Ships anchor in the channel between Tapeka Point and Russell. From
there passengers are ferried to either Russell or Waitangi wharves.
Russell now has a secure passenger transfer area on the wharf. Most ships arrive off
Russell between 0700 hours and 0900 but typically 0800 for a day visit.
They usually depart the same day at either 1700 or 1800 hours. Many
passengers take organised tours as far north as Cape Reinga, the northern
tip of New Zealand.
If you are visiting on a cruise ship and
either on a limited budget or not keen spending hours on a tour bus,
spend the day in Russell or book or own trips. Historic Russell is a favourite for many passengers who enjoy the relaxed village
atmosphere with many historic places, cafes and shops. A mini tour of
the Russell area and history operates from next to the wharf.
Attractions include boat trips to explore the Islands including the
famous "hole in the rock", swim with the Dolphins, bus tours, Waitangi
Treaty grounds and more. There are good short walking tracks and a 10
minute passenger ferry trip to Paihia. Ferries run every 10-20 minutes
with shopping. Walk or take a taxi the short distance to the Waitangi
Further visitor information
can be found on this site on the following pages
Attractions & Activities
Bay of Islands
Historic Russell Village
Most ships will arrive from or depart
to the port of Auckland.