Things to Do in the Bay of Islands

We are just minutes stroll from sailing, cruising, dolphin watching and swimming, kayaking, hiking and bush walking in the Russell Peninsula Kiwi Conservation Zone.

The bay is every bit as beautiful as they say it is, the colour of the water is often an unbelievable turquoise-blue and it’s well worth taking a trip out there. Equally beautiful are the coastal countryside and forests of the Russell and Rawhiti Peninsulas which you can drive to yourself or, better still, let someone else do the driving while you enjoy the view.

The area is also rich in history and Maori culture both pre-European and colonial; Waitangi is the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi of 1840, regarded as the founding document of modern New Zealand.

The village’s history trails, great little museum, galleries, restaurants and cafes are just along the road. We can advise you on restaurants and make reservations for you.

Useful links to other sites

On the water

Water Activities in Russell and the Bay of Islands

Water activities are what the Bay of Islands is known for! Whether you want to fish, sail, dive, explore or swim with dolphins, a local tour operator has something for you!

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Walks and hikes

Russell Waterfront The Duke of Marlborough

The Bay of Islands has many lovely walking tracks, both gentle and challenging. This overview lists a few of the most popular tracks.

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Sights and Sites

Te Tii Marae Waitangi

The Bay of Islands is the birthplace of our nation of New Zealand. Find out what you can see and where to see it here!

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Scenic drives

Kerikeri Mission Station near

The Bay of Islands region has an abundance of scenic drives through forests, past farmland, beaches and picturesque coastal settlements.

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Carrington Resort golfer credit David Kirkland

The Bay of Islands features some truly world-class golf courses. The closest course by the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is only 30 minutes drive from Arcadia Lodge.

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Russell Waterfront credit David Kirkland

Russell has a few great beaches to choose from and the Bay of Islands has many more if you’d like to go further afield on an adventure!

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new zealand fantail bay of islands

The Russell peninsula has a great variety of rare native New Zealand birds. Here’s a handy guide to some of the species you may spot.

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Recommended Accommodation

Front Room

If you love Arcadia Lodge, use this map to view locations of other Heritage & Character Lodges throughout New Zealand.

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