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OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE

Bay of Islands | NEW ZEALAND

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The further north you come the warmer the welcome AF

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Nau mai haere mai

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Russell Kororareka is one of New Zealand’s unspoilt gems,

a fascinating historic seaside village that has been offering shelter and hospitality to visitors since the 1700s. Located in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands its mix of history and natural beauty has a unique charm not found anywhere else. But it’s not a place frozen in its past; Russell is a vibrant cosmopolitan community where you can enjoy anything from fish and chips to fine dining, try Northland wines with fresh local oysters, stay anywhere from camping grounds to baches (kiwi for holiday cottages), B&Bs and luxury lodges. With four stunning swimming beaches, numerous tranquil coves as well as the islands sprinkled across the bay it’s a place to slow down and relax: swim, fish, sail, chat to the locals, and recharge your batteries.

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Bay of Islands

From Kerikeri and SH10

11

Passenger Ferries

Bay of Islands

Rawhiti

RUSSELL

North Island

Waitangi

Paihia Opua

South Island Car Ferry

11

Old Russell Rd, Scenic Route from Whangarei and SH1

From SH1, Auckland and Whangarei

Getting to Russell

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BY CAR: Russell is around 3 hours from Auckland on SH1

BY AIR: Several flights a day connect Auckland with Kerikeri

via Whangarei and Kawakawa then SH11 to Opua and the car

airport, an hour’s drive away. Rental cars are available at the airport

ferry. After the ferry it’s another 8kms to Russell.

as are transfers to Paihia wharf and the passenger ferries.

CAR feRRY: Mainland departures: Opua

PASSeNGeR feRRIeS:

Russell peninsula departures: Okiato

Mainland departures: Paihia wharf

A continuous shuttle every 10 mins or so from 0640hrs to 2200.

Russell departures: Town wharf Services every 20 minutes during the day,

BY BUS: Regular daily bus services to/from Auckland

hourly at night

serve the Bay of Islands stopping at Paihia by the wharf.

First ferry: Russell 0700, Paihia 0720 Last ferry Oct-May: Russell 2200, Paihia 2230 Last ferry June-Sept: Russell 1900, Paihia 1930


Once the ‘hell-hole of the Pacific’, now a little piece of heaven

Aotearoa New Zealand’s

first great meeting place

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In 1844 came the most famous event in Russell’s history when local maori chief Hone Heke cut down the flagstaff flying the British Union Jack above the town. The flagstaff was restored but Heke cut it down again three more times, the last in 1845 leading to fierce fighting - the Battle of Kororareka. The town was sacked

Russell/Kororareka has had a colourful past. Originally known

and burnt; only Christ Church, Pompallier

as Kororareka, it was home to the Ngaere Raumati hapu (clan)

and a few nearby buildings were spared. The

then to Nga Manu and Ngapuhi.

settlers evacuated and fled to Auckland and it

The first Europeans to visit, James Cook in 1769 and French

was years before they started to return.

explorer Marion du Fresne, were quickly followed by whalers,

In the 1920s Russell was re-discovered as

traders and missionaries. Americans, British, French and Maori

an idyllic place to holiday. American writer

met and mingled here: kainga (village) and pa (fort) were soon

and fisherman Zane Grey praised the Bay’s

replaced by grogshop and trading post. Life on the waterfront

game fishing. In the 30s a road was finally put through and later a car

was rough and rowdy, earning Russell the nickname Hellhole

ferry which opened the area up to tourism. Visitors enjoy the Russell

of the Pacific.

lifestyle all year round. It’s not just a place, it’s a state of mind.

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Two hundred years of stories to discover

The town’s original street plan and names are still intact and as you stroll the streets you’ll find some of New Zealand’s oldest and most significant historic buildings.

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POMPALLIER MISSION 1842 Established

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as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Mission to the Western Pacific. Now restored to its original French Lyonnaise layout, it’s a working printery again.

CHRIST CHURCH 1835 The oldest existing church in NZ. Look for the musket ball holes in the old weatherboards from the 1845 Battle of Kororareka.

