Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island. Population 816. Much of the accommodation in the area consists of holiday homes or is for tourist use.
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Russell is a bastion of cafés, gift shops and B&Bs. Pompallier Mission, the historic printery / tannery / storehouse of the early missionaries, can also boast to be the oldest surviving industrial building in New Zealand, while the town also holds Christ Church, the country's oldest surviving church. The surrounding area also contains many expensive holiday homes, as well as New Zealand's most expensive rental accommodation.
The car ferry across the Bay of Islands, the main tourist access to Russell, runs between Okiato and Opua.