Orongo Bay Homestead

Russell Lodge From $199/night

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Check In: 15:00 | Check Out: 11:00

Open Hours: 10am - 9pm

Safe and spacious private suites in the gardens of the historic bay-side homestead, just 5 minutes from romantic Russell in the heart of the Bay of Islands

“The first American Consulate” c1860

Our experience is your unique assurance in selecting the best Bay of Islands accommodation. As owner operators for 25 years, we go out of our way to do everything we possibly can to give all guests the best experience of New Zealand hospitality, food and wine. Guest comments suggest we achieve this (booking.com guest satisfaction survey 2018 of 96%).


Sequestered in 15 private acres by the sea just five minutes drive from romantic and historic Russell, the heritage-listed First American Consulate (as this 1870's country house is known) offers restorative peace and calm, organic-focused cuisine, and accommodation in three en suite rooms in the architect-designed Lakeside Retreat.

Food and travel writer Michael Hooper and partner Chris Wharehinga Swannell (of Maori ancestry) prepare a "bake-house breakfast" delivered to your room, with home-baked breads and croissants, home-made conserves from their organic gardens and orchard and eggs from free-range hens.

Central to all the activities on the water, in the wineries, and across the beaches of the bay of 144 islands, the two-storey Homestead is without pretention but generously provisioned with modern comforts, respect and attention.

At least four hours notice is required to prepare your room.

Map & Directions

45 Aucks Rd, Russell, Northland, New Zealand


From Whangarei drive north on SH1 until it branches left to Kawakawa. At this point continue ahead on SH11 towards the Bay of Islands via the Opua vheicle ferry (continuous 6am - 10pm). Upon exiting the ferry drive ahead towards Russell, approx 5 Km to Orongo Bay where The Homestead sits behind trees on the right side. From Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) airport, follow signs to Paihia. Drive through the township and approx 5 mins later the vehicle ferry is signposted off to the left, travelling from Opua to Okiato. Upon exiting the ferry, proceed as above.

Cancellation Policy

100% refundable for cancellations with at least 30 days’ notice. 75% refundable if cancelled 7-29 days’ notice No refund available with less than 7 days’ notice. EXCEPTION: During Covid Alert Level 2 we apply a more lenient policy: a full refund given provided at least 7 days’ notice of cancellation is received.

Bookit’s Amendments and Cancellations

Cancellation policies are specific to each supplier and are detailed on the payment confirmation page prior to final booking confirmation.

Bookits non-refundable fee of NZD20.00 also applies to all cancellations regardless of the supplier’s cancellation policy.

Where you are entitled to a refund the refund will be made to the same credit card that you used to confirm the booking.

For amendments of bookings additional charges or a refund may apply depending on the nature of the booking amendment.

If you make a booking using a discount code you will not be able to use that discount code on any subsequent booking amendment. Amendments will be made using the normal price of the product being amended.

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