"Russell Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka"

Telling the stories of Ipipiri Bay of Islands

Īpipiri

Russell Museum now has a great new exhibit on display for visitors to experience, an interactive digital map called Īpipiri. Īpipiri is the Māori name for the Eastern Bay of Islands, and the mapping table now joins Captain Cook’s Endeavour as a museum must see attraction. Great fun for the kids, its two animated re-enactments brilliantly bring to life how our region and its ecology were first formed and developed.

Whaling

Because of good reports from early European visitors, Russell became a popular base for visiting Pacific whalers who needed a base to pick up supplies, get repairs done, and give their men shore time.

For nearly a hundred years whalers, particularly American, visited the port. Kororareka changed to accommodate their needs with waterfront grog shops and brothels a feature. It earned the nickname Hell-hole of the Pacific.

Shop

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.

Multi Media Bar

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