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Bay of Islands - Russell - New Zealand's first European Settlement

Quaint colonial buildings and pohutukawa trees line the beachfront from which you can gaze at the yachts gently rocking on their moorings.

The town promotes itself as peaceful and ‘romantic’ in contrast to the commercial bustle of Paihia across the bay. That this quiet village atmosphere remains is quite remarkable given Russell’s turbulent history and its unique heritage as the country‘s oldest European settlement.

Originally a fortified Maori village known as Kororareka, meaning ‘how sweet is the penguin’, it became a haven for ship deserters and ruffians in the early whaling days, earning the title of ‘Hellhole of the Pacific.’
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Apr 13 2007 19:21 GMT hamrahi
Very beautiful photo...............................
Apr 13 2007 19:50 GMT beus PRO
Great photo and thanks the info!
Apr 13 2007 20:46 GMT brunopapeete
Nice picture, it remains me a XIX th C. painting in the Art Gallery in AUCKLAND about that place...Hope the pictutre is old because the waether seems to be very cold...and as I come next friday to NZ, I'll freeze to death....
Apr 13 2007 21:10 GMT irashid
Lovely place........Nice shot
Apr 13 2007 21:12 GMT PhotoPro PRO
what a wonderful place!
Apr 13 2007 21:53 GMT Pietje
Great shot.......
Apr 13 2007 22:22 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Bruno, we have been spoilt with the weather since summer finished .. but just got a cold southerly change yesterday .. not sure how long it will last.
Although it was overcast it was in the mid 20 degrees celcius that weekend March 31st
Apr 14 2007 01:01 GMT Poulet PRO
Beautiful and informative shot, Roger !
Love the Maori word,....Kororareka. :))
Apr 14 2007 06:30 GMT voodoo23
interesting prespective.......

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