Russell has an urban vibe with its mainstreet of cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers. The picturesque main street fronts the beach and the nineteenth century building facades easily transport you back to the early days of European whalers, and opportunists who frequented the area creating the reputation as the ‘black hole of the Pacific’. The sailing ships would have been riding at anchor in the safe harbour.
A short break for lunch (not included in tour programme) and revived we catch the ferry to explore traces of the hell hole of the Pacific. Today Russell is a carefully crafted visitor experience with beautifully restored heritage buildings backdropped by the spectacular Bay of Islands coastline.
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