Photographer's Note

It's hard to believe that this cute village, full of boutique stores, restaurants, B&B's and holiday homes was once known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific.

When European and American ships began visiting New Zealand in the early 1800s, the indigenous Māori recognized there were advantages in trading with these strangers. Russell, originally named Kororāreka (literally translated as "how sweet is the penguin,") developed as a result of this trade but soon earned a the reputation as a community without laws and full of prostitution. It became known as the "Hell Hole of the Pacific."

We went to all the restaurants, but no one was serving penguin .... sweet or otherwise.

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