For accommodation on a budget in the Bay of Islands…
Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park Lodge is an ideal budget option for school group bookings. Our pricing is based on school numbers and the length of stay – for example, we can offer good rates to school groups of 40 + which stay 3 nights or more. For smaller school groups which only require a couple of nights, you will find our affordable prices and value very attractive.
Our eleven Lodge rooms are configured to sleep sixty. There is enough space for extra mattresses if required, together with the use of six adjacent stand alone cabins if needed. Ranchsliders to spacious decks and adjacent BBQ,s and swimming pool is an ideal set up for school groups. Our Lodge offers 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.
School groups can arrange the use of park facilities, including BBQ areas, swimming pool, internet, large grassed areas, nature walks through native bush and a Park store. We can with prior arrangement provide for your cooking, cutlery and crockery requirements.
Haratu, the Russell marae, gives student the Maori perspective on the history and stories of the area. Haratu offers a venue for educational purposes focusing on tikanga Maori. Waitangi, where the Treaty was signed, is only around 10 kilometres from Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park.
There is a boardwalk around the mangrove fringed Orongo Bay and a walkway to Russell village from the Park. To specify requirements and for further details contact us.
Did you know that ?
Many 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.