Museum in Russell

Russell Museum

This small, modern 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.
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. A staggering 40,000 books were printed here in Māori. In the …
Museum in Russell


Run by the local marae society, Haratu has Māori art and craft, mostly available for purchase. There are also audiovisual displays and information boards. Check the website to download an app (US$4.99) providing a o…
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 stunning sea views, shared platters ($40) are available.…
Historic Site in Russell

Ruapekapeka Pa Historic Reserve

It’s worth stopping at the Ruapekapeka Pa Historic Reserve, off SH1 south of Kawakawa, to see how impressive the fortifications were. Here you can wander the site of the last battle of the Northland War, brought to …
Hill in Russell


Overlooking Russell, this is the hill where Hone 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…
Church in Russell

Christ Church

English naturalist Charles Darwin made a donation towards the cost of building the country’s oldest church (1836). The graveyard's biggest memorial commemorates Tamati Waka Nene, a powerful Ngāpuhi chief from the Ho…
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 pa once stood at the top of the hill. Follow the pathway for views stretching to the far…