Situated in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Russell/Kororareka holds an important place in Aotearoa’s history. It is the country’s first seaport, 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. These buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries give Russell a romantic quality.

Wander around to take in the sites. New Zealand’s first licensed hotel, bar and restaurant, The Duke of Marlborough is located on the waterfront. And many local landmarks played prominent parts in the early history of European engagement with Maori.