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Over 200 years of stories to discover…
Two hundred years ago Russell was known only by its Maori name, Kororareka, and described as “the hell hole of the Pacific”, a rough shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders. There’s an excellent museum and Christ Church still sports musket ball holes from the Maori Wars.

Discover Russell’s exciting past by visiting the museum, cafés, restaurants and craft galleries, while appreciating its colonial architecture. A quick ferry ride across the water from Paihia or Opua, this tranquil township is a world-renowned game fishing port, and is a favoured spot for boaties who seek safe anchorage. Photos: Anchorages in the Bay of Islands, Tall Ship in Russell, and the Russell Waterfront.

Tours please call Russell Information Centre on 0800 633 255 or email


Dining options in Russell, please click the links below.