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Russell Bay of Islands Travel Planning
Facts about Russell Bay of Islands with location information
Russell is just a quick ferry ride from Paihia and is a charming, elegant township. This tranquil place was once the shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century. Today Russell is still a favoured spot for boaties seeking safe anchorage and calm weather. Historic buildings include the Catholic Mission "Pompallier" and the Christ Church, which still retains the bullet holes from the Maori Wars. Discover the facts about Russell's exciting past by visiting the museum, cafés, restaurants and craft galleries, while appreciating its colonial architecture. You can also walk to the famous flagpole (looking over to Paihia on the beach, turn right (walk along the beach at low tide), and uphill - you'll catch some beautiful views over the bay.