Bay of Island & beyond...
Russell has a picturesque village atmosphere and is rich in history; it’s like stepping back into a more tranquil, less-traffic laden time.
Many original buildings still stand from the days of whalers and missionaries (the latter trying to keep the former in check!) in the early 1800s. It’s a small town, accessible either by foot ferry from Paihia, by car ferry from Opua or you can always take the back road for the scenic route to this historic spot (while it looks like one of the smaller islands, in fact it’s firmly attached to the bigger North Island!).