Tauranga to Russell
We leave home just before 9am and get into Russell about 3pm after a half hour stop in Whangarei for a late hamburger lunch. Lilly keeps me alert and amused.
We are glad we stopped and asked directions about the coastal route to Russell, because a pleasant young lady advised against it; “it’s a very long and winding road, best way in, is by ferry”.
So at a place called Opua we line up for a short ferry ride across the bay to Russell.
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries settled in 1814.
At Russell Cottage we have one of twenty. It’s a beauty. 4 bedrooms, upstairs is locked off. Very spacious and modern, polished wooden floors, one en-suite downstairs bedroom and one large living area, kitchen, dining, lounge combined. Lilly brought everything but the kitchen sink and wants to take this kitchen home when we leave. We are warm and cozy. Thoroughly deserves its 5 star rating.