Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries gives Russell a truly romantic quality. Located on a narrow peninsula it has an island ambience while still being easily accessible to the beauty of the Bay of Islands. 

Russell is one of the most significant places in New Zealands history. At the turn of the 19th century Russell then known as Kororareka was the first permanent European settlement and served as a shore station for whalers, a swashbuckling town full of whalers and sealers with a reputation as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. It was renamed Russell in 1844 in honour of the British Colonial Secretary of the day. With such a lot of history for such a small town there is no shortage of historic sites and buildings to see. 

If history isn’t your thing there is an abundance of other things to do and it all depends on how long you stay and what your interests are. Explore the white sandy beaches or island hop across the 140 islands, fish, kayak, walk, cycle, see kiwi, dolphins and the hole in the rock or just relax with a massage and browse the local arts and crafts. 

Free tour booking and information service at our park reception
We can save time and hassle by organising and booking your Bay of Islands tours and activities for you! Our knowledgeable team can also provide recommendations should you need them.  Complimentary for all Holiday Park guests.