Orongo Bay Homestead


An All Year Round Destination

144 beautiful islands invite yachting and boating pleasure, world record game fishing, dining and diving in a superb subtropical, unspoilt paradise.

Temperatures are usually several degrees centigrade warmer than Auckland, only a scenic three-hour drive or one-hour flight away. Even in winter, the Bay of Islands is up to ten degrees centigrade warmer than the touristy meccas of Taupo, Rotorua or remote and chilly Queenstown. Here, The Homestead tree-ripens organic bananas, guavas, papaya, kiwi fruit, and a host of exotic fruit and vegetables, which feature seasonally in its gourmet menus.

We can arrange historic Russell tours, arts, crafts and museum visits. Guests often buy excellent original paintings or indigenous fashions at amazing prices.

Visit New Zealand’s oldest giants: awesome native Kauri trees, or discover lush, unspoiled bush, coastal hills and beaches. Across from The Homestead, stretch your legs on the coastal trail and boardwalk.

See dolphins in their natural habitat, learning about their ancient Maori significance, or let us book you on a tall sailing ship cruise. On the crystal waters of the many secluded bays, sail away with skippered or unskippered yacht charters, or thrill to ocean jetboat sightseeing.

For dining, Even outside The Homestead, Russell has some of the best cuisine north of Auckland, including historic The Gables, and the awarded Country Hotel of the Year, The Duke of Marlborough Hotel where reservations are absolutely essential. Prefer Thai, Indian, or a casual pizza? Let us advise and book you the best available table!

Summer’s best weather usually runs from pre-Christmas right through April. Autumn and even winter are magically mild.

Orongo Bay Homestead and the beautiful Bay of Islands are waiting to relax and restore any time of year. Let your base be our unique combination of home and hotel with its healthy regard for organic gourmet luxury.