“Kororareka – The Place of the Sweet Penguins – As you stroll round Russell, Bay of Islands today, you're walking back in time.”
Romantic, historical, fun, adventurous - the
perfect place to explore the Bay of Islands!
Along with a rich & colourful history, Russell
Kororareka is today an ideal base for your visit to
Northland, offering something for everyone. Being
right in the heart of the Bay, we have instant access
to the 144 islands. Swim, fish and snorkel our safe
pristine beaches and explore our marine playground.
Wander forest pathways, rich in native birdlife,
taking in the scenic views. Dine in our waterfront
restaurants and soak in the picturesque sunsets.
Come and discover why Russell is where it all began!
The story of Kororareka:
The legend goes that a Maori chief, wounded in battle, asked for penguin broth to be brought to him. After drinking the broth he said 'Ka reka te korora' (how sweet is the penguin). Thus - Kororareka - korora, the blue penguin - reka, sweet. In 1844, Kororareka was renamed Russell. Today Russell is a tranquil seaside village and an exciting discovery for all tourists and visiting yachties. We hope you too will enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Russell - Kororareka and the Bay of Islands during your stay
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