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Russell, New Zealand

Russell vacation rentals

Russell is a seaside town with stories to tell

Jutting out into the scenic Bay of Islands, Russell was New Zealand's earliest major European settlement, and retains to this day an enchanting old-world charm. Wandering its quaint street feels like taking an enchanting trip back in time, with the town home to the country's oldest church, its first ever licensed hotel, and many of its most beautifully preserved period homes. Alongside the legendary landmarks you'll find all manner of cozy caf_s, welcoming restaurants, and chic boutiques. Russell vacation rentals range from stylish studio apartments to sprawling family houses, so you're sure to find one to suit your needs.

Unforgettable aquatic adventures in Russell

The glimmering waters around Russell offer a spectacular setting for all manner of unforgettable adventures. Jump on a boat and embark on an expedition in search of mesmerizing marine life. If you're lucky, you may catch sight of majestic killer whales, lovable seals, and playful penguins. A number of tour operators offer the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins _ truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to cherish. Adrenalin junkies in search of more extreme thrills are also spoiled for choice in the Russell region _ take your pick from skydiving, bungee jumping, or zip lining, all in breathtaking natural surroundings.

Russell's handsome historical landmarks

You'll find a wealth of attractions within easy reach of your Russell vacation rental. The Pompallier Mission and Printery is top of the list for many culture vultures. Nestled in lush waterfront gardens, it's the country's oldest industrial building, and its original 1840s printing press has been restored to full working order. You can learn more about the town's engrossing history at the Russell Museum, which is home to Maori weapons and tools, whaling artifacts, and 1000s of heritage photos. Christ Church, constructed in 1835, is New Zealand's oldest existing church, and its tranquil churchyard is the resting place of some of the region's most renowned historical figures.

Long, hot summer days in Russell

Russell boasts an enviable sub-tropical climate. During the summer months of December to February, days are long, hot, and sunny, while evenings are often pleasantly breezy. Naturally, Russell vacation rentals are in high demand during this period, so be sure to book well in advance. The spring months of September to November, and the fall months of March to May, are also lovely times to visit. The weather is generally pleasantly warm, and fewer out-of-towners means that you may be able to land a great deal on sought-after accommodation. Even in the depths of winter, temperatures tend to be fresh rather than cold, but be prepared for rain if you're visiting between June and August.

Rare birds and blissful beaches near Russell

An expanse of natural wonder awaits within easy reach of Russell. The region is a must-visit for birdwatchers, as it's one of the last places you can see rare Kiwis and North Island Wekas in the wild. On any nature walk, you've also a good chance of catching sight of a weta, New Zealand's famous giant insect. For many, Russell's top selling point is its proximity to an abundance of blissfully unspoiled beaches. You'll find bustling bays with crystal-clear waters perfect for splashing around in, and secluded bays fringed with red-flowered pohutukawa trees.