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About the Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands has a traditional history which holds that around 700 years ago, one of the large Maori canoes which journeyed to New Zealand from Hawiki, was sailed to the Bay Of Islands by Puhi, a founding father of the Ngapuhi Iwi (tribe).

The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, who named the region in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Whalers arrived towards the end of the 18th century, while the first missionaries settled in 1814. The settlement of Okiato was the first Capital of New Zealand.

Today the Bay of Islands is the big game fishing capital of New Zealand so have a go or just relax on the beach and watch the boats come and go.

Stroll along the magical waterfront of Russell and imagine the hurly burly pioneer days. Don’t miss the Mission House at Waimate North, the Stone House at Kerikeri or, of course, the fabulous grounds, setting and historical significance of the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds.

Here is our selection of Bay Of Islands B&B's

Bellrock Lodge


Prices from $275 to $350 per couple

Bellrock is 400 m away from the waterfront.

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For the best views in Russell come to Bellrock Lodge, which is on the hill overlooking the bay and the lovely village of Russell. We are only a 5 minute stroll to the village and wharf.
Luxury en-suite rooms with private entrance and French doors leading out of your room onto your private patio. The rooms can either have twin beds (2 singles) or a super king bed. Each room has: Free-view TV, DVD player, Radio/CD/iPod dock, air conditioner, fully equipped kitchenette, 2 leather recliners and dining table and chairs. Spacious bathrooms with the usual plus large shower and bidet. Off street parking and free WiFi.

Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on your patio while watching the most spectacular sunsets.

From Russell wharf board the sight seeing boats going to Hole in the Rock, dolphin watching, fishing charters. By taking the passenger ferry to Paihia you can board the bus taking you to Cape Reinga or Hocking. A taxi will take from Paihia wharf to Waitangi. Russell has various historical buildings, lovely beaches, good restaurants and pubs, interesting walks and a great atmosphere. Russell is a short distance off the main high way, which is a great advantage as we do not have the crowds and noise.
We are # 3 in New Zealand on Tripadvisor 2015.

Te Awa Lodge


Prices from $240 to $305 per couple

7 minutes drive from Paihia waterfront ; 15 Min from Keri Keri Airport.

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Te Awa Lodge is set in landscaped gardens right on the banks of the Waitangi River. Miniature waterfalls with the sound of gently tumbling waters from the river await your discovery in private, tranquil & peaceful surroundings.

Riverside Cottage (sleeps 4, price applies to 2 pax):
Superior Unit consisting of a large lounge/dining T.V. , magnificent floor to ceiling bay windows offering uninterrupted river views, separate bedroom with super king sized bed( can become twin ), & ranch slider to covered decking. En-suite with large walk-in double shower ; kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer & full laundry facilities. Lounge has a convertible sofa-bed to sleep two extra guests. Roll away beds can be provided.

Riverside Studio
Super king bed ( can become twin ), en-suite with large walk-in shower ; 180 degree vista up & down the Waitangi river ; triple stack ranch slider to covered and surround decking; kitchenette with double hob, micro-wave, fridge; seating area with T.V.

Riverside Suite
Furnished in native Rimu, super king bed ( can become twin ), TV, en suite shower room, cane easy lounge chairs, kitchenette with microwave, toaster, fridge, tea & coffee, stunning panoramic river views, ranch slider opening onto a private deck.

Tui Room
Has a romantic feel and King bed. There are majestic views up the river. Ranch slider to private deck along with a large en-suite bathroom with bath/shower facilities, kitchenette with fridge & toaster, kettle; T.V.

Aimeo Cottage


Prices from $150 to $260 per couple

Aimeo = 2 minutes from ferry landing, up the hill and left into Okiato Road.

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“ Aimeo Iti” :You will have your own private entry and you are separate from our living space upstairs. A Queen Size bed, and sofa bed, fully equipped kitchenette with small oven, microwave and all amenities, seating area und dining table, Polynesian décor. All linen and towels supplied. Sky TV, DVD, free Wi-Fi, free off street parking.
You get only a very small glimpse to the Bay from here but the Studio is surrounded by a subtropical garden, very quiet and relaxing. A sheltered private Patio to enjoy all day sun, outdoor furniture, BBQ and Strandkorb ( beach basket)
A short stroll through the bush leads you to an almost private swimming beach.
Aimeo is situated on a secluded peninsula (Okiato) with abundance of native bird life, beach and bush walks from your doorsteps. It is an ideal location for those who like to escape the bustle of summer crowds and yet enjoy the offer of an old world charm village.
Russell Township is a 9 min drive away with its historic sites, shops and Restaurant, Cafes, Supermarket, Boutique shops , Museum, Pompallier mission house and French Café, and you can pick up all excursions on the water from Russell Wharf.
You may walk ( 2 minutes) to the car ferry and cross over to Opua for small shopping or visit the Bay of Islands Marina with Café and Opua Cruising Club with a restaurant.
To the Winery "OMATA estate" with restaurant is a 5 min drive.
We are looking forward to welcoming you here at the Aimeo!

