New Zealand is much more than just the North Island and the South Island. The South Pacific country has a myriad of other smaller islands that are just waiting for travelers on a Cruise Pro Cruise to explore. Some of the most beloved of these smaller islands are in the Bay of Islands. An idyllically scenic collection of 144 islands located on the north-eastern coast of the North Island.
The Bay of Islands is known for its water recreation, particularly fishing, sailing, and scuba diving. American author Zane Grey first wrote about big-game fishing in the Bay of Islands in 1930. It has been a tourist destination for fishing ever since.
Russell Island is situated just off the coast of Brisbane, Queensland Australia. It was first settled in 1866 and become a major supplier of fruit and vegetables to the Brisbane market. It supplied Australia with oysters from the many oyster farms throughout the area. Tranquillity is the key to living on Russell. It has a quiet easy living lifestyle, great fishing within the sheltered waters of the marine park, and mud crabbing at the bottom of your front yard. The birdlife is unbelievable and is one of 125 recognized sanctuaries for birdlife in the world.