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    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where Māori chiefs first signed their agreement for land sales with the British Crown. The Treaty Grounds feature the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. There are also nice walks around the grounds.

    The Flagstaff is located on the hill behind Russell. It holds much historical importance, as it's the one Hone Heke a local warrior cut down several times in opposition to British rule in the early 1800s. It's a nice walk from the township and also has a graet view over the bay.

    This is New Zealand's highest parasail. You sail 1200ft above the water looking over the bay. You can have up to 3 people sailing at once.

    Dolphin Cruise to Hole In The Rock

    For around $100 you can take a dolphin watching cruise out to the famous hole in the rock at Cape Brett. The boat leaves from the Maritime Building on the Waterfront twice a day. This is a well worth while experience while in the Bay of Islands.

    Fresh produce every Sunday in the car park in the centre of town off Hobson Ave. Seasonal, local produce. Well worth a look!

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    35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant

    35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant is quite different to most restaurants. There is a huge aquarium full of local fish right in the middle of the dining area. The outside seating is a large deck which is over the water. It's open for lunch and tea. Although most of the seating is outside the entire area is non smoking.

    Alfresco's is a delightful wee restaurant right on the waterfront in Paihia. It's open every day even for breakfast. Very friendly staff and good food. It has live music on Sundays.

    The service at The Wharf is flawless. The food is great with a range of yummy smaller options like tapas and skewers. It's one of the eating places right on the water and is best at sunset. It's the first restaurant you see as you come off the ferry from Paihia. Could be my favourite place to eat in Russell.

    The Gables is known to be the best restaurant in Russell. It's in a lovely 1840s building opposite the beach. The food is exceptional and they cater for all eating requirements, gluten free etc. The sunsets are amazing from the window seating. A great find.

    The Duke of Marlborough was New Zealand's first pub. It is right on the water's edge with a great outside seating area. The food is upmarket pub grub and during the Summer season it gets very busy.
    The service is good but as it's a large place it's best if your not in a hurry.

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    Ferry to Russell

    While in Paihia take a passenger ferry to Russell. It's a cheap and fun way to get out on the water in The Bay of Islands without having to pay large tourist prices.

    Getting to Kerikeri by Air

    If flying from Auckland, the flight time is only 45 minutes arriving at the Bay of Islands Airport on the outskirts of Kerikeri. Getting to Kerikeri is a 10 minute drive.

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    First New Zealand Capital

    Russell was New Zealand's first capital. It was also one of the country's first settlements with a mixture of Maori and European inhabitants. It was known for its lawlessness and was referred to by the british missionaries as 'The Hell Hole of the Pacific'.