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Russell Birdman


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Don't miss Russell Birdman, it's always a great family occasion, with fun and laughter for all. The kids and adults all love this event and if the weathers good, you just can't beat the scenery of beautiful Russell. This is as kiwi as it gets - so see you in July at the Russell Birdman Festival! 

It all started with a couple of ideas over a few beers at the Duke of Marlborough by a few Russell locals to create an event to bring people together in the middle of winter. People of all descriptions don their creations each year to run and jump off the end of the Russell wharf.

This year will feature the hilarious Drag Race (for men in frocks), Kids Mini Ironman, Mural Painting, The Great Russell Race, Spaghetti Eating Competition, Dinghy Races, WOK Cook-off, Under 10′s Beach dig, and the famous Birdman Jump.  New this year we have a Kids Fancy Dress Competition, Kids Fishing Competition, Fly My Pretties Bird Hunt, and The Russell Birdman Street Party which will be on Friday night.

What our guests say

"Arguably this is the most convenient motel in Paihia. The shops are within metres and the wharf required for a number important activities in the Bay of Islands is a less than five minute walk. (while..."

Dirk, Feb 2017

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