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Top Choice Modern NZ in Russell


Serving an imaginative take on Kiwi classics (lamb, venison, seafood), the Gables occupies an 1847 building on the waterfront, built using whale vertebrae for foundations. Ask for a table by the windows for maritime…
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…
Thai in Russell

Tuk Tuk Bangkok

Thai fabrics adorn the tables and Thai favourites fill the menu. In clement weather grab a table out the front and watch Russell’s little world go by. The owner can be a tad gruff, but the food's decent.
Pub in Russell

Duke of Marlborough Tavern

A cool, cosy tavern with pool tables and a local's vibe. Pub quiz on a Tuesday night (from 7pm) is always good fun, and there are well-priced burgers and fish and chips.
Sports in Russell

Tall Ship Race

Held in Russell on the first Saturday after New Year's Day.
Pub Food in Russell


There's no better spot in Russell to while away a few hours, glass in hand, than the Duke's sunny deck. Thankfully the upmarket bistro food matches the views, plus there's an excellent wine list and a great selectio…
Pizza in Russell

Hone's Garden

Head out to Hone's pebbled courtyard for wood-fired pizza (with 11 different varieties), cold craft beer on tap and a thoroughly easygoing Kiwi vibe. An expanded menu now also features tasty wraps and healthy salads…
Cafe in Russell

Newport Chocolates

Delicious artisan chocolates – handmade on-site – with flavours including raspberry, lime and chilli, and, our favourite, caramel and sea salt. Also a top spot for rich hot chocolate and refreshing frappes.