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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.
Prices from $200 to $350 per couple
Matauwhi Bay,Russell. Bay-of-Islands, Northland. N.Z.
OUNUWHAO is a unique, heritage, heart Kauri homestead, relocated from the West Coast, opened in 1992, after extensive restoration.
Our Guestlodge looks directly to Matauwhi Bay, a sheltered anchorage for yachts, and alongside a grassed reserve, bordered by 80 year old Norfolk pine trees.
Wrap-Around verandahs allow guests to sit and relax and take-in the tranquil waters of the Bay, whilst enjoying complementary afternoon tea/supper or a glass of wine/beer.
Four luxurious guest rooms with ensuites, claw-foot baths and separate showers, are decorated in traditional wall papers and tiles; offers every home comfort, whilst enjoying the best of linens and modern bathrooms.
Seperate GARDEN SUITE offers s/king bed with spa bath and private verandah over-looking the cottage gardens and roses in summer-time.
No cooking facilities, but with sink, bench, fridge and micro-wave for a simple meal or snack.B/fast is included.
WELCOME each new day with a delicious home cooked breakfast like no other: Fresh juice, Granola or Bircher Muesli, fresh seasonal fruits from our orchard/organic gardens, freshly baked bread/muffins, jams from our orchard trees, freshly percolated coffee and teas, followed by a YUMMY daily special.
Ounuwhao is a great spot to investigate Russell.
Prices from $180 to $300 per couple
Our private beach, 7 minutes from Russell.
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.
Prices from $275 to $350 per couple
Bellrock is 400 m away from the waterfront.
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.
Prices from $195 to $320 per couple
Auckland 3 1/2 hours, Kerikeri Airport 1 Hour, Ferry 9kms
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.
Prices from $135 to $175 per couple
Aimeo = 2 minutes from ferry landing, up the hill and left into Okiato Road.
“ Aimeo Iti” : Spacious, comfortable Studio apartment on the ground floor in subtropical garden offering King Size bed, 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 do not see the sea 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 Strankorb ( beach basket)
“Aimeo Huahine”: Upstairs self-contained Balcony Suite with lovely sea views offers Queen size bed, tea & coffee making facilities, microwave, dining table, outdoor furniture on your private balcony. In the bathroom you find shower, bathtub and toilet. A small hallway offers storage for your luggage. All linen and towels supplied.
Free Wi-Fi and free off street parking.
A short stroll through the bush leads you to an almost private swimming beach and the Okiato to Russell walkway starts right at your doorsteps.
Russell Township is a 9 min drive away with its historic sites, shops and restaurant for all your needs. All excursions on the water start right from Russell Wharf.
Just around the Corner in James Clendon Place you find the historic site of first Government house, but all burnt down, only the site and the well is still visible and preserved.