On the Shore

Russell

Russell Orongo Bay Holiday ParkAllow plenty of time to explore and enjoy the heritage and ambience of picturesque Russell where you can visit some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand including the Pompallier Printery and Christchurch together with Flagstaff Hill / Te Maiki, the central most elevated spot to view the Bay of Islands, Russell Museum,  the Old Customhouse and the local galleries

A very beautiful seaside village

Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Russell was the first capital and the first European settlement established in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands was where the Maori first arrived in New Zealand, so our village is rich in history. Even the headstones of Christ Church, New Zealand’s first church have a story to tell.

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Russell Orongo Bay Holiday ParkFrom Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park you can ride your bike or drive  for 5 km to Okiato on the Russell peninsula. You then catch the Okiato/Opua ferry for a short and very scenic trip. ( the ferry costs $1 for a rider and bike) Ride through the marina and past the boatyard and then onto the Cycle Trail.

 

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park (WMBP) is located in the Waitangi Endowment Forest and is easily accessible from Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park via the passenger ferry from Russell wharf. A direct ferry service is available to Waitangi itself upon request.

 

 

 

Heritage and culture

heritage and culture

  • Pompallier
  • Christ Church
  • Flagstaff Hill
  • Russell Museum
  • Old Customhouse
  • Site of New Zealand’s first capital at Russell
  • Waitangi

Maori Culture

Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park

There are lots of opportunities to experience Maori culture while staying at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park.  Trips to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds can be booked at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park. Options include a guided tour of the Treaty Grounds, cultural performances and a hangi

Russell Beaches

Russell Beaches

The Russell peninsula has a number of lovely little coves, bays and beaches. Long Beach is popular – about 3 km from the Park. Pipiroa Bay – also about the same distance from the Park – is tidal and very safe for toddlers and young children and the start of the walkway to Russell Village. The Park has a swimming pool.  Orongo Bay is fringed by mangroves – with a board walk through them- so is not a swimming beach.

Birding

The Russell peninsula is a kiwi and weka protection zone.  Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park is adjacent to wetlands, Orongo Bay and native bush – ideal habitat for a wide range of birdlife.
Within the holiday park we plant and conserve habitat. We employ the kiwi foundation to bait and trap animal pests.

You have the opportunity to see, hear and interact with a wide range of birds during your stay with us. wildlife Russell Orongo Bay Holiday ParkMany of our guests have seen kiwi while staying here and we can give you some tips on where to find them.

Birdlife in and around Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park. See our page What bird is that?

Official visitor guide

Official visitor guide - Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Russell Walks

wildlife Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Discover Russell and the Bay of Islands by taking a walk. There are plenty of scenic and heritage walks around the Bay including Bay of Islands Full Circle Day Walk,  Cape Brett Track, Flagstaff Hill Track,  Ngaiotonga Kauri Grove Walk, Whangamumu (old whaling station) Track,  Urupukapuka Island Archaeological Walk.

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The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Gabriel at Kawakawak StationThe Bay of Islands vintage railway currently operates between Kawakawa and Taumarere. Gabriel, a 1927 steam engine, is the star of the vintage railway show.

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Russell restaurants, Cafes and Cinema

Russell restaurants, Cafes and Cinema

The Russell area offers a wide variety of eateries and cuisines including fresh fish and sea food. At Cinema Kororareka enjoy acclaimed and arthouse movies.

 

 

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