Paihia, Bay of Islands & Northland

Riverside Homestead Waitangi


Check In: 15:00|Check Out: 10:00
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.


  • Ceiling Fan
  • Internet Access Available
  • Stereo
  • Cable/ Satellite TV
  • Car Parking
  • Wifi access
  • Picnic Tables
  • Books and Magazines
  • Free Wifi
  • Google Chromecast
  • Fans
  • Heating
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Fireplace
  • On-site parking
  • Air Conditioned
  • Electric Car Charging Station
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • DVD/Video Library
  • Board Games
  • Onsite Secure Parking

Map & Directions

846 Puketona Rd, Haruru


From Whangarei drive 40 mins north on SH1 until it branches left to Kawakawa. Follow SH1 for 14Km through Kawakawa then Moerewa township in the direction of Kerikeri. At Pakaraka turn right onto State Highway 10 (signposted Kerikeri/Bay of Islands). In 7.5Km, at the large Puketona roundabout take the second exit onto Puketona Rd (SH 11) signposted towards Paihia). In 2.4Km Riverside Homestead is on your left.

Cancellation Policy

Non-refundable bookings and discounted bookings will be charged fully and this over-rides all other cancellation policies. Room-only bookings exclude breakfast. For all full-rate and refundable bookings the following applies:
100% refundable for cancellations with at least 30 days notice.
75% refundable if cancelled 15-29 days notice
No refund available with less than 14 full days notice.

Your fully-vaccinated hosts may seek proof of Covid vaccination status. Should Covid alert levels apply, you may be required to undertake a rapid test. We hold test kits at Riverside.

We do look forward to welcoming you and assure you that we take seriously your healthful safety and that of other guests and ourselves.

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