Culture and History Experiences
Russell Mini Tours
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.
Accompanied Children Free
Waitangi Treaty Grounds – Day Pass and Hāngi & Concert
The Treaty Grounds features award winning Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the Treaty House with it’s new exhibition, the carved Māori Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Experience all Waitangi Treaty Grounds has to offer by day with the Day Pass which includes a Guided Tour and Cultural Performance. Finish off a summers evening with our intimate themed Hāngi & Concert.
26 Dec to 28 Feb: tours depart every 30 minutes, 10am to 4.30pm |1 March to 24 December: every hour on the hour, 10am to 4pm
26 Dec to 28 Feb: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
1 March to 24 December: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Hāngi & Concert
Available from 1 Nov till 30 April
Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun evenings, from 6 – 8.30pm
Hangi & Concert $110
Day pass $40
$20 NZ residents, ID required
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.
Family – $10 per Adult and accompanied children free
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.
Departs Russell 1pm / Paihia 1:15
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.
Open 7 days from 4pm
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.
1 Dec – 30 Mar Tuesday and Thursday 6 – 8:30pm
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