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Russell Cottages
Russell Cottages
9.2 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Russell Show on map

ExcellentBased on 197 reviews
9.2

Situated in Russell, Russell Cottages provides 5-star accommodation, as well as an outdoor pool. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to sightsee in the area.

Anchorage Motel
Anchorage Motel
8.7 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Paihia Show on map

ExcellentBased on 325 reviews
8.7

This cosy motel in Paihia offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as an outdoor pool and a swimming pool. It also provides highchairs, luggage storage and a Jacuzzi.

Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
8.6 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Paihia Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,301 reviews
8.6

Dolphin Motel Paihia provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Paihia. Guests can also enjoy free internet throughout the property.

Ipipiri Lodge
Ipipiri Lodge
9.2 Excellent

8.0 km from city centre, Kerikeri Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1 review
9.2

Ipipiri Lodge is situated on North Island and provides 4-star facilities as well as free Wi-Fi. It also offers laundry facilities, a library and an airport shuttle.

Bay Adventurer
Bay Adventurer
8.0 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Paihia Show on map

ExcellentBased on 722 reviews
8.0

Bay Adventurer Backpackers & Apartments provides a comfortable setting when in Paihia. It also offers outdoor tennis courts, a beauty centre and an outdoor pool.

Edelweiss Motel
Edelweiss Motel
8.8 Excellent

3.7 km from city centre, Opua Show on map

ExcellentBased on 663 reviews
8.8

Situated in Paihia, Edelweiss Motel is a short walk from Paihia Harbour and provides outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool. It is moments from the beach and offers comfortable 4-star accommodation.

Villa Russell
Villa Russell
9.6 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Russell Show on map

ExcellentBased on 70 reviews
9.6

Villa Russell is situated on North Island and provides 4-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. It is also within walking distance of Russell's well-known tourist attractions.

Averill Court Motel
Averill Court Motel
8.8 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Paihia Show on map

ExcellentBased on 923 reviews
8.8

Situated in Paihia, Averill Court Motel provides 4-star accommodation, as well as outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to sightsee in the area.

The Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
The Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
8.8 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Russell Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,083 reviews
8.8

The Duke Of Marlborough is set on North Island and provides 4-star facilities as well as outdoor tennis courts and free Wi-Fi. It is also moments from Russell's well-known tourist spots.

Copthorne Hotel And Resort Bay Of Islands
Copthorne Hotel And Resort Bay Of Islands
7.8 Good

2.4 km from city centre, Waitangi Show on map

GoodBased on 2,239 reviews
7.8

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is situated in Paihia and features complimentary Wi-Fi. In addition to free private parking on site, the hotel provides comfortable 4-star rooms and a bar.

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About Russell

The first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, Russell is a charming coastal town in the Bay of Islands region. It’s home to an excellent cultural heritage museum and a 19th-century French mission and is a short ferry ride from Urupukapuka Island.

Things to do

Discover the town’s long-established history at the Russell Museum, which details the indigenous Maori culture and the impact of European settlers in the region. Get up close to Maori taonga and an original whaling vessel, then stroll through grounds planted with traditional Maori herbs.

Visit the 19th-century Pompallier Mission where church texts were translated from Latin into the local Māori language. The rammed-earth printery stands as New Zealand’s oldest industrial building and is surrounded by magnificent gardens that can be explored on a guided walking tour.

Take in the sweeping Bay of Islands views from atop Flagstaff Hill, which rises to the north of Russell’s town centre. It played a significant role in early relations between the local Māori tribe and British colonial forces, with walking trails leading through its kiwi-inhabited bushland.

Make a day trip to beautiful Urupukapuka Island to snorkel, kayak and paddleboard on one of its many stunning beaches. Visit the Island Conservation Centre at Otehei Bay to learn about the island’s prehistoric and colonial history or participate in a traditional Māori cultural workshop.

Getting around

Russell is around 3.5 hours’ drive from Auckland or 1.5 hours from Whangarei Airport, with the drive including a ferry ride from Opua across the Waikare Inlet. The town of Russell is small enough to explore on foot and ferries access the surrounding islands.

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  • What are the best hotels in Russell?

    1,080 reviews rated The Duke Of Marlborough Hotel with an average score of 8.8/10. It may also be worth looking into the Copthorne Hotel And Resort Bay Of Islands, which received a rating of 7.8/10 from 2,234 reviews. Russell Top 10 Holiday Park could also be a good option, with a score of 8.9/10 from 268 reviews.