Russell, New Zealand

Typical Maori meeting house

Typical Maori meeting house





Maori Pa

Maori Pa

Typical Maori meeting house Elvira Greg Maori Pa

Member since


Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
September 01, 2019 - September 01, 2020 3 weeks

House in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

You can drive from Auckland to Russell in about 3.5 hours or there are flights to Kerikeri airport which is about 3/4hr from Russell.
Russell is in the beautiful Bay of Islands and close to the Waitangi Treaty Ground, the centre of Maori culture, which was also the site where the Maoris and Pakeha (White folks) signed a Treaty to live together in peace.
Russell has a small harbour, a wharf and several beaches.
It can be reached by car but it is quicker to take the small ferry that takes about 25 cars.
The recently opened Twin Coast Cycle Trail. ( from coast to coast across the island travelling along tracks and disused railway corridors.
There is a passenger ferry that operates from Russell wharf, which is walking distance from the house, that will take you to Paihia from which you can travel to the Treaty Gounds and the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. From there you can rent bicycles for doing the Trail.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 15 Exchanges made


  • Retired Engineer
  • Retired artist and potter

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2-3
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6


In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Renting possible


  • Free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television


  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • BBQ


  • No smoking
  • Suitable for disabled people
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Cuba
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Belize
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Australia
  • Slovenia
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Estonia
  • New Zealand

Spoken Languages

  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Kerikeri - 10

Russell is a charming village being one of the earliest settlement in New Zealand.
It has a pub, a number of restaurants and cafes and also a well stocked Mini Supermarket.
There are a number of walking tracks in the area.
It was originally a whaling community and was once called the "Hell Hole" of the Pacific - no imagination required.
It is generally a quiet historical village.


  • Retired Engineer
  • Retired artist and potter


  • No children will be traveling with us.


  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

Greg is a retired Engineer who has travelled to most continents during his career. The last one, prior to his retirement, being a 2 year assignment in Shanghai, China.
Elvira was a potter for 30 years but has retired from that. She now paints and does some sculpture work. She has her own studio.
Both of us have enjoyed house renovation over about the last 40 years and it is still happening in the house we offer for exchange.
We both enjoy travelling and have done 22 exchanges to date, 15 through Intervac and 7 through another house exchange website.


"The Land of the Long White Clouds" as the indigenous Maori call it.
Settled by them as a result of a long canoe journey from Polynesia some centuries ago.
Russell has a relaxed urban environment without crowds.
Coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Russell has a number of beaches close by and also has good bush walking tracks and, about 1 hrs drive away, bicycle tracks, some on old logging and defunct railway trails from coast to coast, see and a review on