Welcome to Russell Beach Hire

We hire Kayaks, Catamarans and Paddleboards, Rowboats and more...

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. Nowadays we hire Kayaks, Catamarans, Paddleboards, Rowing Boats (with or without outboards).
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.

A little bit more about what we hire

We’d told you we hire Kayaks, Catamarans, Paddleboards along with Rowing Boats in the Bay of Islands. So for a little more detail…

Hobie 14 Catamarans


We have a couple of 14ft Hobie Catamarans and are for 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.
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 and beaches near Russell. There is so much to see and do so grab yourself picnic lunch or some pies and some water or juice from the Russell Bakery and go have fun.


Rowboats with Outboards

Paddleboards are a more chilled and maybe more your thing. We hire paddleboards from Russell Beach or Long Beach. These are fun, safe and easy to to use water toys and ideal to use in our sheltered bays and sandy beaches. Try our free lesson and get out with confidence on a paddleboard soon!

 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. Some of our other hire items include Mask + Snorkel sets, Boogie Boards, Fishing Rods with a tackle box and Dry Bags.

Other Hire Items

No better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water!

Hobie 14 Lesson

Hobie 14 lessons are available in the mornings. It pays to prebook if you can.

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Mask and Snorkel

Mask and Snorkel sets are ideal for swimming in Russell, Long Beach or Tapeka

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Fishing Rod

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

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Boogie Board

Boogie boards and body surfing. Long Beach, Russell is the place.  So much fun!

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Hire a Dry Bag for your water adventre
Dry Bag

Hire a Dry Bag for your next water adventure by Hobie, kayak or paddleboard

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So what about the weather?

We generally get settled warm weather during the spring and warm to very hot in the summer months. We do get rain (you only to have to look at the green hills) and sometimes a little too much wind but that makes for interesting sailing conditions. Our three sandy beaches make for great on water options and allow for a change of beach if the the wind direction’s not favourable.

Russell (Kororakeka) Beach’s summer wind direction generally starts with on-shore South-East winds and changes to off-shore North Easterly in the early afternoon. This makes for great catamaran sailing weather. This is the opposite for Long (Oneroa) Beach where we can hire a paddle board. The ideal weather for kayaking and paddle boarding is early morning when the wind is light so go explore.

If the wind kicks up then Tapeka’s Sandy Beach is sheltered from north and east.

A little more follows here about the importance of the weather and choosing the right weather conditions for your water adventure.

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A little more about the hire of Kayaks, Catamarans, Paddleboards and Rowboats

It can be in the beautiful water and beaches that are the Russell (Kororareka) in the Bay of Islands New Zealand. Our range of water sports hire items include items we hope will suit all tastes, budgets and fun or excitement levels for your holiday in Russell.

  • Have you heard about our long stay hire option? Free delivery to your accommodation for some items hired for longer than one day and generous discounts for long hires periods.

Please check out our Fleet Page for our full range of water sports hire equipment and the hire costs. We hope to see you on the beach in the beautiful Bay of Islands town of Russell which we call home.

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Covid-19 NZ Current Staus

We are closed as Northland is currently on Covid-19 NZ Alert Level 3 and hope to open Tuesday 19th Monday 2021

The next New Zealand Government update is due on the afternoon of Monday 19th October 2021 and our proposed opening date may change

If Northland New Zealand is on Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 then we are open

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