Villa Russell Bed & Breakfast


Prices from $195 to $320 per couple

Auckland 3 1/2 hours, Kerikeri Airport 1 Hour, Ferry 9kms

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Now is the perfect time to visit the winterless north, Russell, Bay of Islands
Enjoy a welcoming visit to Villa Russell; 2 minutes walk from the beach and Russell's restaurants, yet totally private and secluded. Relax with magnificent views of Russell's bay and wharf from the deck of our beautifully restored 1913 villa, or from our luxury guest cottage with spacious guest rooms, with ensuites, leading out on to your large verandah. Have breakfast al fresco, while surrounded by mature native trees and birdsong, tuis, kereru, weka, (even kiwi calling in the night). In the evening relax in the setting sun with a cool glass of wine before wandering down to the village to one of Russell's fine restaurants. Pure luxury in the heart of Russell, the most historic and earliest settlement in New Zealand
A short walk takes you to Long Bay surf beach or historic Flagstaff hill and native bush. Your suite is complete with tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, microwave, TV, beach towels, laundry facilities. We have a half acre of garden with plenty of outdoor furniture for total relaxation in the sun or shady areas.
Off Street parking is provided. You may also be greeted by our friendly family dog.
Complimentary afternoon tea/coffee is provided on arrival.

The Carriage House - Bay of Islands


Prices from $160 to $350 per couple

South side, Kerikeri Inlet 2 Km from KERIKERI town

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Click on owners WEBSITE right for full description, more photographs and things to do.
The Carriage House – Bay of Islands is 3 hours drive North of Auckland OR 40 minutes flight to Kerikeri Airport. Rental cars available.

Your self-catering Cottage Apartment is on a Waterfront Farm 2 miles from the Historic First Settlement Buildings, shops and restaurants. You look over grazing Clydesdale and Shire horses with the Kerikeri Inlet beyond. We have a collection of Vintage horse-drawn Wagons and Carriages which are still in daily use. There is a jetty at the end of the garden for your own Kayak or just enjoy the view of moored yachts.

You have 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, a large Living Room, with Dining area, Kitchen, Laundry and Study with wireless internet.Also outside Dining on the Deck,A Quiet Location safe for children and pets are welcome . Offstreet parking.

Your Hosts live nearby and will give advice on places to visit and where to dine. There are two supermarkets and many restaurants in Kerikeri. See the page "Things to Do" on our WEBSITE

Boat trips round the islands,Sailing,Fishing and Golf are popular. There are National Trust Houses to visit including WAITANGI TREATY House and the Kerikeri STONESTORE and Mission House. You can walk there by the River and continue to the RAINBOW FALLS.
The Towns Russell and Manganui are unspoilt old Whaling Ports.

Go to WEBSITE and click on AVAILABILITY to check your dates. You can book online and GET INSTANT CONFIRMATION.

Top House Lodge


Russell, Bay of Islands

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The Top House, so named because of its location, with 270 degree views, has unrivalled privacy, and it's own helipad. This recently renovated 3 bedroom house is located on 330 acres of private farmland. The house has been finished to a high standard, with excellent amenities, including hot tub with amazing views, outdoor dining and lounge spaces on 360 degree decks, WiFi, two TVs, heaps of parking, modern kitchen and luxury bathrooms, and comfortable stylish furniture throughout.

The house sleeps 6 (one queen sized bed, one king sized bed and 2 single beds), and includes airconditioning, a wood burner, and a well equiped kitchen.

Bay of Islands Cottages


Prices from $180 to $300 per couple

Our private beach, 7 minutes from Russell.

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For a memorable stay in Russell choose from one of our three unique stylish cottages. All are on one level, are self contained and have wide sunny decks with sea views over our quiet waterfront and bay.

We are situated just 7 minutes from Russell village but within a special enclave of garden and seashore where many rare birds such as kiwi live in a protected environment.

• Free wifi
• A gourmet breakfast featuring fresh produce from our organic garden and orchard.
• Evening dining by prior arrangement
• Well equipped kitchenettes in all cottages
• Totara cottage has a separate king(twin) bedroom
• Nikau cottage has s separate queen bedroom
• Plum tree cottage is studio style with a queen bed.
• An extra adult or up to two children can be accommodated in each cottage
• Tiled bathrooms with shower, hairdryer and toiletries
• Totara cottage is designed for disability or ease of use by older guests
• Free use of kayaks and rowboat for exploring our bay or fishing.
• Safe off street parking

Just around the bay you will find Russell village with its restaurants, supermarkets, colourful history, swimming beaches and opportunities for adventure activities on the water.
English, Japanese and French spoken.


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