This is the place I grew up in. I haven't been back to Paihia for about ten years, so it was great to re-freshen old memories, create new ones, and re-experience the surreal beauty of the far north.
This is the amazing Russell - one of the first towns estabilished by the British who arrived here in the 1800s and New Zealand's first capital. It's like walking back in time with the narrow streets, original buildings and huge old fig trees. Some of our most historic and significant buildings reside here. The short ferry ride over from Paihia treated us to some dolphins too. This place is incredibly idyllic - all I want to do is go back and sit on the beach side cafe tables, eat ice cream burgers (yes! they are made from doughnuts, amazing!) and dreamily stare into the blue blue ocean all day long.