Drive from Auckland (3 hours) or take a 50-minute flight to either Bay of Islands or Whangarei airport, both less than an hour’s drive away, depending on traffic. Rental cars must be booked in advance. We can also arrange a chauffered limousine from Auckland.
Follow State Highway One north of Auckland for 2 hours to Whangarei, then continue north for 45 minutes to Kawakawa. Here you by-pass the township, leaving the highway which forks left, and instead continuing ahead on the well-sealed road SH11 north towards Russell via the Opua car ferry. Take the continuous ferry (last sailing 10pm daily) then drive 2 minutes towards romantic, historic Russell. The descent of the road to sea level brings you to Orongo Bay – the Homestead is opposite the oyster beds.
Through a connecting passenger ferry from Paihia, Russell is served by comfortable coach from Auckland. We will meet you at the Russell wharf.
A fifty minute scheduled Air New Zealand flight from Auckland lands up to five times a day at the modern Bay of Islands Airport, Kerikeri. Cars may be hired there in advance. Taxi transfers are available to The Homestead.
To get driving directions click on the link to connect to Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Orongo+Bay+Homestead+45+Aucks+Road,+Russell+0272/@-35.2912689,174.1454143,385m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x6d0ba5aafefd8dfd:0xdfbe2f2cb8b924dc!2m2!1d174.1462742!2d-35.2900611