunity to bask in the subtropical sun on the beach or explore the forested peninsula.

Russell offers many attractions such as wine tasting and sailing through the pristine waters. There are also many refreshing walks throughout the surrounding countryside and peninsula.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Yachting in the Bay of Islands and dolphins in the water, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
Yachting Bay of Islands
Northland
Photographer: Rob Suisted
(www.naturespic.com)

Russell Water Activities

Russell and the Bay of Islands offer some fantastic cruises around the bay and along the coast. During the cruise the local skippers give some interesting stories of this historical part of New Zealand along with fascinating facts about the flora, fauna, and geography of the region.

The cruises give the chance to spot graceful Dolphins leisurely swimming the in waters, watching whales rising to take gulps of air, touring secluded islands and seeing the "Hole in the Rock" (a large natural arc on the edge of the cliff) during your cruise in the Bay of Islands.

Cruises are available from a tour around the bay, to 3 day cruises to and from Auckland.

The Bay of Islands offer many water based activities. For something completely different you can learn to crew and paddle a traditional waka (canoe) with tuition by traditionally clad Ngapuhi toa (warriors), or you can go diving and explore the area that way.

Russell offers a range of other activities such as fishing. Russell is world renowned for its fishing; the fish species include the famous Snapper and Kingfish and adrenalin rushing big game fish.

Russell Accommodation

Russell is a popular tourist destination and offers a wide range of accommodation options:

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