This photograph was taken on my daily walk down the road I live on. It depicts the small town of Russell in the background. The picture was taken from Te Haumi Heights which is between Paihia and Opua in the Bay of Islands.
When Captain Cook arrived in the early 1700’s it was called Kororareka by the Maoris. Cook called it a ’ Noble anchorage.’
In the early days of European settlement ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’ was the name given to Russell as it was a whaling town full of American and European whalers. It was also the first capital of NZ for a short while.
It featured large in the Maori wars of 1845 and was sacked by the local tribe with only a few houses and the church surviving.
Zane Grey, the author made Russell the top spot in the world for deep-sea game fishing and it remains today as one of the best fishing areas around.
Russell and Paihia always feature in the Lonely Planets guide of top ten destinations. When the liner the Queen Elizabeth II was here on a world cruise the passengers voted it as their favourite port of call. Best viewed larger.