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“Lovely spot filled with native birds and friendly staff”

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Russell --Orongo Bay Holiday Park
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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Lovely spot filled with native birds and friendly staff”
Reviewed 7 April 2013

We have stayed at Oronga Bay Holiday Park twice, this year they have made considerable improvements to the site and I would recommend it highly to couples and to families. We stayed in a self contained unit and found it well equipped, great shower, and comfortable bed. We particularly enjoyed the deck that overlooked the wet lands and the weta that visited us daily as well as the pukeko and fan tails. The pool is lovely and we enjoyed the walk along the wetlands just outside of the Park along the water front. Very conveniently located near Russell and still accesable to the ferry and the mainland. Helpful staff with lots of ideas for enjoying the area.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Very overpriced batch, run down facilities, out of town location. Bitten to death by mossies. I shall not be calling in there again. Although Russel is an interesting place to visit, this site is living on past glories.

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happycamperRussell, Owner at Russell --Orongo Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
We are sorry David that you did not enjoy your couple of days in our holiday park.

As you stayed with us during the mid February holiday season, our 2 roomed bach ( a NZ term for a holidaycabin) was $95 per night. The bach has a bedroom with a new and comfortable queen sized bed, all bedding, a quality 3 year old kitchen and a lounge/dining area and deck.

Unfortunately mosquitos are found near bush/forest in New Zealand which is why we provide mosquito wire over the windows. However they are in the main in evidence at dusk, so we suggest that where possible, you do not leave doors open and lights on at that time of day.

Yes, Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is 2.5 kilometres from the middle of Russell village. However we are able to offer a tranquil and picturesque setting with abundant birdlife and a 5 minute drive/10 minutes cycle/40 minutes walk to the middle of the village.

We hope that you did overall enjoy your visit to New Zealand.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

I originally planned to stay for 3 nights but extended my stay to 5 nights. The old cottage/cabin was great (although the bathroom area was very small and pokey but that goes with the age and history of the cottage) and the setting is beautiful and very relaxing. The park facilities are excellent - there is even a free book exchange. Don and Angela could not have been more helpful - advising on tours, sharing their extensive local knowledge, etc. The area around Russell is some of the most beautiful that I have ever seen and the town/village is charming and full of nice, helpful people. Highly recommend a visit to this part of New Zealand and to stay at the Orongo Bay Holiday Park.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Auckland
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

My lady, myself & Ozzy our dog camped between Russell & Whangamata. The Orongo Bay Holiday Park was by far the best. So much in fact that after a few days away on other campsites we were tempted to cancel our other bookings & return to Orongo to spend out the rest of our holiday. The only thing that stopped us was the use the free accomodation of my brothers batch in Whangamata. The friendly owners, staff, the relaxed atmosphere, birds wondering around our tent, the quiet & peaceful surroundings, the welcoming of Ozzy adds enormously to our recommedation to family, friends & our keeness to return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We stayed 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. The eco-cabin was great and the setting is beautiful and relaxing. We loved watching the Weka birds on our deck. The park facilities are all you could want and our hosts were warm and accommodating, with lots of local knowledge. The area around Russell is magical and the town itself is charming. Highly recommend this part of New Zealand to visit and to stay at the Orongo Bay Holiday Park.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wakkerzeel, belgium
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

Stayed for 2 nights with my spaceship...plenty of room on campingsite during jan 2013. Good tips from owner on walks and kiwi wildlife and nice organic cafe A good place to camp.
We liked it, greetings from belgium

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Great find for a peaceful family holiday with excellent facilities including a great pool. Fantastic birdlife all around the camp. Stayed in self-contained cottage which was charming, clean and comfortable with a lovely private garden area. Very helpful hosts with great local advice for the best beaches and activities. Would definitely stay again (and even extended our stay as we enjoyed it so much. Great base to explore the Bay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Russell --Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Address: 5960 Russell Whakapara Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Russell --Orongo Bay Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the few places in New Zealand where you can have close encounters with kiwi and weka in their natural environment. Affordable accommodation options in a picturesque setting. From privately situated fully self contained bungalows through to cabins for families and couples, the accommodation at this award winning Holiday Park features decks to make the most of the relaxed indoor/outdoor living opportunities of a sunny climate. Choose your own spacious powered or unpowered camp site and enjoy facilities which include a swimming pool, playground, outdoor games, fish smokehouse, BBQ areas, campfire, a free information and cruise/tour booking service and free boat parking. An enviro gold and four star Holiday Park and a central base from which you can explore Russell and the Bay of Islands. Adjacent to the Russell walkway and the Bay of Islands Full Circle Day Walk. Conveniently located to the Cape Brett Track, Te Araroa and the Kawakawa/Kaikohe cycle trail. ... more   less 
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