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    A unique opportunity awaits you at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park. You have the chance to see and hear kiwi and weka in their natural environment.

    You will discover the perfect camping site to pitch your tent or park your campervan. Enjoy a relaxing stay in one of our cabins, cottages or bungalows. For something a little bit different, try one of our glamping options. The spacious and contoured setting of Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park ensures that many of our sites and accommodation options are quite private.

    Family friendly accommodation at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park includes The Lodge, also popular with singles, couples and groups. Whatever your budget we have accommodation to suit your needs.

    Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park offers an authentic Bay of Islands holiday experience and a a central base to discover the unique  Bay of Islands.

    Located close to the quaint and historic Russell village, Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park is set in 14 picturesque acres in a kiwi and weka protection zone.

    Russell is a peninsula with an island feel, offering the opportunity for you to discover hidden places and tucked away treasures in a stunning scenic environment. Ask us about things to do in Russell and the Bay of Islands – don’t rush, take your time and relax and enjoy this very special holiday destination.


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    From Auckland follow State Highway 1 north through Albany to Whangarei (approx 2 hours).

    The Northern Gateway Toll Road is a 7.5km motorway extension just north of Auckland. Heading north the toll road begins just before Orewa and ends after the Johnstone Hills near Puhoi. The toll road gives motorists a choice between a more direct route or the scenic State Highway 17 via Orewa. Payment can be made at booths provide or made online within 5 days.

    Once you have arrived in Whangarei there are two routes to Russell. (Note that the last Ferry leaves Opua at 9.50pm).

    Option 1 - via Opua and the car ferry

    Follow State Highway out of Whangarei heading north. 10-15 minutes after KawaKawa is the turnoff to the right to Opua. At the bottom of the hill turn left for the vehicle ferry. There are two ferries operating continually, usually between 7am and 10 pm and bookings are not required. Exit ferry and continue on road to Russell. The Orongo Bay Holiday Park is approximately 5 kilometres from the ferry, on the right.

    Option 2 - via Russell Road

    Follow State Highway 1 out of Whangarei heading north. Fifteen minutes north of Whangarei, after you have passed the Whakapara BP service station turn right into Russell Road . This stunning coastal road offers spectacular views of unspoiled beaches and native forests. Do not turn off the bitumen onto a gravel road – all roads lead to Russell at that point including the paved road you are on. The Russell Road takes up to 1.5 hours and we recommend a stop along the way at the Helena Bay Art Gallery. Turn right at the T intersection at the end of Russell Road and Russell – Orongo Holiday Park is 500 metres on the right.

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    There is no public transport system in Russell and the local taxi can be fairly pricey. We suggest buying or renting a car/camper van. Having a car is the easiest way to get around, as is the case in most parts of rural New Zealand. We are only 5 minutes drive out of Russell village.
    Alternatively, there is a fantastic board walk directly opposite the park, starting through the mangroves and then continuing on through native bush land. One direction takes you in to Russell village (approx 45mins walk) and the other direction will take you to Okiato, passing local wineries along the way (approx 40mins walk).
    We also offer bike hire here at the park, so why not hire a bike to explore the area? The locals are used to sharing the roads with cyclists. Catch the ferry to Opua which will take you to the start of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Passengers and their bikes can travel for $1.00 on the car ferry.

    There is a direct passenger ferry service 7 days a week from Russell wharf to Paihia wharf. They also offer a ferry service (available on request) to Waitangi.
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    The Bay of Islands is surrounded by stunning coastlines, idyllic coves and bays, and 144 islands and picturesque beaches. Here are just some of the beaches within easy driving distance from Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park.

    Oneroa Bay (Long Beach) in Russell - A picturesque beach perfect for swimming, kayaking, fishing or just relaxing.
    Tapeka Point - An ideal all tide swimming beach that adjoins a grassed picnic area, you can fish off the rocks or launch your boat off the ramp.
    Pipiroa Bay - A great beach to take young children. It is shallow, sheltered and tidal. There is a picnic table & grassed area that is next to the start of the walkway to Russell.

