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Best things to do in Russell

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bar
“Go at sunset and grab a table along the strand. Reservations recommended. Very romantic!”
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Establishment
“History, tours of the house, good coffee and pastries, lovely garden to sit in with views of the bay. Lovely interesting gift shop.”
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Restaurant
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“Lovely sunset dining. A bit more exclusive and limited seating so call for reservations!”
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Museum
“Learn the history: It was the first capital of Aotearoa ( New Zealand) Land of the Long White Cloud. The capitals true name is Kororareka ( Meaning Sweet Penguin) English name Russell. The locals still know Russell as Kororareka. Learn about how the colonials, whalers intermingled with the Maori how they traded how the missionaries came in to the Maori environment and transformed there ways. Lots and lots more never neverless interesting ”
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Hotel
“Used to be part of the famous Duke but now under new ownership with a great Publican called Jake. friendly atmosphere, often has live music, sports to watch and a nice place for a pint of lager.”
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Island
“Nice trip across to an island, great walking track and swimming beaches and extraordinary views”
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Travel Agency
“You can book cruises around the islands etc or a trip to Cape Reinga. Also see my other recommendation and see Collete at The Russell Information Centre ”
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Park
“Superb views and historic flag pole that dates back to disputes between the native Maoris and early British settlers”
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Winery
“There are many quality local vineyards to try - my pick would be Omata Estate in Russell, for the good quality and value food, delicious wine and fabulous vistas.”
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Establishment
“Good service, friendly staff. Gets very busy during peak season. Allow plenty of time.”
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Establishment
“Awesome pizza and fish tacos. Gorgeous garden setting with living succulent walls and palms. Feels like the "Forge in the Forest". Our favourite for a casual meal with good wine and beer choices.”
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Cafe
“Casual dining along the Strand - very good coffee! We occasionally paddle over for a hearty breakfast....”
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Island
“Take a ferry from Paihia and enjoy this beautiful and historic little town.”
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Church
“The oldest practising church in New Zealand. There are still the bullets holes in the walls from the Pakeha and Maori wars of yesteryears.”
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Route
“This is a great beach for the family. You can park your car and sit in front of it playing cricket. Warm water and they have an ice-cream cart in summer.”
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Natural Feature
“The list of movies playing and times is normally on the noticeboard on the side of Four Square by the Russell wharf. It's a little bit quirky and the movies are not always up to date but a nice way to end the day. Ask about local restaurant deals too if you are goingl.”
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