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Russell Beach

Wander along the jetty for wonderful views of Kororareka Bay, get out on the water in a boat and enjoy alfresco dining along the beachfront.

Russell Beach is the hub of the town and a popular place to swim, relax and fish. Stroll along the main beach, which is also known as Kororareka, and survey the restaurants, cafés and lodges that line the adjoining walkway.

Amble along the small wooden jetty and stop by the Russell Booking and Information Centre to enquire about various water-based activities. Embark on a big game fishing charter and haul in snapper and other scaly species. Book private boat charters and cruises, an excellent way to observe local marine life, such as dolphins, whales, penguins and seabirds.

Rent a sail catamaran or motorboat to explore the surrounding Bay of Islands. Sailing, fishing and dolphin-viewing excursions are all available here too. For something more active, take a small rowboat into Kororareka Bay or rent a bicycle and pedal along nearby cycling paths. Small shops selling artisan chocolates, handicrafts and souvenirs line the shoreline, making Russell’s main beach great for shopping.

Stay on the beach until evening to watch the sun set from the shore. Some of the nearby restaurants and bars make prime sunset viewing spots. Enjoy the vista while dining on freshly caught seafood accompanied by New Zealand wines.

For a more secluded beach atmosphere, venture over to Long Beach, which is located about 2 kilometres (1 mile) away. This golden stretch features fine sand and calm turquoise water.

From the town’s main beach, many of Russell’s top attractions are less than 5 minutes away on foot, including Christ Church. This church was built by missionaries in the mid-19th century and is one of New Zealand’s oldest surviving and fully operational churches. The historic building has been extensively restored and is now registered with Heritage New Zealand.

Russell Beach is in the heart of Russell in the Bay of Islands, about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Auckland. Stay in historic hotels, lodges and self-catered apartments near Russell Beach or find alternative accommodations in the centre of town.


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Lodging Near Russell Beach

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The Duke of Marlborough Hotel $88
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

35 The Strand, Bay of Islands, Russell
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 286 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Russell Beach.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands $75
    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

    1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 1,309 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Hananui Lodge and Apartments $80
      Hananui Lodge and Apartments

      Hananui Lodge and Apartments

      4 York Street, Russell
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 197 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the beach, this motel is steps from Russell Museum, Russell Christ Church, and Russell Beach. Flagstaff Hill and Long Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Motel Russell $67
        Motel Russell

        Motel Russell

        16 Matauwhi Road, Russell
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 169 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell Christ Church and Russell Museum. Russell Beach and Flagstaff Hill are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Commodores Lodge $115
          The Commodores Lodge

          The Commodores Lodge

          The Strand, Russell
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 16 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated on the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flagstaff Hill and Long Beach. Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Duke Motel $80
            The Duke Motel

            The Duke Motel

            7 Wellington Street, Russell, Bay of Islands
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 52 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in the historical district, this motel is close to Russell Beach, Russell Christ Church, and Russell Museum. Also nearby are Flagstaff Hill and Long Beach.

              Seaport Village
              Seaport Village

              Seaport Village

              10 Chapel Street, Russell, Far North
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 71 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                With direct access to the beach, this Russell apartment building is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach, Russell Museum, and Russell Christ Church. Long Beach and Flagstaff Hill are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Russell Cottages $150
                Russell Cottages

                Russell Cottages

                16 Chapel Street, Russell
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 209 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Russell apartment building is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach, Russell Museum, and Russell Christ Church. Long Beach and Flagstaff Hill are also within 1 mi (2 km).