The property consists of 24ha including an olive grove, vineyard, vegetable garden, hens and donkeys. A pleasant walk through regenerating native bush leads to the vineyard which offers spectacular views of the Bay of Islands, towards Paihia and Waitangi. Native birds are abundant in the surrounding bush including Tui, Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Blue Kingfisher, Weka, Fantails, Pheasants, Quail, Pukeko and on occasions Kiwi can be heard calling at night. The land is protected in perpetuity by a Covenant with the Queen Elizabeth II Trust.
Two electric bikes are available for hire if you wish to see Russell in a leisurely way. A kayak is available for guests to explore the bay, and you may also be lucky enough to see the occasional passing pod of dolphins without leaving the beach. Private Tai-chi lessons and a relaxing massage are available on request (please book on arrival). If fishing is your thing – try your luck off the rocks.
A ten minute stroll takes you to the nearby village of Russell with easy ferry access to Paihia and Waitangi. Russell offers a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants including the well-known Duke of Marlborough Hotel. Learn about the first printing press and admire the showplace gardens at Pompallier Mission, visit the oldest church in New Zealand with its headstones that tell their own stories of times past or visit the Russell museum where the early history of the Village is so well documented. For those who like to walk, several tracks are well marked around Russell.
Frequent ferries take just 15 minutes to cross the Bay to Paihia. You can visit the Waitangi Treaty House where the founding document of modern New Zealand was drafted, negotiated and signed between native Maori and British in 1840. On the 506ha Waitangi estate you can walk through the native bush, take guided tours or plan a game of golf amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Waitangi golf course, with very reasonable green fees. You might prefer to book one of the many daily trips that local companies offer. The choices are plentiful – from fishing, diving and sailing around the many islands of the Bay, to a bus ride or fly/drive of 90 mile beach, Cape Reinga and haunting the Spirits Bay.