Russell in the Bay of Islands is known for its history and its beauty and was once known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific.
Today Russell is enjoying a resurgence of interest from those wanting to live on the peninsula and from traditional tourists. Catering for that demand has stepped up in the small township.
Several restaurants have changed owners and menus in recent months and the buildings have all received refurbishment. The famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel on the waterfront has just added ten more accommodation rooms.
Paroa Bay Winery, eight kilometres from the Russell township, is now home to a new Italian restaurant called Sage. What's more, they enticed Kerikeri identify, Cesare Stella, as the authentic Italian head chef.
Sage Restaurant opened on the 28th October. The building, the new road, the landscaping and all the kitchen requirements have been consciously sourced from Northland. It's a boost to the local economy and certainly the small and beautifully-formed Paroa Bay.
Sage is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday and will be open for Christmas Day lunch.
The cellar door is open daily 9am - 5pm. www.paroabay.co.nz