As one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, Russell and the surrounding areas have a rich and colourful history.
Captain Cook first visited in 1769, putting the Bay of Islands on the European map. As a harbour, it was described as a most noble anchorage and it was little wonder that whalers and traders regularly stopped at the port of Kororareka for fresh water and supplies. Missionaries (Anglican and Catholic) followed in the 1820’s and 30’s and much of this history remains today. Further explore Russell’s history at the Russell Museum and Pompallier House. Further Culture and Heritage Options can be found here.
After discovering the diverse history of Russell you may wish to explore the Bay of Islands area further with a personal guide from Black Robin Transport or engage in an authentic cultural experience with local Maori with Taiamai Tours. Visit the world’s largest Kauri tree and explore the Waipoua forest with a local maori guide with Footprints Waipoua. The Bay of Islands and Te Rawhiti peninsula provide a wonderful choice of walks and hikes. These walks are accessible by road or foot from Eagles Nest.
The Bay of Islands region features a number of golf courses offering superb views and world-class courses;
For those who wish to explore the Northland and Bay of Islands areas more seriously, we suggest the services of the team at toptrail.
All year round in Northland brings warm days and blue skies. Ideal for some great riding. Spring through Summer and Autumn are stunning times of year and perfect for cycling adventures. Clear bright days and moderate to warm temperatures make for an enjoyable bike tour. Contact the team at Top Bike directly [email protected] to find out more. Phone +64 274 535 176 or contact the Eagles Nest team who will be happy to assist.
Alternatively, Eagles Nest provides quality mountain bikes free of charge from the onsite concierge office. Please note these are subject to availability.
Eagles Nest horse riding experiences are provided by Horse Trekin Paihia.
Novice riders will be briefed and schooled on riding techniques before embarking on a quiet leisurely horse ride through the forest enjoying beautiful scenery, forestry ocean views and perhaps a splash into the sea at Wairoa Bay.
For the more experienced Horse Trekin offer the opportunity to explore ridges and views over the Bay of Islands and surrounding areas. You may embark on a ride to the volcano, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the Pacific ocean, the islands and the pine forest.
Custom tailored rides available including swimming with your horse and treks up to ridge line of the local volcano to take in the spectacular views. Rides available from 2 hours – full day options.
Luxury car hire provided by Smart Cars can be a great option for guests wishing to experience some of New Zealand’s best driving roads and scenery. The retreat is located 3.5 hours drive from Auckland.