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.

Adult $32

Child $16

Pompallier Mission and French Coffee House

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.

Adult $15

Garden only $7

Accompanied Children Free

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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.


Day pass $50

$25 NZ residents, ID required

Russell Museum

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.

Adult $10

Child $5

Family - $10 per Adult and accompanied children free

 Discover Kerikeri

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.

Adult $64

Child $32

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

Russell Waterfront