Explore Group offers unique Bay of Islands experiences. Discover the best of the Bay with us; abundant wildlife and stunning scenery on our Discover the Bay cruise, an up close dolphin encounter on our Swim with the Dolphins cruise, a journey to the Far North and Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach on our Dune Rider Tour or relaxation and recreation at Otehei Bay, on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The place where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. The Treaty Grounds feature the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe.
Jump on a Russell Mini tour bus and go on a tour which visits areas of historic interest which cannot be easily covered on foot … see sights such as the Giant Sundial, Long Beach, Queen’s View, Tapeka Point and the Flagstaff with stunning 360′ vistas … share in the local history through your drivers entertaining and informative commentary.
The Duke Motel
Centrally located in the heart of Russell, it is walking distance to the village where you can enjoy the centre’s shops, cafes, restaurants and it is also only a short stroll to the beach, wharf and boat ramp. The Duke Motel is perfect for couples, groups and families who want to experience all that the Bay of Islands has to offer in a relaxed setting. The Duke motel has a 4 star Qualmark rating.
Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Picturesque, award-winning, Enviro Gold 4 star Holiday Park with affordable accommodation. Abundant birdlife including kiwis and wekas. Spacious powered/unpowered sites. Self-contained bungalows and cabins. Close to Twin Coast Cycle Trail (bikes for hire) and walks. Central base to explore Russell and Bay of Islands.
Kingfisher Yacht Charters
We will take you on a cruise where you will explore the beautiful bays and sights it has to offer. Feel the gentle breeze in your hair and the warm sun on your back and see your cares slip away as our beautiful yacht glides smoothly through the clear, clean waters of the Bay.
Project Island Song
Project Island Song is the restoration of the pest-free islands of Ipipiri (the eastern Bay of Islands), an archipelago of island sanctuaries for all to enjoy. It is a partnership between the Guardians of the Bay of Islands (a local community group), Te Rawhiti hapu (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation.
R. Tucker Thompson
Regardless of age or ability, the R.Tucker Thompson has created memories and friends for thousands of travellers over the years. Throughout the New Zealand summer, she provides the opportunity for visitors to the Bay of Islands to experience a working tall ship with her own unique history.