In July 2011 John and Maggie brought Russell Boat and Bike Hire, expanded it from 4 catamarans and a row to the ever growing fleet including kayaks, paddleboards and row boats we have today. Life is now a little different…..

John co-owner Russell Boat and Beach Hire
Maggie co-owner Russell Boat and Beach Hire

John is a Kiwi and spent much of his childhood fishing at Castlepoint and in the Marlborough Sounds. After living in Australia then Scotland for 20 years working in IT, he returned home with Maggie in 2009.


Maggie originates from Glasgow, Scotland spending many years living in the Central Belt and teaching both in primary school classrooms and learning support.