RUSSELL MUSEUM

THE BATTLE OF KORORAREKA

One of the finest little museums

11 March 1845 - Local iwi, the armed forces and the people

in the country. Among its taonga

of Russell/Kororareka mark this battle every year with a

is a 1/5 th scale replica of Cook’s

commemorative service and festival.

ship Endeavour.

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OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE 1870 (now the Police Station) on

FLAGSTAFF HILL Above the

the waterfront. Designed by W.H. Clayton, the

town on Maiki Hill stands the famous

first Colonial Architect to

flagstaff, cut down four times between

New Zealand. The giant

1844 and 1845. It flies New Zealand’s

fig tree next to it was

original flag 12 days a year.

planted in the 1870’s.

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Beaches

Russell, the peninsula and islands are blessed with stunning uncrowded beaches, bays and romantic coves

• Kororareka Beach, the village’s waterfront beach. Watch your kids while enjoying a coffee

• Oneroa/Long Beach, our surf beach facing Motuarohia Island • Donkey Bay/Waitaha, adjoining the north end of Long Beach, also a naturist beach • Tapeka Point, with a grassy reserve and picnic tables under historic Norfolk pines • Waihihi Bay/Brick Bay, a secluded cove accessed from a bush track. • Te Rawhiti - 4 beaches including Oke Bay • Elliot Beach, on the Old Russell Road • Roberton/Motuarohia, Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands

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Long Beach AF

Russell waterfront AF


Cape Brett Walkways, Bay of Islands Just half an hour’s drive from Russell

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KAURI Fine examples of New Zealand’s iconic kauri trees are

CONSERVATION ZONE

just a short drive away in the

North Island brown kiwi and weka

Russell Forest.

thrive in and around Russell

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Whether it’s a short stroll or a longer hike through Northland’s

• Okiato - Russell walkway

special rainforests to see magnificent kauri, Russell has plenty

• Russell Forest kauri grove and 800 year old twin-bole kauri, 20

for anyone who loves walking.

mins by car then 20 min walk • Whangamumu Harbour and whaling station, 3 hrs return

• Village Heritage Trails (maps from the Museum) • Long Beach track from town to beach, 15 mins • Kororareka Reserve to Maiki Hill and the Flagstaff. Bush walks, 20 mins • Fladgate reserve to Waihihi Bay, near Flagstaff, 5 mins • Tapeka Historic Reserve, amazing views from old pa site, 10 mins. • Toretore Island (end of Te Wahapu Peninsula)

• Cape Brett Walkway (long distance), 8 hrs one way, good fitness required • Opua – Paihia Coastal Walkway, 3 hrs each way • Waitangi River track, from Waitangi Treaty Grounds to Haruru Falls, 3 hrs return • Urupukapuka Island, various trails • Moturua Island, circuit • Roberton Island, walk to Cook’s lookout, 10 mins.


Fullers

SAIL

Several elegant sailing yachts are based in Russell

for day or overnight cruises to the islands, anchoring in a turquoise bay for lunch, a swim or just to laze on the beach. SW

Two of New Zealand’s most exciting sailing events also take place in Russell every year: the Tall Ships Regatta in January

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and the Coastal Classic race in October.

CRUISE Hole in the Rock scenic cruises, dolphin watching and swimming boats leave from Russell morning and afternoon. If you’re lucky you might even see orca and whales.

FISH

Name your fish and there’s a captain who’ll take you

where the fish are biting. Charters go out for half or whole days.

