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Russell - Hell Hole of the Pacific

It was the last week of September when it was time for me to start my first proper New Zealand Adventure to the North of the North Island. This area is also know as Northland Region and subregion Bay of Islands.

Once I have booked my hop-on-hop-of bus pass with Stray (Patch Pass) and my accommodation with Haka Lodge Paihia, (use this link for a discount on your next booking of any accommodation) I was ready to go.

Our journey started with an early pick up in Auckland and had first stop at Parry Kauri Park.

We have stopped here to observe the Kauri trees which are some of the oldest and largest trees in the world. Those trees are also inspiration behind the movies like Jurassic Park (insects trapped in tree juice) and Avatar (Maori believed that souls of the dead traveled through trees as a cleansing process).

We arrived in Paihia, which is a good base point when staying in the Bay of Islands, in the early afternoon hours.

After booking into a hostel, a group of people from the bus decided to catch a ferry to Russell - the first capital city of New Zealand.

Russell or Kororareka in Maori (which means Sweet Penguin and is rumored to get it's name because the local chief at the time thought penguins tasted deliciously) was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand.

Kororareka developed quickly, but so did it's bad reputation due to no law