What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!

Whether you want to Runabout Sail Kayak Paddleboard we’ve got that all covered for you with our range of water sports hire equipment.

Get out on the water with our runabout and cruise to an island or two in our part of the Bay of Islands or try your luck fishing, diving or snorkelling

Go sailing on one of our Hobie catamarans. Enjoy with friends or family and can be exciting when the winds up.

Choose from single or double kayaks and enjoy the bay in and around Russell

Our easy to use standup paddleboards come with a FREE lesson.

You’re the skipper on our self drive runabout so take your family and friends sightseeing. Cruise to an island and stop at a beach for picnic and swim. Try your luck catching fish for supper or snorkelling.
With our  knowledge of the Bay of Islands please ask how we can help make you holiday adventure on the water totally awesome.

self drive runabout hire
Our 15ft runabout Awamoa leaving Russell Wharf

If you love to sail try the great experience of a stable and easy to sail 14ft Hobie catamaran.
Even if your haven’t sailed before, or you’re a bit rusty, just add a lesson for $25. Then  you can go out on the water with confidence. Our low cost hire dry bag hire  will keep your mobile phone, camera and other valuables dry.

Hobie16 at the Worlds 2016

Paddling our sit-on kayaks, both double and single, are great fun fishing or just exploring with friends. Try exploring Matauwhi Bay, the oyster farms and mangrove swamps or beaching with your picnic. All of these very close to Russell in clam shelter waters of Kororāreka Bay.

Kayak Hire Bay of Islands

A very popular and easy thing to do. You’ll easily master one of our paddleboards with a quick FREE lesson and off you go.  

Paddleboards near Russell Beach

Drop a line over the side and try catching a few fish for your supper from close to the beach or nearby by rocks.

With an outboard attached you can go after the larger fish!

If you don’t have any fishing gear we can help you there with rental rods and a tackle box for hire.

What about the weather?

We know the weather plays a very important role when on the water and it should always be treated with utmost respect. To help here we find this link provides a fairly accurate Russell weather forecast.  One of the many detailed marine forecast can be found here and is constantly updated.

Self Drive Runabout Hire Weather Map

Russell – Coffee, Shopping and  Food

Some of the wide range of Russell businesses  provide other water based activities and a great range of food. Before your morning or afternoon fishing charter grab a coffee, hot chocolate. An early lunch or dinner from one of the cafes. There’s food for all budgets and tastes and most of it is fresh cooked. For lunch or dinner, whether it’s dine-in or takeaway, you can choose from a wide range in price and variety. The Duke of Marlborough, Mexican, Indian, Thai and pizza.

Russell isn’t just about food and the water! We have a variety of shopping including clothing, art and souvenirs.

On the Strand north side near the the Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Butterfish Cafe and clothing store. We are another 50 metres --->