Cruises from Russell
Russell - aka Kororareka - is situated in the Bay of Islands, at the far north of the North Island of New Zealand. As a safe anchorage and seaport, it was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand. It is also famous for being responsible for the signing of the historically important Treaty of Waitangi, generally considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, on 6 February 1840. In the early 1800s Maoris and European ship traded there, and Kororareka served as a vital resupply port for whaling and sealing operations.