Known until the early 1840s as Kororāreka, Russell was the first town and sea port in New Zealand. Once a lawless trading centre where whalers, and seafarers mixed with deserters and escaped convicts, today the town once called the “Hell Hole of the Pacific” is a charming and tranquil spot.
This intimate one-hour coach tour visits many of Russell’s iconic locations. See New Zealand's oldest church, historical Pompallier House, and even the country's oldest licensed pub! You'll also learn about Russell's global popularity as a game-fishing hot spot. Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life.