Russell This charming town makes a beautiful base for exploring the Bay of Islands. Russell holds an important place in New Zealand's history, being the country's first sea port, its first European settlement and New Zealand's first capital in nearby Okiato. The town's streets retain their original layout and names from 1843, and many of its historic buildings can still be visited today.

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Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries give Russell a truly romantic quality.

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