Discover a selection of 293 vacation rentals in Russell, NZ that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $119 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Russell. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Russell is a seaside town with stories to tell

Jutting out into the scenic Bay of Islands, Russell was New Zealand's earliest major European settlement, and retains to this day an enchanting old-world charm. Wandering its quaint street feels like taking an enchanting trip back in time, with the town home to the country's oldest church, its first ever licensed hotel, and many of its most beautifully preserved period homes. Alongside the legendary landmarks you'll find all manner of cozy caf_s, welcoming restaurants, and chic boutiques. Russell vacation rentals range from stylish studio apartments to sprawling family houses, so you're sure to find one to suit your needs.

Things to do

Russell's handsome historical landmarks

You'll find a wealth of attractions within easy reach of your Russell vacation rental. The Pompallier Mission and Printery is top of the list for many culture vultures. Nestled in lush waterfront gardens, it's the country's oldest industrial building, and its original 1840s printing press has been restored to full working order. You can learn more about the town's engrossing history at the Russell Museum, which is home to Maori weapons and tools, whaling artifacts, and 1000s of heritage photos. Christ Church, constructed in 1835, is New Zealand's oldest existing church, and its tranquil churchyard is the resting place of some of the region's most renowned historical figures.


Unforgettable aquatic adventures in Russell

The glimmering waters around Russell offer a spectacular setting for all manner of unforgettable adventures. Jump on a boat and embark on an expedition in search of mesmerizing marine life. If you're lucky, you may catch sight of majestic killer whales, lovable seals, and playful penguins. A number of tour operators offer the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins _ truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to cherish. Adrenalin junkies in search of more extreme thrills are also spoiled for choice in the Russell region _ take your pick from skydiving, bungee jumping, or zip lining, all in breathtaking natural surroundings.


Long, hot summer days in Russell

Russell boasts an enviable sub-tropical climate. During the summer months of December to February, days are long, hot, and sunny, while evenings are often pleasantly breezy. Naturally, Russell vacation rentals are in high demand during this period, so be sure to book well in advance. The spring months of September to November, and the fall months of March to May, are also lovely times to visit. The weather is generally pleasantly warm, and fewer out-of-towners means that you may be able to land a great deal on sought-after accommodation. Even in the depths of winter, temperatures tend to be fresh rather than cold, but be prepared for rain if you're visiting between June and August.

Natural features

Rare birds and blissful beaches near Russell

An expanse of natural wonder awaits within easy reach of Russell. The region is a must-visit for birdwatchers, as it's one of the last places you can see rare Kiwis and North Island Wekas in the wild. On any nature walk, you've also a good chance of catching sight of a weta, New Zealand's famous giant insect. For many, Russell's top selling point is its proximity to an abundance of blissfully unspoiled beaches. You'll find bustling bays with crystal-clear waters perfect for splashing around in, and secluded bays fringed with red-flowered pohutukawa trees.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Russell

Fly into Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands), the closest airport, located 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Russell, NZ?

Our 2022 property listings offer a large selection of 293 vacation rentals around Russell. From 225 house rentals to 26 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Russell?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Russell. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tapeka Point Historic Reserve: 327 vacation rentals
  • Russell Christ Church: 348 vacation rentals
  • Russell Museum: 348 vacation rentals
  • Lookout: 349 vacation rentals
  • Pompalier House: 348 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Russell listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Russell?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 225 Houses in Russell. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Russell include:

  • Cottages: 26 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 57 rentals available
  • Cabins: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Russell?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 41 vacation rentals with pool available in Russell. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.