Our kayaking adventure was a blast. After finding a hostel and changing, we then took the ferry across the bay to the historic town of Russell. Russell was the first capital of New Zealand and is the oldest town in New Zealand. It was also the first permanent European settlement and seaport in New Zealand. Due to the lawlessness it struggled with in the beginning, it was known as “the Hell-hole of the Pacific.” Now, it is a very charming, tranquil town. It has many clean-cut houses with white picket fences. It’s a small town that consists mainly of tourist accommodations and shops.
The oldest church in New Zealand is located there. Christ Church was established in 1836 and has an old cemetery out front.
We walked around the small town but everything was closed since it was a Sunday afternoon. We did see the brick remnants of an old Maori Chief’s house. His name was Tamati Waka Nene (1780-1871).
We came across New Zealand’s first and oldest petrol station, built in 1930.
After strolling around for a bit, we took the ferry back to Paihia.