Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park

The Russell Peninsula is in the geographic centre of the Bay of Islands and has an island feel. It is a place of unique and unspoiled scenic beauty and the only north island weka and kiwi zone on mainland New Zealand. As the first capital of New Zealand you have the opportunity to discover the stories, history and heritage of Russell.

From Auckland the drive is a sightseeing opportunity and takes 2.5 to 3 hours from the North Shore through to to 3.5 to 4 hours from South Auckland.

Phone: 09 403 7704

E-mail: stay@russellaccommodation.co.nz

Address: 5960 Russell Road, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Office hours:
1 October to 30 April 8am to 8pm
1 May to 30 September 8.30 am to 7 pm

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How to find us

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. http://www.tollroad.govt.nz/

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 Russell Road


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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 and is part of a route that has been named by Lonely Planet, the world’s leading authority on travel, as one of 50 “Epic Drives of the World”! Find out more here.

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.

Option 2

via Opua and car ferry


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Follow State Highway out of Whangarei heading north. Ten to fiteen 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, approximately every 10 minutes between 6.40am and 10pm. Exit ferry and continue on road to Russell. The Orongo Bay Holiday Park is approximately 5 kilometres from the ferry, on the right. The ferry is suitable for all vehicles including trucks, buses and campervans. Ferry tickets can be purchased on board by cash, EFTPOS or credit card.

Vehicular Ferry Facts

  • Mainland departure location: Opua
  • Russell peninsular location: Okiato
  • First ferry: Okiato 06:40, Opua 06:50
  • Last ferry: Okiato 21:50, Opua 22:00
  • Tickets: Purchased on board – cash, EFTPOS or credit card facilities available
  • Price: Car $12.50, Campervan 6-8m $19, Bus 8-10m $29, Foot Passenger $1

From the West Coast:

 

From the Waipoua Forest drive along State Highway 12 heading to Kawakawa. At the junction of State Highway 1 and State Highway 11 turn left onto State Highway 11 heading for Opua. At the bottom of the hill turn left for the vehicle ferry. There are two ferries operating continually, approximately every 10 minutes between 6.40am and 10pm. Exit ferry and continue on road to Russell. The Orongo Bay Holiday Park is approximately 5 kilometres from the ferry, on the right.

From the North:


 

 

Follow State Highway 10 (signs for Doubtless Bay/Bay of Islands/Route 10). Turn left onto SH 11 (Puketona Road) and continue on SH 11 through Paihia and follow signs for Opua. At the bottom of the hill turn left for the vehicle ferry. There are two ferries operating continually, approximately every 10 minutes between 6.40am and 10pm. Exit ferry and continue on road to Russell. The Orongo Bay Holiday Park is approximately 5 kilometres from the ferry, on the right.

 

 

 

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