Photo courtesy 4reel charters

Relax, you’re on Russell time

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KORORAREKA LODGE Bed & Breakfast www.kororareka-lodge.co.nz LA VEDUTA

AIMEO COTTAGE Bed & Breakfast www.bay-of-islands.co.nz/aimeo

(09) 403 7494

Homestay www.laveduta.co.nz

AROPOHUE HOUSE

MOTEL RUSSELL

Bed & Breakfast www.aropohuehouse.com

Self-contained and serviced accommodation www.motelrussell.co.nz

(09) 403 8109

(09) 403 7756

Camping and self-contained accommodation www.orongobayholidaypark.co.nz

AT TITORE LODGE

ORONGO BAY HOMESTEAD

Luxury Lodge www.attitorelodge.com

Historic gourmet country guesthouse www.thehomestead.co.nz

(09) 403 7335

BAY OF ISLANDS HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

OUNUWHAO HOUSE

Holiday rentals and property management www.boiholidays.co.nz

Historic homestead & B&B www.bedandbreakfastbayofislands.co.nz

(09) 403 7188

COMMODORE’S LODGE Self-contained or serviced accommodation www.commodoreslodgemotel.co.nz

(09) 403 7899

(09) 403 7829

(09) 403 7527

(09) 403 7310

Holiday accommodation www.propertymatters.co.nz

(09) 403 7646

B&B www.pukematulodge.co.nz

(09) 403 8500

RUSSELL BAY LODGE (09) 403 8333

HANANUI LODGE & APARTMENTS Self-contained accommodation www.hananui.co.nz

(09) 403 7704

PUKEMATU LODGE

EAGLE’S NEST Luxury Villa Retreat www.eaglesnest.co.nz

(09) 403 7854

PROPERTY MATTERS HOLIDAY RENTALS

THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH HOTEL Historic hotel & restaurant www.theduke.co.nz

(09) 403 8299

ORONGO BAY HOLIDAY PARK

ARCADIA LODGE Historic Boutique B&B www.arcadialodge.co.nz

(09) 403 8494

Luxury self-contained B&B www.russellbay.co.nz

(09) 403 7376

RUSSELL BED AND BREAKFAST (09) 403 7875

Bush and bay B&B at Jack’s Bay www.russellbedandbreakfast.co.nz

(09) 403 7887


RUSSELL TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK

TRITON SUITES MOTEL

Family camping & self-contained accommodation www.russelltop10.co.nz (09) 403 7826

Boutique self-contained accommodation, some with sea views www.tritonsuites.co.nz (09) 403 8067

TE MANAAKI

VILLA RUSSELL

B&B and villa www.temanaaki.co.nz

(09) 403 7200

1910 villa B&B and cottages www.kingfishercharters.co.nz

(09) 403 8845

TE PA HELIOS Seacliff retreat www.tepahelios.com

(09) 403 7229

THE WHITE HOUSE Luxury historic accommodation - B&B www.thewhitehouserussell.com

(09) 403 7676

FULLERS BAY OF ISLANDS CRUISES AWESOME NZ GREAT SIGHTS DOLPHIN CRUISES www.fullersboi.co.nz or www.awesomenz.co.nz (09) 403 7866

TRITON LODGE Seaview accommodation www.tritonlodge.co.nz

(09) 403 7473

on the sunset side of the bay BOUNTY BISTRO - Family dining

(09) 403 8870

MAJOR TOM II FISHING CHARTERS www.majortom.co.nz

0274 377 844

Activities continued

(09) 403 8845

KINGFISHER YACHT CHARTERS www.kingfishercharters.co.nz

GANNETS RESTAURANT - Bistro & brasserie www.gannets.co.nz

(09) 403 7990

KAMAKURA - Waterfront dining www.kamakura.co.nz

OMATA ESTATE VINEYARD - Winery & wine tasting www.omata.co.nz (09) 403 8007

(09) 403 7771

PIZZA PORT - Eat in or takeaway

(09) 403 8869

MURITAI OLIVES - Olive growers and oil producers www.muritaioliveoil.co.nz (09) 403 7696

SALLY’S - Waterfront restaurant www.sallysrestaurant.co.nz

(09) 403 7652

THE GABLES - Waterfront restaurant & garden bar (09) 403 7670 WATERFRONT CAFE- Breakfast, lunch, coffee (09) 403 7589

PHANTOM YACHT CHARTERS www.yachtphantom.com

0800 224 421

POMPALLIER MISSION - NZ Historic Places Trust www.pompallier.co.nz (09) 403 9015 RUSSELL MINI COACH TOURS - Offical tour of Russell (09) 403 7866


