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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Loved the feel of staying in old historic hotel that has a unique story and has stood the test of time. (Very rare in N-Z)
The location service and the food were all fantastic in general a very friendly comfortable stay.
Photos do not do justice - this place is very modern, clean and has everything you need. The spa and the kayaks available for free were a bonus! Shane was a friendly, helpful host. Thanks for a great stay!
Cute, quaint lodge. Had the feel of an island lodge, which it actually is. Be aware that you can to take a 5 minute ferry to get to and from Russell. Ferry price is reasonable. $17 usd round trip. I would say the kitchenette supply did not look clean. I had to buy a sponge (rather than use the used, ...
Great location. Very tidy with plenty of sitting area. Staff very friendly and helpful. Pillows need to be upgraded. One too soft the other too hard.