The charming, seaside village of Russell is just a quick ferry ride across the water from Paihia. The town is rich in history with many attractions and activities for tourists.
Russell is historically significant being the first European settlement in New Zealand. This peaceful town was once known as "the hell hole of the Pacific" when it was the shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century and there are many historic buildings to visit.
Russell is primarily now a tourist destination with boating, fishing, restaurants, wineries, local art and many attractions all encompassed in a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. Passenger ferries operate continuously to the tourist town of Paihia.