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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’, The name reflected a legend that a wounded chief asked for penguin and on tasting the broth said " Ka reka to korora." (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.’

But now it is a relaxing place for travellers
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Apr 15 2007 13:20 GMT Pam
I think I know three travellers who had a picnic on that very bench ;o)
Apr 15 2007 14:43 GMT Olympe1961
I really enjoy this lovely scene ! very touching moment : full of emotions !
Apr 15 2007 16:06 GMT iyerhari
Timely shot:)) very beautiful!
Apr 15 2007 16:52 GMT Pasifae
Total relax!!! :))
Apr 16 2007 05:00 GMT fcpos
Really peaceful image..Good work!
Apr 16 2007 11:02 GMT schwc125
fantastic scene!
Apr 19 2007 21:30 GMT gtc126
Fine Shot...looks like it is a great place to rest.....and go to sleep too!!!!!