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  • Address : 22 Du Fresne Place,
    Tapeka Point, Russell
    Bay of Islands 0255
  • Phone : 021 367700
    (+64) 21 367700

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Air New Zealand to Bay of Islands Airport - Kerikeri (International Hub Auckland), shuttle to Paihia, ferry to Russell and taxi to Tapeka. Flight time ex Auckland 1 hour, 10 minutes. Auckland from Los Angeles or San Francisco 12 hour easy overnight flight

Intercity or Northliner Express (luxury express coach from Auckland to Paihia) or Intercity bus from Quay Street downtown Auckland to Paihia, ferry to Russell. Hiring a rental car from Kerikeri (airport) is desirable

State highway 1 from Auckland over the Auckland Harbour Bridge north to Whangarei. Taking the Northern Gateway Toll Road will save you 15-30 minutes. (See below for payment information) Continue north on SH 1 to Kawakawa taking Highway 11 and signs to Paihia and Opua. Prior to Paihia turn right to Opua Car ferry. Follow signs to Russell, down main street and continue straight up the hill at end (Flagstaff Hill - signs to Tapeka Point (Tapeka Road). This will take you past the famous Flagstaff and down into Tapeka. Bear right at the bottom of the hill into Du Fresne Place. Follow left up the slight hill (No 22) down pebble drive to the right of the fishing lure letterbox and left of the grey two storey beach house. Left onto the concrete drive leading to the house. If the gates are stop clear as they open toward you. Total distance from central Auckland is approx 260KM. Total traveling time including car ferry 3.5-4 hours) Our local agent will meet you when you arrive

Opua - Okiato Russell Vehicle Ferry
Although you can drive the back road to the house via the Old Russell Road it is faster and much more fun taking the car ferry between Opua (turnoff between Kawakawa and Paihia on SH11) and Okiato. From the Okiato side to Russell is 8km and 10km to Tapeka Del Mar. The car ferries operate from 6.20am to 10.50pm daily every 10 minutes peak and 20 minutes off peak. There are no booking requirements. Cost $NZ13 per car. Credit cards and EFT-POS accepted.The trip takes approx. 12 minutes. The ferry crosses Veronica channel with views up towards Paihia and back to the Opua mooring area and marina.

By arrangement from Auckland Airport, Ardmore Aerodrome or downtown Auckland. Landing site 5 minutes from Tapeka. Flight time 1 hour 20 minutes

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Don't get a
Speeding Ticket

In New Zealand speed limits are enforced. Unmarked camera vans can be found at many locations between Auckland and the Paihia turnoff, typically on straight stretches of road or passing lanes. The marked New Zealand Police highway patrols also frequent State Highway 1. Watch around the entrance and exit from the toll road tunnels and northbound where the speed limit reduces from 100km to 80km. The speed limit has also been reduced to 80km/h through the Dome Valley area between Warkworth and Wellsford and the northern side of the Brenderwyn hill between Wellsford and Whangarei. Expect heavy enforcement along any straight stretch of road and around passing lanes.

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