The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell/Kororareka, from a small Maori fishing village, to a port of call for visiting ships and whalers to today’s tourist town.
The collection features Maori taonga, a small waka (canoe), a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, an original whaleboat and mementos of game fisherman, Zane Grey plus much more.
Enjoy watching the DVD of historic Russell and see the exhibitions.
Stroll through the Museum grounds and discover the Maori herbal plants in the garden.
The Museum shop features a wide range of special gifts, souvenirs and historic books.
Open every day (except Christmas Day).
Local Art, Craft, Jewellery, Wearable Art
Visit us in historic Russell (Kororareka), centre of the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
South Sea Art in central Russell stocks NZ artists, both local and further afield. A delightful gallery, run by a passionate curator – who can offer framing and shipping services as well as fine prints, oils and sculptures. A must see in Russell.
Open: 10 am to 5:30 pm daily during the summer.
Where: 15 York Street, Russell, Bay of Islands.
Look for our handsome refurbished old building in the main street of Russell.
Russell Post Centre, stationery, newsagents, books, second hand books, magazines, cards, postcards, calendars, children’s books, Maori books, New Zealand books, toys, souvenirs, office supplies, printer cartridges. Mail centre includes courier service and stamps.
Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am – 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5pm
Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30am – 2pm
Sunday 8:30am – 2pm (Summer Only)
Russell Four Square is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register. It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Summer Hours: 7:15am – 9:00pm
Winter Hours: 7:15am – 8:00pm
Many Four Square Stores are of important historical significance in the development of this country.
One such store is Russell Four Square, which is listed as a Category 2 building in the Historic Places Trust Register, (Category 2 standing for a significant place).
It is the only surviving 19th Century trading store still fulfilling it’s original purpose on the Russell waterfront.
Built in the 1880’s, the store was strangely designed. The sleeping quarters were upstairs and were reached by an outside staircase. The stairs have long gone and access is now by way of a vertical ladder onto a flat roof leading to a porch. Consequently upstairs is no longer used. The kitchen-living room was a stand-alone single storey building situated in the back yard of the shop…
Some information contained within this article was sourced form an article by M. King in the Russell Review Volume 4 1981 with the kind permission of the Russell Museum.
Groceries and provisions – They locals know this as the Front Shop, come in for fresh vegetables and supplies.
Liquor will not be sold to persons under 18 years of age. Only the following evidence of age documents are acceptable: HANZ 18+ Card, New Zealand Photographic Drivers Licence, New Zealand or Overseas Passport. Liquor may only be sold during the hours specified in the store licence. It is now an infringement offence to buy liquor if you are under 18 years of age.
We are manufacturers of natural soap and skin care products. Our soaps are suitable for all the family especially those with sensitive skin & suitable for eczema & dermatitis sufferers.
9:00am – 5:30pm
Winter hours 10am – 4pm
Our range of Palm Oil Free products include: Sensitive skin soap, Baby Soap, Lavender Soap, Shaving Bar, Lemon Eucalypt Shampoo Bar, Dog Shampoo, Citrus Zest Liquid Soap & Lavender Liquid Soap.
Our aim is to provide an affordable natural alternative to commercial soaps. We use the best natural ingredients & supply to Organic outlets, Supermarkets, Health food shops and our natural dog soaps are available at all good Vets & Pet stores in New Zealand.
“Wish” Gifts is a new gift shop right in the heart of Russell. We stock quality gifts for everyone, at all prices. Our aim is to have something for everyone. Some of these things are:
Home wares, wall art, souvenirs, jewellery, soaps & toiletries, kid’s t-shirts, baby gifts, scarves, local crafts, and much more…
Winter Hours – 10am-4pm
Summer Hours – 9.30am – 5.30pm
Spring and Autumn Hours- 9.30 – 4.30pm
Caravan by Tania Cooper is proudly designed and manufactured here in New Zealand in the Beautiful Bay of Islands.
There is a basic Summer and Winter range each year, with additions throughout those seasons.
The name Caravan came from the nostalgic, iconic New Zealand holiday in a beautiful bay somewhere. relaxed and casual, reflecting the clothing we create.
The inspiration for the designs comes from the fabric first, with an emphasis on beautiful prints and quality fabrics using mainly natural fibres where possible.
The designs are not restricted to any particular age group. They are comfortable and easy to wear with flattering lines for all shapes and sizes.
Caravan pants were one of the first designs in 2003 and still remain one of our most popular items. They are an easy comfortable fit and are extremely flattering on all sizes from a 6 to a 20.
Wood2Water is a celebration of Russell’s heritage and strong connection with the land and sea. Each of our heirloom quality products have been inspired in part by either wood or water. We are proud to represent Russell with our honestly handcrafted products. Because we care about our environment, wherever possible we try and use locally sourced and recycled materials.
Come and enjoy the welcoming ambience of our stores in the beautiful Bay of Islands – one of New Zealand’s most attractive destinations.
We have a simple philosophy – great service and a high standard of New Zealand-made gifts and souvenirs.
Our friendly team are always here to help you choose from our extensive range of :
Finest possum and merino wool garments and accessories
- Exquisite selection of ancient kauri wood bowls and boxes
Fine handblown glass
Traditional greenstone (jade) and bone carvings
Fabulous selection of local art including Tony Ogle and Tom Burnett
We are open seven days a week.
Packing and postal service is available worldwide.