Russell Overview

  • Port

    Russell (Bay of Islands), New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    12, 60

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting at


  • Minimum Age

    Information is not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 1 Hour

  • Meals Included


Step back in history and visit the charming, elegant township of Russell—the birthplace of European (Caucasian) civilization in New Zealand. At the turn of the 19th century, Russell was the shore-leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders. It’s hard to believe, but this sleepy little town was once called ‘the Hellhole of the Pacific’. Relax for a drive through the quaint and charming village, passing Christ Church built in 1836 and Pompallier House built in 1841. As you skirt the shoreline, you’ll pass the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and, from Flagstaff Hill, take in the panoramic views across the Bay of Islands. Relax on a panoramic drive around the bays before returning to Russell pier.

Please note: Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.