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Russell, Bay of Islands

The town of Russell sits near the end of the peninsula, with stunning blue water and beaches on the ocean side and a labyrinth of bays on the inner waterway.
Russell is a charming seaside town offering a relaxed and friendly welcome.

Many visitors fall under the impression Russell is an island, given the preferred points of access are the car and passenger ferries. There is road access but the car ferry from Opua offers a more direct route.

Russell peninsula packs a historical punch, home to the first capital of New Zealand, the oldest existing church, first licensed hotel The Duke of Marlborough and a swag of other historical sites. In whaling days, the onshore antics earned Russell quite a lurid reputation. Nowadays Russell is a holiday hot spot, winning hearts of tourists from around the world.
It is not only the stunning land and seascapes which make Russell so appealing. In these modern times many people are drawn to the village atmosphere and sense of community in this close knit town.

As a result the population is diverse and so is the housing. There are those who reside year-round and holiday home owners who come from all around the country and overseas. Russell is popular with a transient set who divide their time between the northern and southern hemispheres. As you can imagine, the housing reflects that eclectic mix of people with varying needs, tastes and budgets.

The Russell peninsula is home to some of the most luxurious property in New Zealand – contemporary waterfront and lifestyle estates that are world-class in design. There also remain many traditional bach-style holiday homes, modest modern homes and beautiful colonial-style properties in the historical precinct.

A taste of Russell’s attractions:
A great selection of accommodation – particularly waterfront and luxurious lodges, restaurants, cafes, coastal walks including the Russell to Okiato Walkway, Flagstaff, Pompallier House, Russell Museum, churches, sailing trips, fishing, beaches, cinema, art galleries and boutiques, natural beauty, relaxed atmosphere, friendly people.  

Luxury Real Estate New Zealand personalise property tours throughout the Bay of Islands. I enjoy sharing my experience and local knowledge of this special part of the country with visitors from around the world.

If you would like further information on visiting or living in Russell, please feel free to contact me – Charlie Brendon-Cook