Our Shop

The Museum specialises in books about the history of the area and of Aototearoa New Zealand generally

The Museum shop features a wide range of unique unusual gifts.  Items include books, bone carvings, scrimshaw, greenstone (pounamu) and paua jewelry as well as cards and paintings.  It is a great place to get a gift, birthday presents or a souvenir of your visit to the Bay of Islands.

The Museum has a policy of specialising in Northland books and publications that can sometimes be hard to find elsewhere in New Zealand.  Some of these titles are published by the Russell Museum while others are reprints or facsimiles of old titles.

Although we don’t have a fully online shop, if there is a book title you particularly want, or something you would like that you know we stock, feel free to email or call. We are more than happy to send you an invoice for direct credit and despatch the item to you.

Books about History

Specialist books

We have an extensive range of specialist books, many of them specifically on history of the area. We also have plenty of books which provide excellent information on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi. Many of the authors are internationally recognised; others have extensive knowledge on this particular part of Taitokerau Northland. Whether it is Jack Lee writing about Kororareka, or Dame Claudia Orange on The Treaty, pop in and browse our selection.

Children’s toys

From native bird finger puppets to furry kiwis and penguins, we have a wide range of children’s gifts. The 3-D model kits featuring native birds and sea creatures are great fun to make and take up no luggage space, making them the perfect take home gift for younger family members. New Zealand wildlife puzzles, a range of beautiful handcrafted rimu jigsaw puzzles, along with plenty of children’s books in English and Maori means you are spoilt for choice for presents. 




































Pounamu and jewlery


We have a good selection of jewelry including pounamu (greenstone) as well as items such as tea towels, and locally made pottery. Cherie Lawrie has created a special range of hand painted china which features the Korora, the little Blue Penguin. Come and visit to see our range of gifts. 

Russell Review

The Russell Review is one of New Zealand’s longest running publications. Many writers and poets are contributors to the excellent read. For a fascinating look at some of Russell Kororareka’s history and the community’s characters, then then publication is  must read. Back editions available.


2 York Street,
Russell Kororāreka
Bay of Islands
Aotearoa New Zealand

Call Us

(+64) 9 403 7701

Opening hours

10.00 - 4.00 daily
Last visitors admitted at 3.45 pm