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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 14 2007 01:12 GMT Poulet PRO
I really enjoy following your trip, Roger !
Apr 14 2007 05:56 GMT Urselle
have a great weekend my friend :) sleeping time now... :)
Apr 14 2007 07:11 GMT genese
love the name.... but im guessing they dont mean the penguins cute lol
do you work? or just travel? lucky man
just invested in the canon 5D hehe so watch this space... i can see traveling on the books
Apr 14 2007 07:24 GMT Midworlder PRO
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.).

glad to see you are settled here again, although I know it is only one of your ports of call.

Looking forward to your photos ... the models don't mean much to me but I googled this one and it looks a real "flash harry" and portable
Apr 14 2007 09:11 GMT iyerhari
A wonderful time you had..:))
Apr 14 2007 16:33 GMT genese
its a flashyish camera lol...im working most weekends at the moment doing the gigs etc... and im pretty shattered after, three days of editing and digital art followed by other business ventures lol... im managing my time a little better now, so i can pop in a bit more often yeyyy
still love the name how cool is that