Today’s adventure is in Waitangi, better known as the Bay of Islands. There should be 2,600 islands in the seven-square-mile bay, but I think many are nothing more than large rocks sticking out above the water line. Whatever, our group made an offer to the city and immediately boarded a shallow launch such as a boat to tour water around the bay. We stopped at Russell, which was once the capital of New Zealand.
Back in the day, Russell was known as the South Pacific Drunk Hell Hole. Whalers and explorers stop here to visit brothels and forty-six alcoholic beverage shops lining the beach. When the British arrived, they cleaned up the city and named it the capital but it was immediately moved to Auckland.