The place in the Bay of Islands to go on the water and have fun

We hire Kayaks, Catamarans and Paddleboards along with Rowboats (with or without outboards) here in the Bay of Islands

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Walk south from the wharf until you come to our catamarans, kayaks and other fun things to hire. If you’re already in Russell or near by you can telephone us. People have been having fun on the water from this site for over 50 years.
Come and see John’s friendly face on the beach and he’ll get you out enjoying the waters around Russell in whatever craft you choose.

Sail, Kayak, Paddleboard or Row Boat with Outboard

This season we have a couple of 14 foot Hobie Cats and a 12ft Windrush catamarans which make for great sailing regardless of experience level. We’ve added a few Kayaks that increase our numbers to four Singles and three Doubles. 

Paddleboards are still popular and easy to use so ask about our free lesson.

Our Rowboats with outboards (a small range boat) has expanded and we continue to hire Fishing Rods, Mask + Snorkels, Dry Bags and Boogie Boards

Catamarans lessons are offered in the morning and early we can afternoon so please booked head as Russell’s famous NE off-shore wind will have kicked in. This is great for new sailors or a refresher if it’s been a while.

We hire Kayaks, Catamarans and Paddleboards along with Rowboats

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Hobie 14 Catamarans

We have 14ft Hobie Catamarans and a 12ft Windrush which are great sailing at controllable speed. They can get a little exciting at times so get ready to dump the main or round-up. With experience go solo or with a friend and enjoy the thrill of catamaran sailing in the safe waters near Russell.

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Kayak Hire Russell

Our growing collection of Single and Double sit-on Kayaks are great for all levels of experience and are very stable. These kayaks allow you to explore the safe and sheltered bays near Russell. There is so much to see and do so grab a picnic lunch, sandwiches, pies and your drink from the Russell Bakery and your ready for fun.

Paddleboad Hire Russell

Paddleboards are a more chilled and maybe more your thing. They’re fun, safe, easy to use water toys and ideal to use in our sheltered bays and sandy beaches. Try our free lesson and get out with confidence.  They’re available to hire from Russell or Long Beach. 

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Row Boat with Outboard Hire

 A couple of Rowboats with small outboards compliment our water craft selection. These are ideal for a family or small group outing in and around in the bays near to Russell. This hire item includes all the fuel you will use and the usual life jackets and oars.

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Other hire items

Hobie 14 Lessons

Mask and Snorkel

Fishing Rod + tackle box

Boogie Boards

Dry Bags

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Hobie 14 Lesson

Hobie 14 lessons are available in the mornings. It pays to prebook if you can. For a catch up lesson or perhaps a new sailor.

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Mask and Snorkel

Mask and Snorkel sets are ideal for swimming in Russell, Long Beach or Sandy Beach beer in the hill in Tapeka

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Fishing Rod

Fishing Rods and Tackle Box available to hire for Get your dinner from a nearby rock. Hire a row boat.

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Boogie Board

Boogie boards and body surfing. Long Beach, Russell is the place.  So much fun! Pease collect you r boards from Russell

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Hire a Dry Bag for your water adventre
Dry Bag

Hire a Dry Bag and keep  your valuables dry your next water adventure by Hobie, kayak or paddleboard

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The Weather and Sea Conditions are very important

You know that we hire kayaks, catamarans and paddleboards and a few other things. However the weather always plays an important part in water sport activities. Please ask or do you own research on the weather and sea conditions. We only hire Paddleboard from Long Beach due to tides, winds and seas swell making the joinery to the islands not as easy as it looks

Land Weather Forecasting

Tides and Swell

Maine Forecast

We use AccuWeather and their web site to get what we find is a good and fairly accurate local weather forecast for Russell area

We use for detailed local tide information for the  Russell.

Get updates from This marine weather forecast covers the sea area Cape Wiwiki to Bream Head. 

Please Note: This is not accurate on it’s own for southerly wind and weather conditions.

Met Service and Accuweather have apps for Android and Apple devices.

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