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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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$91
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
4.2
of 5, from 1,130 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia Wharf, and Waitangi Golf Club. Paihia Beach and Haruru Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$111
Hananui Lodge and Apartments

Hananui Lodge and Apartments

4 York Street, Russell
4.7
of 5, from 136 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is steps from Russell Museum, Russell Christ Church, and Russell Beach. Paihia Wharf and Flagstaff Hill are also within 15 minutes.

$104
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

35 The Strand, Russell
4.5
of 5, from 206 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach and Russell Museum. Russell Christ Church and Paihia Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

$127
The Commodores Lodge

The Commodores Lodge

The Strand, Russell
4.2
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach and Russell Museum. Russell Christ Church and Paihia Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

Seaport Village

Seaport Village

10 Chapel Street, Russell
4.4
of 5, from 45 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Russell, this apartment is steps from Russell Beach, Russell Museum, and Russell Christ Church. Paihia Wharf and Flagstaff Hill are also within 15 minutes.

$98
The Duke Motel

The Duke Motel

7 Wellington Street, Russell
4.7
of 5, from 26 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell Christ Church, Russell Beach, and Russell Museum. Flagstaff Hill and Long Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$184
Russell Cottages

Russell Cottages

16 Chapel Street, Russell
4.8
of 5, from 186 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Russell apartment is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach, Russell Museum, and Russell Christ Church. Flagstaff Hill and Paihia Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

The White House

The White House

Church Street,7, RUSSELL
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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