Russell: Russell Mini Tour
- 1 Hour
- 1 Hour
- On request
This one-hour tour by coach visits areas that cannot be easily covered on foot. You'll see 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands from Flagstaff Hill and learn about the major historical sights of Russell, including Pompallier Mission House and Christ's Church. You'll share a personal insight into New Zealand's earliest European history on this tour.
Experience New Zealand's past and present on a mini-tour of Russell. Known until the early 1840s as Kororareka, Russell was the first permanent European settlement and sea port 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.
Today the town once called the "Hell Hole of the Pacific" is a charming and tranquil spot. 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.
The Russell mini-tour visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot, like Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki). On this spot in the 1840s, Maori 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 stunning 360-degree views of the whole Bay of Islands.
Duration: 1 Hour
Departs: 10 a.m. - Returns: 11 a.m.
Departs: 11 a.m. - Returns: noon
Departs: 1 p.m. - Returns: 2 p.m.
Departs: 2 p.m. - Returns: 3 p.m.
Departs: 3 p.m. - Returns: 4 p.m.