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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 13:27 GMT Pam
The trees here are just amazing!
Apr 15 2007 16:07 GMT iyerhari
Wow!!!!!!!!!! you hv spend wonderful time!!!
Apr 15 2007 16:29 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you iyerhari, it is a peaceful place here.
Apr 15 2007 17:32 GMT dreamowl
beautiful photo..my sister leave to Nuova Zelanda next summer....
Apr 15 2007 19:07 GMT Midworlder PRO
I hope she has a nice time here, a holiday or to live here ?
Apr 16 2007 02:55 GMT Poulet PRO
Wonderful shot, Roger !!
Just love it. :))
Apr 16 2007 11:03 GMT schwc125
fantastic trees!
Apr 16 2007 18:59 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Poulet
Apr 16 2007 19:01 GMT Midworlder PRO
thanks Carolin, Pohutukawa (a type of wattle i think). I had some photos around christmas of them in flower ( crimson/red) it's stunning on the waterfront at that time.
Apr 17 2007 05:04 GMT Littlewing