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Hell Hole of the Pacific, or “Hey Sailor!”

Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island.

Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

When European and American ships began visiting New Zealand in the early 1800s, the indigenous Māori quickly recognized there were great advantages in trading with these strangers.