1. On the Water

Sailing, a more personalised way to see the Bay.
Trips with only 8 – 10 people. Highly recommended for quiet, friendly adventure.
Lunch included – all gear supplied. Walks, swimming and snorkel trail.
www.yachtphantom.com or www.sailing-bay-of-islands.co.nz or www.bayofislandssailing.co.nz

Full or half day cruises on modern catamarans “Hole-in-the-Rock” and dolphin viewing and/or swimming
www.explorenz.co.nz or www.fullers-bay-of-islands.co.nz


Have a fun few hours kayaking AMONGST the mangroves along the peaceful waters of the Waitangi River to the waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing  “shower” under the fresh cold waters crashing over the rocks to the sea water below.

This husband and wife team have also introduced PADDLE BOARDING alongside their kayaking venture. This ride involves using your best balancing skills:  either standing on the board, or for those having difficulty staying upright, you can always revert to sitting on the board…!!!


Be brave and give this a go…you will enjoy the fun and friendship…guaranteed!


2. Walks and Hikes / Beaches

Walking2. Walks and Hikes/Beaches

Okiato to Russell Walkway, there are numerous walks from ½ hour to flagstaff hill and over the hill to Tapeka, to Long beach and the new coastal track from Russell to Opua.

If you want a spectacular view of Russell and surrounds why not take a stroll along our brand new elevated walkway from Okiato (near the ferry) to Russell. It’s free and it’s waiting! Just click here to find out all the details.

Matatea.co.nz is an exceptional piece of land located above Long Beach. This walk is highly recommended and takes about two and a half hours.

Nagiotonga Kauri Grove and the old Russell road beaches are ½ hour drive away and WELL worth a visit/picnic.

Longer hikes include:

Opua-Paihia walkway 2-3 hours
Cape Brett walkway 8 hours each way
Waitangi-Haruru Falls 1½ hours each way
Whangamumu whaling station 1½ hours each way
Beaches nearby include Long Beach (Oneroa Bay), Russell, Tapeka and Watering Bay (Waihihi) a short walk to a tiny, sheltered bay accessible on foot from Flagstaff Hill.

The old Russell Road has beautiful beaches often secluded, including Elliots Bay, Oke Bay and numerous others approx.1/2 drive from Russell.

3. Historic Sites

Russell, the first capital of NZ has several historic sites well worth a visit:

Christ Church
Russell Museum
Flagstaff (Te Maiki) Hill
Dept. of Conservation Visitors Centre
In Paihia/Waitangi, visit Waitangi treaty Grounds for a true insight into our early history and the birth of N.Z. as the country we know today.

Further afield:

Mission Station at Waimate North
Stone Store and Kemp House in Kerikeri
Rewas Village and Kororipo Pa
Kawiti Glow Worm caves 1 km south of Kawakawa
Hundertwasser Toilets, in Kawakawa

4. Scenic Drives/Flights

Kerikeri town centre, craft shops, chocolate factory,Living Nature factory shop Hokianga and Waipoua forest, home to the giant Tane Mahuta Kauri tree Cape Reinga, 3 hour drive each way or best seen from the air half-day flight/4 wheel drive tours www.saltair.co.nz

5. Golf

Closest course: www.waitangigolf.co.nz
Also courses close by at Kerikeri www.kerikerigolf.co.nz, and at Kauri Cliffs www.kauricliffs.nzgolf.net

6. Fishing

Numerous inshore and deep-sea fishing charters available www.bay-of-islands.co.nz
Great fishing site: www.fishing.net.nz

Local fishing service provider: www.fish4reel.co.nz

Save time and make your holiday with us more enjoyable: Let us take care of your bookings for any trip/cruise, charter, flight. We issue you with a voucher and you can pay everything in one easy bill. PLEASE ENQUIRE – it pays to book ahead in the busy summer months.

 Accommodation Russell, bed and breakfast