    Urupukapuka Island - Take a ferry from Russell wharf for $35 return. An island escape with swimming, snorkeling, walking and breathtaking 360 degree views.

    Boat Tours - Take a boat tour out on the bay with a whole range of trips on offer. We can book you on to a trip as we are a booking agent. Truly, the best way to experience the bay of islands is from the water. You can sail, dive, fish, swim with dolphins or just tour the islands. Let us know what takes your fancy and we will match and book you with any of the number of charter operators.

    There is a variety of scenic walks and hiking on offer. There are over 60 walks for you to choose from.
    These are just a few:

    Cape Brett Walk - For Bay of Island views that are beyond stunning! Not for the fainthearted..the complete walk to Cape Brett is a good 2 day hike (approx 7 hours there & 7 hours back). You have the option to stay overnight in a cabin overlooking the Hole in the Rock with views out to sea, situated next to the Cape Brett lighthouse. The views from Cape Brett are breathtaking...definitely worth the trek!

    Whaling Station Walk - Located approx 25km from Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park, This track is a comfortable (approx 1.5 hours) forest and beach walk in to Whangamumu Harbour where one of NZ's last remaining shore-based whaling stations was situated. You can see the relics and ruins there today!

    Ngaitonga Kauri Forest - Just a 10 minute drive from the park, be enchanted with the natural beauty of a native Kauri forest. Very peaceful indeed.

    Russell holds a long and interesting history in the heritage of New Zealand. Russell features some of New Zealand's oldest and most significant historic buildings:

    Pompallier House - Take one of the best heritage tours in the country at Pompallier House.
    The building there today was built in 1841 and is now restored to it's original French Lyonnaise layout as a working printery and living museum. This is an interactive museum where you can really get involved - try your hand at tanning or printing whilst learning about the history from a passionate tour guide. This is where Catholic Missionaries translated religious texts in to Maori and printed and bound them in to beautiful books.

    Russell Museum - Learn about the early years of Maori - European contact. Located in the heart of Russell close to New Zealand's oldest church - The Christ Church.
    Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka (the treasure house of Russell) holds priceless knowledge of a bygone era and artifacts such as a stunning 1/5th scale replica of Captain Cook's ship Endeavour. One of the finest little museums in the country.

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    Graphic showing average weather in Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 18.7 126.2 65.7 49.7
    Feb 19.4 110 66.9 43.3
    Mar 18.1 104.5 64.6 41.1
    Apr 16.2 160.3 61.2 63.1
    May 14 205.3 57.2 80.8
    Jun 11.9 212.9 53.4 83.8
    Jul 10.9 215.2 51.6 84.7
    Aug 11.4 179.8 52.5 70.8
    Sep 12.6 153.6 54.7 60.5
    Oct 14.3 134.2 57.7 52.8
    Nov 15.8 111.2 60.4 43.8
    Dec 17.4 104.9 63.3 41.3

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      • What a wonderful place to go and relax. My enduring memory is one of nature and peaceful walks. A useful base for exploring Russell. A word of warning to people looking for a place to be entertained - this is not it. The staff were both friendly and knowledgeable.
      • Camped for a night. Definitely a nice location and setting. Lady at reception went out of her way to offer area knowledge and locations for good hiking trails. However, none of our party slept well primarily due to the loud banter of other guests around the open fire place till 2 am. One of our party complained to reception about the issue (where a staff member kindly offered us all a refund and went out of her way to right things) Amenities are as standard for a normal holiday park. Generally Clean and Tidy, There is apparently a nature trail around the Holiday Park, (though never managed to find it). Saw two Kiwis.
      • They charged me $500 for a caravan that had duck taped windows, white tale spiders, bed bugs and ants. I found the owners and workers out of touch with reality. The owners are rude and are quick to take advantage of travellers (bad people). Do not Woff there you'll only get angry and leave anyway
      • Lovely pet friendly campsite. Here it's all about nature. With pool for the kids and playground. Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Don't need to say, We'll be back !
      • This is a really friendly and relaxed site. The facilities were great, the pool being an extra bonus, and the staff were lovely too. I'd 100% stay again.


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