NZ road trip – Day 3 – Paihia – Ngunguru

Today’s aim was to spend the day on Russell Island and stay overnight at Venables Place in Ngunguru. After checking out of the hostel we moved the car and set about on the ferry to Russell Island which took 15mins. The day was cloudy but there was clear skies above the island. 

Russell Island used to be the capital of New Zealand in 1840 and houses the oldest church in New Zealand as well as the oldest tavern on the land. We visited both of these as well as the museum there to learn more about the history. A very small town exists but we found a chippy to crack on with some fish and chips. 

Before the activities in town we made the small climb to the look out point which over looked the bay and some of the islands. The view was great and you can see Paihia in the distance. After a cheeky coffee by the ferry point we headed back to mainland to make our journey south which took one hour.

After successfully navigating our way to Ngunguru we checked in with our host who was an elderly gentleman. He was very keen to make sure we were looked after. The next trip would be a long one of nearly 400km to Cathedral Cove.

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