First Contact Tour

First Contact Tour

3 hours | Bay of Islands | B I 1 - 2 2 5
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$ 109.95
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Points of Interest

  • Russell
Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

About 70 years after Captain Cook sailed into Poverty Bay, Russell became the first permanent British settlement and New Zealand's first capital. Quaint and historic, it's just a boat ride away tucked on a narrow peninsula. You'll board a bus upon arrival and the driver/guide will regale you with tales of this seaside village and point out areas of interest. Following the tour, you'll stop for a snack at Russell's Swordfish Club, the second oldest game fishing club in the world. Refreshed, you'll continue with a guided tour along The Strand, Russell's famed waterfront street to a significant Maori Reserve, followed by Kororareka Marae, and Christ Church, New Zealand's oldest, and ending with a tour of the Russell Museum. Afterwards, there will be free time to wander through the town and browse the local shops. Then, you'll travel by boat across the bay ferry back to Paihia.

Special Notes:

Not suitable for passenger with limited mobility.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Bus tour of the Kororareka Peninsula

Transport type: Motorcoach
Travel time: 00:55

Light snack at Bay of Islands Swordfish Club

Time at site: 00:30

Visit to Marae Reserve, Church and Museum

Time at site: 01:00

Ferry ride back to Paihia.

Travel time: 00:35