In July 2011 John and Maggie brought Russell Boat and Beach Hire and continues to expand it from four catamarans and a row boat to the Motorboat, a growing fleet of kayaks, paddleboards and a row boat (with optional outboard) we have today.

Life is now a little different. Welcome to our part magical part of the world Russell in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. This is a very special place to live and visit and this not only measured by the fantastic weather, views and water sports. The people are what makes a place and from them the history comes alive. 

Russell is a place of historical significance to New Zealand. We hope Russell Boat and Beach Hire will continue to be part of this special place we call home.

Welcome. See you soon

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.

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