On the Shore
Allow plenty of time to explore and enjoy the heritage and ambience of picturesque Russell where you can visit some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand including Pompallier Printery and Christchurch together with Flagstaff Hill / Te Maiki, the central most elevated spot to view the Bay of Islands, Russell Museum and the local galleries
A very beautiful seaside village
The Russell peninsula has a number of lovely little coves, bays and beaches. Long Beach is popular – about 4 km from the Park. Pipiroa Bay – also about the same distance from the Park – is tidal and very safe for toddlers and young children and the start of the walkway to Russell Village. The Park has a swimming pool – however Orongo Bay is fringed by mangroves – with a board walk through them- so is not a swimming beach.
Heritage and culture
- Flagstaff Hill
- Russell Museum
The marae’s name, Haratu, comes from chief Rewa’s whare, which in the 1830s stood nearby.exhibition space, classroom, offices. The Kororareka Marae Society’s maori art gallery and cultural centre, is in the centre of Russell. Exhibitions of local artists, carvers and weavers are a highlight.. A Hikoi Tahi or walking tour, a one hour walk round Kororareka-Russell during which you will discover interesting Maori stories and history can be booked at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park.
Russell restaurants, Cafes and Cinema
The Russell area offers a wide variety of eateries and cuisines including fresh fish and sea food. At Cinema Kororareka enjoy acclaimed and arthouse movies.