As one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, Russell and the surrounding areas have a rich and colourful history. Captain Cook first visited in 1769, putting the Bay of Islands on the European map. As a harbour, it was described as a most noble anchorage and it was little wonder that whalers and traders regularly stopped at the port of Kororareka for fresh water and supplies. Missionaries (Anglican and Catholic) followed in the 1820's and 30's and much of this history remains today. Further explore Russell's history at the Russell Museum and Pompallier. Further Culture and Heritage Options can be found here.
After discovering the diverse history of Russell you may wish to explore the Bay of Islands area further with a personal guide from Northland Limousines or engage in an authentic cultural experience with local Maori with Taiamai Tours. Visit the world's largest Kauri tree and explore the Waipoua forest with a local maori guide with Footprints Waipoua. The Bay of Islands and Te Rawhiti peninsula provide a wonderful choice of walks and hikes. These walks are accessible by road or foot from Eagles Nest. Information these walks can be found here.
The Bay of Islands region features a number of golf courses offering superb views and world-class courses;
Luxury car hire provided by Smart Cars can be a great option for guests wishing to experience some of New Zealand's best driving roads and scenery. The retreat is located 3.5 hours drive from Auckland.