School groups

Your Bay of Islands School Camp

Russell Orongo BayRussell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park Lodge offers a safe environment including a Lodge facility for school groups.  The Lodge can  sleep up to seventy. Adjacent stand alone cabins can sleep another 20 guests.

The Lodge at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park is purpose designed for schools. We are able to offer dedicated use of this facility for school groups including the use of dedicated male and female bathrooms completely separate from any other guests.

The Lodge comes with a good sized kitchen with a full stove, microwave, fridge and freezer together with a large lounge/dining room with a log fire in winter. The adjacent BBQs and outdoor seating means that meals can be organised easily either indoors or outdoors.

Each Lodge bedroom is 20 square metres, sleeping up to 8 students per room.

school group lunchAll Lodge rooms open with ranchsliders to spacious decks and adjacent BBQ’s, swimming pool and playground.

The Park campfire area together with the large wood fired pizza oven and adjacent undercover BBQ area offer ideal socialising areas for school groups.

A marquee can be set up alongside the Lodge ( pictured) offering an extra undercover area

The  BBQs and outdoor seating adjacent to the Lodge means that meals can be organised easily either indoors or outdoors.

School group swim

School groups can arrange the use of park facilities, including BBQ areas, swimming pool, wifi, large grassed areas, nature walks through native bush and a Park store. With prior arrangement we can provide for your cooking, cutlery and crockery requirements.

There is a boardwalk around the mangrove fringed Orongo Bay and a walkway to Russell village from the Park.

Please contact us to obtain a quote for your school trip requirements. We will put together pricing based on your group numbers, length of stay & the season.

Student Group Discounts

Group using campfire kitchenWe can assist with obtaining student group discounts

for Bay of Island’s activities including the ferries, the

R Tucker -Thompson tall ship, Hole in the Rock,

viewing Dolphins and the Pompallier Mission and Printery

and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To specify requirements or for further information contact us.                                                                                       


Camping, a budget option

Campfire kitchen and seatingDid you know that the sunny and reliable climate of Russell means that camping is also a budget option for many school groups. To specify requirements or for further information contact us.






Did you know that?

Sailing in the bay of islandsMany schools stay at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday park to discover New Zealand’s historic sites. The Bay of Islands was where the Maori first arrived in New Zealand and Russell was the first European settlement established in New Zealand. French Catholic missionaries – who preceeded the English – set up New Zealand’s earliest industrial building, the Pompallier Printery. The Pompallier is geared up for school trips and students get involved with printing using pre Industrial Revolution printing presses.

New Zealand’s oldest church – Christchurch – with bullet holes from the Land Wars and an interesting graveyard is in the centre of Russell village. The battles between Maori and the early settlers over land began in Russell with the chopping down of the British flagpole by Hone Heke and this is an important historic site for schools to visit.

From Russell it is a short ferry trip to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.