Things to do on the water

Water Activities in Russell and the Bay of IslandsLet us book your excursions for you when you arrive as we have good local knowledge taking into account the weather at the time of your stay. This service does not cost you anymore, often we can get discounts and many companies offer us a small commission, so just mentioned we recommended them on your booking.


This is the most personal way to see why the Bay of Islands. Most companies only take up to about 10 people Chances are you’ll even have dolphins for company on the way. Lunch is included. We recommend three excellent Russell-based yachts. Just pay them when you get onboard.

Tall ship

The square rigger R Tucker Thompson looks magnificent in full sail and gives you an idea of what it was like on ships like the Bounty or Endeavour and for the early settlers coming to New Zealand. You can help sail her or just sit back and watch the crew do the work. Morning tea and lunch are included.

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If you want to see the bay and the famous Hole in the Rock in one go take one of the cruise boats which offer half and full day cruises through the islands to Cape Brett. On the way look out for dolphins, orca and even occasional whales plus sea birds, not to mention stunning scenery. They give you a commentary on interesting aspects of geography and local history along the way.