Russell, New Zealand

Russell is an historic seaside town located in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of New Zealand’s north island. Russell was the first capital of New Zealand and one of its first European settlements. The town’s history can be traced in its museum, which displays information and artifacts from the first European settlers, whaling and marine history.

Russell has a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes which offer world class cuisine and local wines. Historic buildings to visit include the Catholic Mission "Pompallier" and Christ Church, which still carries the bullet holes from the Maori Wars.

Things to see and do

* Waterfront area
* Pompallier House
* Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park Visitors' Centre
* Town beach or Long Beach (800m from Russell)
* Russell museum

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – NZ Dollar (NZ$)
Language – English & Maori
Population – 1,100 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 64

Port Location – The port is located in the centre of the town of Russell.

Transport Links – The town is linked by ferry to Paihia, Waitangi and Opua (vehicular), and can also be reached by road from Kawakawa and Whakapara.

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