Culture and History Experiences
History / Culture
Departs 10am 11am 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
Your blue and white mini bus departs from Russell wharf on a tour which visits areas of historic interest which cannot be conveniently covered on foot. You will enjoy remarkable views of the Bay of Islands and share in the local history through your drivers informative commentary. This trip is a great way to get a real insight into Russell, the tour caters for individuals, families, school & conference groups can be accommodated. The buses can also be hired for weddings and private functions.
Pompallier Mission – Russell
Tours 10.15| 11| 12 |1|2|3|4* daily (*summer hours only)
Pompallier Mission – a saintly enclave in the most sinful site of the southern seas, where Catholic brothers translated religious texts into Maori, printed them, and bound them into beautiful books. Built in 1842 in a traditional French rammed-earth style (pisé de terre), Pompallier’s printery is unique in Australasia. A working printery and tannery, this place offers an authentic slice of life during one of the most tumultuous times of New Zealand’s history.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds – Combo Pass
Every hour on the hour, 10am to 4pm Cultural Performance: October and November: 11am, 1pm and 3pm December to March: 11am, 2.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm April to September: 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Includes entry to the new Museum, a guided tour of treaty grounds. a cultural performance and the 20 minute Waitangi film. Discover NZ’s Birthplace where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori Chiefs and the British Crown. Join us on a guided tour, walking in the footsteps of our ancestors. Be amazed by the worlds largest war canoe. See the historic Treaty House. Visit the unique carved Maori Meeting House. Experience Maori cultural performance and the excitement of the haka. To round your day off, visit the brand new museum of Waitangi.
If you are interested in early Maori history of the Bay of Islands, the whaling industry that linked traders from New Bedford and throughout the Pacific, early European settlement in New Zealand or the beginnings of the game fishing and tourism industry, then a visit to Russell Museum is a must. You can visit the museum website here.
Visit a place of rich history complimented by lots of character. Know for it’s fresh local produce, Kerikeri is a place to indulge and have fun. Experience some of New Zealand’s earliest european history at historic Kemp house and the Stone Store, and taste quality wines and chocolates at two boutique businesses.
Bay of Islands Swordfish Club
The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, the oldest game fishing club in New Zealand, has two clubs rooms located in Paihia and Russell. Both waterfront properties have outstanding uninterrupted views over the Bay offering full bar and restaurant facilities that are open 7 days a week. Visitors are welcome in the club so come view record game fish, check out the extensive photographic collection and explore the history of the club.
Hāngi & Concert at Waitangi
Your night begins at Whare Waka Café within the Treaty Grounds, a charming setting to mix and mingle with a drink while your host introduces the intimate themed evening. You will then gather around the contemporary hāngi pit (earth oven) to witness the unveiling of the food, giving you a tantalising taste of the dinner to come. During a short bush walk you will experience a traditional Māori challenge (wero) and welcome (powhiri), before arriving at the carved meeting house for your Cultural Performance. Return across the grounds to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of various meats, stuffing, vegetables, breads, salads and steamed pudding. This really is your ultimate immersion in Māori culture.
Pompallier coffee, croissant & culture
The good people at Pompaiiler have designed the perfect afternoon out. Sit in the gardens of Pompallier and enjoy croissant and coffee before taking in the history of the mission, all guided. incl. Coffee, Croissant (with butter & jam of choice) & Guided Tour of Pompallier Mission