Check In: 15:00 |Check Out: 11:00
Hours: 10am - 9pm

Safe and spacious private suites on a tree-lined riverside estate with lawns running down to the banks of the historic Waitangi River, upstream from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your hosts are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and respectfully require proof of the same from guests under the government's vaccination mandate for the hospitality sector. 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 have achieved this during our time at Orongo Bay Homestead ( guest satisfaction survey 2018 of 96%).

Sequestered in 1.5 private hectares, just five minutes drive from Waitangi Treaty Grounds, this riverfront lodge offers restorative peace and calm, organic-focused cuisine, and accommodation in two ensuite rooms with pastoral and river views. Food and travel writer Michael Hooper and partner Rev. Chris Wharehinga Swannell (of Maori ancestry) prepare a "bake-house breakfast" delivered to your room's own balcony or served at the kauri native timber dining suite, with home-baked breads and croissants, home-made conserves from the organic gardens and orchard, and eggs from free-range hens. Easy walks through the estate's native bush under soaring trees, skirt and overlook the Waitangi River with its ducks and other birdlife. Resident alpacas may eat from your hand and a pre-ordered platter by the river with a fine New Zealand wine is a soothing, casual alternative to the restaurant options of Paihia. Gourmet dinners may be planned in advance for four or six resident guests. Close to all the activities on the waters of the Bay, to local wineries, and across the beaches of the bay of 144 islands, Riverside Homestead is without pretention but generously provisioned with modern comforts, respect for the privacy of guests and attention to detail. At least four hours notice is required to prepare your room. Higher Covid Alert levels may affect the services offered.


  • Additional Features for people with disabilities
  • Airport shuttle
  • Balcony
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Board Games
  • Books and Magazines
  • Breakfast available
  • Cable/ Satellite TV
  • Car Parking
  • CD Player
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee Machine
  • Composting
  • DVD Player
  • DVD/Video Library
  • Entire property on ground level
  • Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Google Chromecast
  • Guest Bar/Lounge [Common Area]
  • Guest Lounge [Common Area]
  • Heating
  • Internet Access Available
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Linen Available
  • Netflix
  • No Pets
  • Non-smoking property
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Not suitable for children
  • Onsite Manager
  • On-site parking
  • Onsite Secure Parking
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Picnic Tables
  • Power
  • Rainwater Tanks
  • Recycling
  • Rural Setting
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Shower
  • Stereo
  • Takeaways Nearby
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • UV Treated Drinking Water
  • Vegetable Garden and/or Fruit Orchard
  • Verandah
  • Water
  • Wifi access

Terms and Conditions

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. Under law you will be obliged to provide valid and current proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 in order to enter the property. Your fully-vaccinated hosts are obliged to verify your Vaccine Pass which you will need to present on arrival either on a smart mobile phone or as a printout so we may scan it. You may be required to undertake a rapid test at your own cost prior to check-in. We do look forward to welcoming you and assure you that we take seriously your healthful safety and that of other guests and ourselves. We will maintain physical distancing and on request we can provide you with external direct access to your room during daytime. You are required to wear a mask correctly covering nose and mouth when on the premises and outside your room or suite.