1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia

Historic Russell 1-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 170376
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Discover historic Russell on an intimate one-hour guided coach tour. Learn about significant sights like Pompallier House and Christ Church. Take in the epic views as you stand atop Flagstaff Hill and enjoy historical knowledge and local insight alike.
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Duration: 1 hour
Starting times 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
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  • Discover the charm of historic Russell on a guided tour
  • Learn about the local culture and history via lively commentary
  • Visit the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and Oneroa (Long Beach)
  • See the oldest church in New Zealand, Christ Church
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Islands atop Flagstaff Hill
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Known until the early 1840s as Kororāreka, Russell was the first town and seaport in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands offered a safe anchorage and by the 1830s Russell had become a lawless trading center where whalers, seafarers, and merchants mixed with adventurers, deserters, and escaped convicts from Australia. The town was once called the “Hell Hole of the Pacific” but today it is a charming and tranquil spot. On this intimate one-hour coach tour, visit many of Russell’s iconic locations that make it so significant in New Zealand history. 

Climb aboard your deluxe coach and prepare to discover the most significant Russell attractions. See Christ Church, the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls. Visit the historic Pompallier House, home to Bishop Pompallier’s Catholic Mission. You will even get the opportunity to see the country’s oldest pub.

Visit areas which cannot be easily covered on foot, like Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki). On this spot in the 1840s, Māori cut the signal flagstaff down four times in protest against the British government, leading to war. Hear about the battle that ensued as you enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. Led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight is sure to bring the culture and history of the area to life.
  • 1-hour sightseeing tour
  • Transport by mini-bus
  • Local guide
  • Engaging commentary in English
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Ferry tickets from Paihia to Russell (if required)

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Meeting point

End of Russell Wharf, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

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Know before you go
• If you're travelling from Paihia, be sure to catch the passenger ferry across to Russell in time for your tour's departure.
• Tours run daily every hour from 10:00 AM until the last tour at 4:00 PM.
• Bring a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, and your camera.

From US$ 21.18 per person

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Product ID: 170376