Getting to Russell RUSSELL BOOKINGS & INFORMATION CENTRE Russell Wharf www.russellinfo.co.nz 0800 633 255

BY Russell is around 3 hours from Auckland on SH1 BAY CAR: OF ISLANDS i-SITE

TheWhangarei Wharf, Paihia www.visitnorthland.co.nz 363car 463 via and Kawakawa then SH11 to Opua0800 and the ferry. the ferry it’s another to Russell. BAY After 4 SQUARE - ‘The Back 4 8kms Square’ - General store CAR feRRY: York St (09) 403 7602 Mainland departures: Opua CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE Russell peninsula departures: Okiato www.century21russell.co.nz (09) 403 7769 A continuous shuttle every 10 mins or so from 0640hrs to 2200. FRONT 4 SQUARE - Russell’s waterfront general store The Strand (09) 403 7819 BY BUS: Regular daily bus services to/from Auckland INDULGENZ - Gifts, coffee, pantry serve the Bay of Islands stopping at Paihia by the wharf. Cass St (09) 403 7078 JUST IMAGINE - Art Gallery and coffee York St www.justimagine.co.nz

(09) 403 8360

INfORMATION CeNTRe: Russell Wharf, 0800 633 255 BOAT RAMPS: north end of town beach; Tapeka Point; Te Uenga Bay; Kaimarama Bay (Rawhiti) POST OffICe: at Russell Book Shop INTeRNeT AND OffICe SeRVICeS: Enterprise Russell POLICe: tel 403 9090 or 111 for emergencies DOCTORS: Russell Medical Centre 403 7690

EMERGENCIES - FIRE, AMBULANCE, POLICE - DIAL 111

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MAX KIWI - Gifts & souvenirs The Strand

(09) 403 7630

MUDFLATS POTTERY Pottery at 92A Te Wahapu Rd

(09) 403 8892

RUSSELL BOOKSHOP & POST SHOP BY AIR: Several flights a day connect Auckland with Kerikeri

Traders Mall, York St www.abook.co.nz (09) 403 7674 airport, an hour’s drive away. Rental cars are available at the airport RUSSELL HAIR to CO - Hairdressers as are transfers Paihia wharf and the passenger ferries. Traders Mall, York St (09) 403 7631

PASSeNGeR feRRIeS: RUSSELL PHARMACY Mainland departures: Paihia wharf York St (09) 403 7835 Russell departures: Town wharf RUSSELL REALTY MREINZ - Real Estate Services every 20 minutes during the day, York St www.russellrealty.co.nz (09) 403 8895 hourly at night SOUTH SEA ARTS GALLERY - Art Gallery First ferry: Russell 0700, Paihia 0720 York St (09) 403 7268 Last ferry Oct-May: Russell 2200, Paihia 2230 WHALESPIT - Gifts,Last clothing, homewareRussell 1900, Paihia 1930 ferry June-Sept: York St (09) 403 8366

Classic & Tall Ships race First weekend of January Bay of Islands sailing week January Commemoration of Battle of Kororareka 11 March Festival of Battle of Kororareka March Ad Fab Fishing Tournament March Cape Brett Challenge April The Great Russell Trolley Derby May BOI Country Rock Festival May/June Yellowtail Tournament June Matariki June Russell Birdman Festival July BOI Jazz & Blues Festival August Oyster festival September Russell Art & Craft show October Coastal Classic Regatta Labour Weekend, October Russell Annual Flower Show November


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For further information contact: Russell Information Centre, Russell Wharf, Ph 0800 633 255 Russell Business Association, PO Box 68, Russell 0242 Bay of Islands i-Site, Paihia, freephone 0800 363463

Produced by the Russell Business Association Jan 2009

Photographs generously contributed by www.stephenwestern.com (SW) and ARTfocus.net.au (AF)

Russell, Kororareka Official Visitor Guide  

Official tourism visitor guide for Russell, Kororareka, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

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