The old charm
Russell is located in the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand. The old charm, history, modern facilities and access to many attractions make it the perfect base for a romantic stay, family holiday or base to explore the upper north island. Russell was the first capital of New Zealand and one of the first European settlements. The town is rich in history with a variety of shops and services that do not spoil the old charm. Hours can be spent in the museum tracing the towns history from the first European settlers, whaling and marine history. Even the headstones at New Zealand’s first church have a story to tell. A vist to the Pampallier Mission house on the waterfront is also a must which features a working museum. Shops include 2 supermarkets, bakery, liquor, hardware, news agent, business centre, famous fish & chips, antiques, gifts, fuel, fishing tackle, dive fills, attraction booking offices, hardware, fashion, antiques, pottery and more Restaurants cater from cafe and bistro dining to world class. Local vineyards provide wine tasting and have restaurants at Omata Estate on the road to the car ferry and Paroa Bay Winery / Sage restaurant. Bars range from the famous Duke of Marlborough hotel to the Bay of Island Swordfish club. There is even a outdoor pizza restaurant. Passenger ferries operate continuously to the tourist town of Paihia where additional shops and attractions can be found. A number of attractions leave from Russell wharf including trips to the hole in the rock, R Tucker Thomson sailing ship, fishing charters and dolphin encounter cruisers. Summer ferries to Urupukapuka Island also operate. A medical clinic and chemist are also in the main shopping area. The wharf is a hive of activity with Paihia ferries, game fishing boats, tours and boats refueling coming and going. Tapeka del Mar beachfront holiday home is just two minutes from Russell
Russell was the first capital of New Zealand
The town is rich in history with a variety of shops and services that do not spoil the old charm.