Historic Building in Russell

Pompallier Mission

Built in 1842 to house the Catholic mission’s printing press, this rammed-earth building is the mission's last remaining building in the western Pacific, and NZ's oldest factory. Over its seven years of operation, a…
Church in Russell

Christ Church

English naturalist Charles Darwin made a donation towards the cost of building this, the country’s oldest surviving church (1836). The graveyard's biggest memorial commemorates Tamati Waka Nene, a powerful Ngāpuhi c…
Hill in Russell


Overlooking Russell, this is the hill where Hōne Heke chopped down the flagpole four times. You can drive up, but the view justifies a climb. Take the track west from the boat ramp along the beach at low tide, or he…
Winery in Russell

Omata Estate

With a growing reputation for red wines – especially its old-growth syrah – Omata Estate is one of Northland's finest wineries. To complement the tastings and sea views, shared platters ($40) are available. The wine…
Beach in Russell

Long Beach

About 1.5km behind Russell (an easy walk or cycle) is this placid, child-friendly beach. Turn left (facing the sea) to visit Donkey Bay, a small cove that is an unofficial nudist beach.
Viewpoint in Russell

Tapeka Point

North of Russell, on the other side of Maiki hill, Tapeka Rd heads down to a sandy beach in the shadow of a craggy headland. A pā once stood at the top of the hill. Follow the pathway for views stretching to the far…
Museum in Russell

Russell Museum

This small museum has a well-presented Māori section, a large 1:5 scale model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, and a 10-minute video on the town’s history.