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It requires a massive leap of imagination to consider this peaceful, small township, nestled on sparkling shores in the heart of the Bay of Islands, as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific’, a moniker sprung from lawless days as a whaling station.

Russell & The Bay of IslandsThe village of Russell maintains a genteel colonial charm. Set amongst lush subtropical bloom, with a selection of excellent restaurants on the calm waterfront, it is a perfect secluded get-away.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip to Russell by calling one of our New Zealand specialists on 1 800 817 824

Suggested Russell itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Russell, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Russell

    Accommodation choices for Russell

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Russell. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.