Known until the early 1840s as Kororāreka, Russell was the first town and sea port in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands offered a safe anchorage and by the 1830s Russell had become a lawless trading centre where whalers, seafarers and merchants mixed with adventurers, deserters and escaped convicts from Australia.
This intimate one-hour coach tour visits many of Russell’s iconic locations that make it so significant in New Zealand’s early history. See Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls); historic Pompallier House, home to Bishop Pompallier’s Catholic Mission and the oldest industrial building in New Zealand; and even the country's oldest licensed pub! You'll also hear more about the world's second oldest game fishing club – the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, made famous by American author Zane Grey.
Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life, while visting visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot.
Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Oneroa (Long Beach)
Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki)
Engaging driver commentary from a local expert