The historic township of Russell can be accessed by road, but it’s easier to get there by catching a ferry in Paihia. During the time of whalers and traders, Russell was known as ‘the hell hole of the Pacific’; later it became the first capital of New Zealand. Today it’s a holiday town, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. It also has a number of holiday houses, motels, B&B's and holiday parks.
To learn more about Russell’s colourful past, visit Pompallier House and the museum. Christ Church still bears battle scars from the Maori wars. At the wharf you can catch a game fishing boat to hunt for marlin, tuna, broad bill and shark. Nearby Long Beach is a nice place for a swim.
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