Russell, New Zealand

An established Māori settlement long before Captain Cook arrived in 1769, Russell was New Zealand’s first seaport, its first European settlement and New Zealand’s first capital was in nearby Okiato. Russell was once known as ‘The hellhole of the Pacific’ because it was a shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century and the town’s streets retain their original layout and names from 1843. New Zealand’s first licensed hotel, bar and restaurant, The Duke of Marlborough is located on the waterfront.

Today the atmosphere is much more savoury – Russell has plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to suit the whole family and there are loads of loads of activities in Russell and the Bay of Islands to keep everybody happy.

A perfect base for exploring the Bay of Islands 

Russell Cottages are located in the heart of this truly charming town. If you’re looking for self-contained accommodation in Russell, you’ve come to the right place. Your fully equipped, stand-alone cottage is a real home away from home and a great place to relax and unwind after a wonderful day out and about: the perfect base for your Bay of Islands trip.

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3- or 4-bedroom accommodation in Russell

Choose either a 3- or 4-bedroom cottage. Each of the Russell Cottages has a fully equipped kitchen – ideal for self-catering – laundry, a private balcony, separate lounge and dining area, Sky TV and access to Netflix (using your own login and password details), mini stereo system, wifi in all public areas and secure parking for two cars. All Russell Cottages are designed with flexible bedding configuration in mind. 

Quality bed linens and towels are supplied in each of the cottages. For your convenience, you’ll also find tea, coffee, sugar, oil, salt, pepper and all the necessary cleaning items and basic household items such as starter toilet rolls (3 per bathroom), washing up liquid and washing powder.

Great Facilities

Resort-style holidaying could not get much better, with shared recreation facilities available. Take a plunge in the heated in-ground swimming or spa pool, cook up a storm on the BBQ, enjoy the games room with TV, table tennis, pool table, with toilets and communal kitchen, hang out in picnic area and around the gas log open fireplace and let the kids make the most of the playground.

Beachfront accommodation

Our 7 stand-alone, fully self-contained holiday cottages provide the perfect setting for all types of occasions: family holidays, romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, adventure getaways with friends or business conferences with a difference. Staying in a private holiday home gives you privacy, flexibility and more space in which to relax and enjoy your holiday in your own timeframe. 

Located at 16 Chapel Street, our self-contained cottages are independently managed cottages located within the Russell Cottages complex. Set in sub-tropical grounds amongst a total of 17 cottages, they are just a hop, skip and a jump from Russell Beach and the wharf for ferry services to Paihia. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options, including the popular Duke of Marlborough and Hone’s Garden. Flagstaff Hill, offering breath-taking views of the Bay of Islands is just 800m away and it is less than five minutes’ walk to Russell Museum and Christ Church and Tapeka Point Beach is just 1.7 km wander away.


Russell Cottages address:

16 Chapel Street, Russell 0202


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