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Russell Beach
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Russell Beach featuring a bay or harbour, a sandy beach and a coastal town

Wander along the jetty for wonderful views of Kororareka Bay, get out on the water in a boat and enjoy alfresco dining along the beachfront.

Russell Beach is the hub of the town and a popular place to swim, relax and fish. Stroll along the main beach, which is also known as Kororareka, and survey the restaurants, cafés and lodges that line the adjoining walkway.

Amble along the small wooden jetty and stop by the Russell Booking and Information Centre to enquire about various water-based activities. Embark on a big game fishing charter and haul in snapper and other scaly species. Book private boat charters and cruises, an excellent way to observe local marine life, such as dolphins, whales, penguins and seabirds.

Rent a sail catamaran or motorboat to explore the surrounding Bay of Islands. Sailing, fishing and dolphin-viewing excursions are all available here too. For something more active, take a small rowboat into Kororareka Bay or rent a bicycle and pedal along nearby cycling paths. Small shops selling artisan chocolates, handicrafts and souvenirs line the shoreline, making Russell’s main beach great for shopping.

Stay on the beach until evening to watch the sun set from the shore. Some of the nearby restaurants and bars make prime sunset viewing spots. Enjoy the vista while dining on freshly caught seafood accompanied by New Zealand wines.

For a more secluded beach atmosphere, venture over to Long Beach, which is located about 2 kilometres (1 mile) away. This golden stretch features fine sand and calm turquoise water.

From the town’s main beach, many of Russell’s top attractions are less than 5 minutes away on foot, including Christ Church. This church was built by missionaries in the mid-19th century and is one of New Zealand’s oldest surviving and fully operational churches. The historic building has been extensively restored and is now registered with Heritage New Zealand.

Russell Beach is in the heart of Russell in the Bay of Islands, about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Auckland. Stay in historic hotels, lodges and self-catered apartments near Russell Beach or find alternative accommodations in the centre of town.

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439 Cheap Hotels Near Russell Beach

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
4.5 out of 5
35 The Strand, Bay of Islands, Russell
The price is NZ$135 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell Beach, Russell Museum and Russell Christ Church. Tapeka Point and Flagstaff ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (484 reviews)
"nicely refurbished old hotel with a good restaurant in the most amazing spot under some trees right on the waters edge overlooking the bay"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and ...
4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Loved the room, the pool and the spa. Wasn’t offered a drink at dinner, had to ask for it."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
19 The Strand, Russell, Northland
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Situated on the waterfront, this historic apartment building is steps away from Russell Beach, Russell Museum and Russell Christ Church. Pompallier Mission and ...
5/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Very Tasteful Apartment
"Really enjoyed our stay at The Gables. Apartment very comfortable and tastefully furnished. Location on the waterfront makes everything in Russell very accessible. Only small niggle was lack of soundproofing from Restaurant below but not a major problem"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
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The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
4.5 out of 5
35 The Strand, Bay of Islands, Russell
The price is NZ$135 per night from 19 May to 19 May
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
19 The Strand, Russell, Northland
The Gables - Stunning Waterfront Apartment
Seaport Village
Seaport Village
3.5 out of 5
10 Chapel Street, Russell, Far North
Seaport Village
Russell Top 10 Holiday Park
Russell Top 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
1 James Street, Russell, Northland
The price is NZ$103 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Russell Top 10 Holiday Park
The Commodores Lodge
The Commodores Lodge
3 out of 5
The Strand, Russell
The Commodores Lodge
Motel Russell
Motel Russell
3 out of 5
16 Matauwhi Road, Russell
The price is NZ$137 per night from 2 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Motel Russell
Hananui Lodge and Apartments
Hananui Lodge and Apartments
3 out of 5
4 York Street, Russell
Hananui Lodge and Apartments
Central Down-town Apartment With Seaviews From the Balcony
Central Down-town Apartment With Seaviews From the Balcony
15 York Street, Russell, Northland
Central Down-town Apartment With Seaviews From the Balcony
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.