©

Russell trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Start planning your trip here!

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Russell

4.4
Historic Sites · Scuba & Snorkeling · Churches
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island. As at the 2006 Census it had a resident population of 816, an increase of 12 from 2001. Much of the accommodation in the area consists of holiday homes or tourist accommodation.HistoryWhen European and American ships began visiting New Zealand in the early 1800s, the indigenous Māori quickly recognised there were great advantages in trading with these strangers, whom they called tauiwi. The Bay of Islands offered a safe anchorage and had a large Māori population. To attract ships, Māori began to supply food and timber. What Māori wanted was respect, plus firearms, alcohol, and other goods of European manufacture.Kororāreka developed as a result of this trade but soon earned a very bad reputation, a community without laws and full of prostitution, and became known as the "Hell Hole of the Pacific", despite the translation of its name being "How sweet is the penguin", (korora meaning blue penguin and reka meaning sweet). European law had no influence and Māori law was seldom enforced within the town's area. Fighting on the beach at Kororāreka in March 1830, between northern and southern hapū within the Ngāpuhi iwi, became known as the Girls’ War.On 30 January 1840 at the Christ Church, Governor Hobson read his Proclamations (which were the beginnings of the Treaty of Waitangi) in the presence of a number of settlers and the Maori chief, Moka Te Kainga-mataa. A document confirming what had happened was signed at this time by around forty witnesses; including Moka, the only Maori signatory. The following week, the Treaty proceedings would then move across to the Western side of the bay to Waitangi.
Add Russell and other destinations to your itinerary using our New Zealand day trip app, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Russell

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip

Places to visit with Russell

RotoruaTrip planner BEST FOR: Hot Spring, Zipline, Nightlife TaupoTrip planner BEST FOR: Waterfall, Geologic Formation, Landmark Waitomo CavesTrip planner BEST FOR: Cave, River Rafting / Tubing, Nature / Wildlife Tour AucklandTrip planner BEST FOR: Observation Deck, Volcano, Military Museum Tongariro National ParkTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Ski Area