“Hell Hole of the Pacific” Not Anymore, Now Russell, New Zealand Is Lovely

After her horrid flight over, it seemed only fitting that I take my niece straight to the Hell Hole of the Pacific. It was easy compared to her prior three days of travel. Just a short car drive and a quick passenger ferry and we were there, in the former heartbeat of the Hell Hole of the Pacific.

Take a look at Russell, New Zealand today:

The Hell Hole of the Pacific . . . Today

View Across the Bay:

Hell Hole of the pacific
Christ Church – New Zealand’s Oldest Church, established 1836:

Hell Hole of the pacific
Duke of Marlborough – New Zealand’s First Licensed hotel, established 1827:

Duke of Marlborough Hotel inRussell New Zealand
Old Whaling Pots:

Russell, New Zealand

Hard to believe that back in the lawless days of the early 1800s the first American and Europeans ships arrived in New Zealand. More specifically they were ocean whaling boats, and when they needed a break, they came ashore to the safe and protected harbor of Russell to rest and trade their firearms, alcohol and more. Reading the history I am not sure that safety or trade were their primary motivation, but rather to partake in this town loaded with liquor, prostitution and limited, if any, laws.

Honestly, it’s difficult to stand in stunning Russell, New Zealand and imagine it was once referred to as the Hell Hole of the Pacific.

A Sewing Machine in a Tree – A Silly Story

And since it is Silly Sunday, I thought I would share silly story told to us by our waiter at the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel. About 170 years ago (he didn’t have an exact date) a fire broke out in the hotel. As the hotel burned, someone tried to save a big heavy sewing machine by throwing it out the window. Unfortunately it landed in the tree outside, which is where it stayed. The tree continued to grow up around it. Now you can only see little bits of the metal.  Being a travel photographer, I had to get a shot of this tree . . . take a close look . . .

Hell Hole of the pacific

What do you think, could you spot the sewing machine, or do you think he made up the entire story?

Submitted for Silly Sunday blog hop

The sewing machine story isn’t the only legend we have encountered in our travels.  Here are few others:

All photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2013

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    • Rhonda Albom says

      LOL – Do you remember about eight years ago when Dad came to visit, and I climbed into the pot – He called it “Sachs stew.”

  1. says

    Great photos, and I’m sure that your niece is having a blast with you as her tour guide! I didn’t see the sewing machine, but love the story behind it.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      LOL – I didn’t see the sewing machine either when I first looked at the tree, but I agree I love the story.

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