On our 4th day, our initial plan was to go diving at the Poor Kight Island. Unfortunately, the night before jet lag did its appearance with mean we didn’t sleep all night. We decided that diving with very little sleep would both be slightly dangerous and that we probably also won’t enjoy our trip so instead, we swap around our day 4 and 5 around. So we called the diving centre, rescheduled our dive for the next day, we got some rest in the morning and in the afternoon we went to visit the town of Russell.
Russell, also known as Kororareka in the early 19th century, was the first permanent European settlement and port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island around 1.5 hours from Whanragei.
There are three ways you can get there. First driving all the way around. Second, drive to Paihia and take a ferry that also loads cars. Our you can drive to Paihia, park your car and take a passage only little ferry across the bay, which is what we did.
We parked our car along the Paihia beach (free parking), we wander a little bit around as the view beautiful. It’s worth mentioning that Paihia is very touristic and there is a multitude of activities end excursion you can do. From walks to whale watching, kayak tours, scenic fly tours, scenic cruises and many more.
So we took the little ferry, the price was around £6 both ways per person and it takes around 15min to do the crossing.
Russell is a very small town, it had around 720 inhabitants and some of the buildings are still surviving from the 19th century.
Once there, we took a small walk to the Flagstaff or Maiki Hill which is an important Bay of Islands historic landmark. We stay there and admired the view and the tranquillity for a little, and then we took your way down to the town again.
We had a nice little coffee and where exhaustion slowly came we took the ferry back to Paihia and back to Whangarei.
This is it for our fourth day, It was a very calm day just to recover from the jet lack and get ready from some adventures.