Directions

NOTE: Google directions to Arcadia from Auckland will take you the longer, scenic route. For the direct route see below. Directions for getting here by air or by bus follow.

By car

GPS WARNING!
Some GPSs don’t recognise the Car Ferry route from Opua to Russell so can send you on the longer coastal road or worse still the Waikere unsealed rd instead.

Set your GPS for Opua Car Ferry, Beachy Rd Opua

The ferry runs continiously from 6am to 9.50pm. If you intend to arrive after 7pm please call us to let us know and so we can talk about alternative options if you miss the ferry. From Opua to Okiato (Russell)  ferry costs $13.50 each way. Just stay in the car lane, drive onto the ferry and pay onboard using credit cards or cash

We suggest when you are on the ferry to set your GPS Map to 21 Brind Rd

This will bring you close to our Top Carpark Entrance.
Please take care coming down the steep road, you will see our sign at the end of Brind Rd.
We apologise as the first part of the drive is council owned and its abit of a goat track.!

If you don’t have GPS service, as you come into Matauwhi Bay, come around the corner on the main road- to 10 Florance Ave on the main road, you will see our blue sign on your right and pull into the carpark. There is a box of laminated Maps on the gate, this will have instructions to drive arrive around to our top carpark entrance.

From central Auckland:

The trip from Auckland city centre should take about  3 ½ hours although summer holiday traffic may slow things. Get onto State Highway 1 (SH1) north to Whangarei. About 45 minutes north of Whangarei at Kawakawa take SH11 to Paihia then follow signs for Opua and Russell via vehicle ferry. The ferry is a shuttle which runs continuously from 6.50am-10pm and costs about $24 return for a car and 2 people. Drive off the ferry and follow the main road for about 8kms until you enter the outskirts of Russell. You’ll come down into Matauwhi Bay – the road is flat for 100 metres or so then curves round a bend where you’ll see Arcadia on the hill on the right. However our main car park is at the back of the house so to get to it keep driving, as below.

Paying Road Tolls:

North of Auckland there’s a short section of tolled motorway. There are no toll booths but don’t worry, just drive through. Your car is photographed and you pay afterwards on-line. We’ll help you do that when you get here and you get 7 days grace to pay for these.

To get to our  front car-park & entrance

We suggest when you are on the ferry to set your GPS Map to 21 Brind Rd.

This will bring you close to our Top Carpark Entrance.
Please take care coming down the steep road, you will see our sign at the end of Brind Rd.
We apologise as the first part of the drive is council owned and its abit of a goat track.!

If you don’t have GPS service, as you come into Matauwhi Bay, come around the corner on the main road- to 10 Florance Ave on the main road, you will see our blue sign on your right and pull into the carpark. There is a box of laminated Maps on the gate, this will have instructions to drive arrive around to our top carpark entrance.

If you intend to arrive after 7pm please call us to let us know your arrival time.

When you arrive at Arcadia push the door bell on the lodge door.

By air

Air New Zealand Air fly to Kerikeri/Bay of Islands from Auckland, it’s just a 40 minute hop and there are several flights daily. For flight times check the timetables, and there are many rental car options at the airport.

www.airnewzealand.co.nz

We are a 50 drive from the  Keri Keri airport via the Opua Car Ferry, If you  would like transfers from the airport  please make contact with us as there are many options available

By bus

Buses travel daily from Auckland to Paihia. At Paihia it’s a short walk to the wharf from where it’s a short ferry ride to Russell

For bus schedules check the following websites:

> Intercity > www.intercitycoach.co.nz

Please make contact if you would like us to pick you up from the Russell Wharf.