Russell, the former capital of New Zealand, is, as I always describe places in New Zealand, spectacular, unique and colourful. You have to come by boat because it's an island. The area's landscape is so beautiful that you have to see it in person, even if the adjectives to describe this country seem repetitive, I promise, they're all true. The people are very hospitable. Since it's remote and not many tourists visit, the locals are delighted with the tourists who have made the effort to visit. If you are also from "overseas" or European, they will treat you like family wherever you go. Once there, you can walk and get lost wherever you want, all the roads will lead you to beautiful places. I went with Henry (Nigeria) and John (South Africa), two great guys, and we met these two charming grannies from Sydney (Australia) on the boat that took us there. I spend the weekend with all these people, and they were unforgettable. What a gang we made, haha! One of the best weekends of my life.
Sailing with Dolphins!! After deciding to spend the night in Russell, why no go for a boat ride? So we chose a tour of all the islands of Island Bay so as not to miss a thing. EXPLORENZ JET was recommended to us as they have marine wildlife and local culture experts. They also assist in the recovery of endangered species. At the moment I think it's the most wonderful thing we've done so far: We sailed with dolphins, YES YES!For 15 minutes they danced in the waves to the rhythm of our boat letting us massage them with the slipstream of the Jet. An amazing dance, you could touch them and swim with them and all this surrounded by spectacular scenery, a painting of mountains, islands, cliffs rocks born in the sea, and of course, the famous "Hole in the Rock" Russell Peninsula. This certainly brings a tear to my eye. Words cannot express what I am witnessing and the worst part is that my camera can not capture such grandeur. During the trip we stopped at Urupukapuka Island and walked up to the top, where the Maoris perform their sacred rituals. Last but not least, on our way back we enjoyed a ride with a Bryde whale and her calf, an unforgettable experience. Tomorrow we will continue pedalling for as long as our legs will allow or simply to another enchanting place.
Russell is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand. It is located in the region of Bay of Islands, north of the northern island. It has some spectacular landscapes and vegetation and its inhabitants are very hospitable and friendly to visitors. It is also amazing to see how well kept all the houses are and how they neither have fences or lock their doors. Its Maori name is Kororareka. It is small and very quiet with less than a thousand inhabitants. There is a cheap ferry service departing from the small harbor taking you to the town of Paihia. This is an absolute must if you visit this area of the country. Russell was one of the first towns colonized by Europeans and was the first capital of New Zealand. Therefore it is a town with much history and even has a small museum. Other activities in this charming village is a small dolphin-spotting cruise.
We finally got to Russell on the ferry and to our surprise it turned out to be the most charming and historical town that we have visited. It is funny and quiet and you can take part in many excursions to visit the bay of Islands, fishing , a trip to Tapeka ... (although there is a frightening 500metre wall). The views from this harbor are magnificent and on a sunny day even more so. Well, I´m sure some other users have been here so I leave it there...