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Discover Russell

Help code: B92-12A9

  • Visit the iconic Flagstaff Hill
  • Explore Christs Church and Pompallier Mission House
  • 1 Hour guided tour
  • Learn of the rich culture and heritage of Russell
  • Oneroa (Long Beach)
  • Duke of Marlborough
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This 1 hour Discover Russell Tour is for all the history lovers out there, as this town carries a rich heritage and great cultural significance in New Zealand. As the Bay of Islands’ sheltered waters offered safe anchorage, it became an attractive to many. Russell, the first permanent European settlement and seaport in the country, became a lawless trading hub in the 1830s; Russell, or the “Hell Hole of the Pacific,” was not only frequented by whalers, seafarers and merchants, but also by adventurers, deserters and escaped convicts from Australia. But Russell has come a long way since then. It is not a quaint and peaceful township, which now focuses on bringing some of New Zealand’s early history to light.

On this tour, you learn of this history as you visit several of Russell’s historical sites. Visit the iconic Flagstaff Hill, where Maori protested against the government by cutting down its signal flagstaff four times—actions that led to war. You also explore some of the area’s historical buildings, including one of New Zealand’s oldest church locations, Christs Church and Pompallier Mission House; this is where Bishop Jean Baptiste François Pompallier established the headquarters of what was known as the Catholic mission to Western Oceania at Kororāreka in 1839. Choose the tour time that fits with your holiday schedule and get your hour’s dose of history!


  • Please note this tour is no longer operating and will be removed from the website shortly


  • 1 Hour coach tour
  • A full commentary


  • Hotel transfers
  • Transfers from Paihia


  • Visit the iconic Flagstaff Hill
  • Explore Christs Church and Pompallier Mission House
  • 1 Hour guided tour
  • Learn of the rich culture and heritage of Russell
  • Oneroa (Long Beach)
  • Duke of Marlborough

Departure Location

  • The Russell mini-tours run every hour from 10am to 4pm
  • Please meet at the end of the wharf in Russell. If you're traveling from Paihia, catch the Bay Belle ferry across to Russell in time for your tour's departures

What To Bring

  • Please bring a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and camera.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
On this tour, explore New Zealand's early history by visiting the iconic historical sites in Russell, such as Flagstaff HIll and Pompallier Mission House!
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300935532 enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: B92-12A9
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