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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 $220 to $340

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. Upstairs you will find the spacious guest lounge/dining room which has SKY TV, fully equipped bar and barbeque facilities. Our delicious generous servings of Continental or choice of cooked breakfasts should keep you going till dinner.

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.

Genevieve's on Du Fresne


Prices from $100 to $180

Drive over the hill to Tapeka, turn left at the bottom into Du Fresne Place

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Within metres of Rocky Bay which is suitable for kayaking, snorkelling and fishing, or watching the dolphins frolicking in the bay. Just 3 minutes walk will take you to a sandy beach safe for the whole family to swim. The historic township of Russell is just 2 km away with plenty of cafes and restaurants that caters for all tastes including the Duke of Marlborough Hotel on the waterfront for fine dining, Thai restaurant, Indian restaurant and many others to suit your tastes and budget. Historical features include the Christ church the first church built in New Zealand, Pompallier Mission and printing works that survived the sacking of the township in 1845 by Hone Heke. Also on the hill is the flagstaff that was chopped down by Hone Heke with a panoramic view of the Bay of Islands.
Activities include a range of cruises in the Bay of Islands including swimming with the Dolphins and Hole in the Rock cruises. There are kayaks also electric bikes for hire
Russell is central to many excursions including a trip to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach, visits to Kerikeri and the Stone Store, Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, Kauri Forests and many more attractions of the Far North.

Tarltons Lodge


Prices from $300 to $450

Paihia, Northland, New Zealand

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Tarltons Lodge Bed & Breakfast is situated on a hill immediately south of the beaches, restaurants and town of Paihia, and commands a 170-degree panoramic ocean and island view. The Lodge is only a ten-minute walk to central Paihia, providing quick access to all local amenities, yet assuring an escape from any hustle and bustle. At the Lodge, there is a complete absence of any traffic noise, where a tranquil silence pervades, interrupted only by bird song. Each of our three guest rooms, have their own exclusive hot tub and breakfast table on a private terrace, opening onto this magnificent ocean view, which on arrival, literally takes your breath away.
The ocean view from Tarltons Lodge is unrivalled, and is visible through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows, from inside your room, and from the hot tub and the breakfast table on your terrace. We are the only luxury accommodation in Paihia, of which all rooms can boast a combination of an indisputably spectacular ocean view and a private hot tub.
Each morning we provide a generous and delicious breakfast on your terrace. The opulent furnishings in all three guest rooms display an elegant intimacy, with king and super king size beds and the best quality linen. Tarlton's Lodge offers you the ultimate haven to relax and re-energize. Our services are meticulous and invariably exceed the guest's expectations as our TripAdvisor, and Expedia reviews testify.

Villa Russell Bed & Breakfast


Prices from $185 to $320

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

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Welcome to Villa Russell in the Bay of Islands, Northland, a unique boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in the oldest town in New Zealand. We your hosts, Sue and Stephen Western, have lived in many beautiful areas of New Zealand including Auckland, the Marlborough Sounds, and now finally have found our favourite place to call home, Russell. We have travelled widely and had some unusual adventures so know what travelers have come to expect when visiting this beautiful place.

Russell abounds in History being the first capital of New Zealand and Villa Russell is an elegant historic villa dating back to 1910 where records state “In 1910 two substantial villas were built.” The villa is totally constructed of Native Kauri and Rimu with Matai wooden floors.

The new guest cottage is built to the same design as the villa and both buildings have fabulous views over the bay. You will most likely be entertained by tuis, weka, wood pigeons and other native birds at breakfast, which is generally served al fresco on the verandahs to make the most of this perfect little part of New Zealand.

From the minute you wake in your superking-size bed looking out over the bay until you sit on the verandah, wine glass in hand watching our magnificent sunsets you will feel you have arrived in paradise

As an optional extra join Stephen on Kingfisher or Kama Lua for a day sailing – the most awesome way to see the Bay of Islands

Pentire Bed and Breakfast


Prices from $150 to $250

Russell 6mins, Paihia 15mins, Kerekeri 45mins, Whangarei 75mins. Beach 3minswalk

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We invite you to join with us in our family home on the edge of a reserve, and with views across the Pipiroa inlet and beach.
Your bedroom is situated on the ground floor with its own entrance, deck and BBQ.
En-suite of generous size, Toaster, kettle, fridge. free WIFI, TV with Netflix and internet capability, video. Settee and dining table. Air conditioning. Very private.
At high tide fish can be seen jumping and terns diving. At low tide, herons and other wading birds. In the distance, a few mangrove trees nestle beside a stream, beyond that a small woodland largely undisturbed. So as dusk falls, the calls of native birds can clearly be heard.
In Russell, A plethora of cafes, gift shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. Just across the water, Pahia can be reached by ferry. Likewise the pleasure boats that give access to the bay and the islands, also the thrills and spills of game fishing and paragliding, diving and all other water activities.
For those wishing to venture further afield, Kerikeri is about 40 mins drive away across the Waikare inlet by car ferry. Kerikeri is a growing town. Here you will find large supermarkets, butchers, banks. Also the historical sites of Rewa’s Village and the Stone Store. From Okiato the whole of Northland can be easily reached. Cape Reinga and Waipoua Forest famous for Tane Mahuta estimated to be 2,000 years old.
Closer to the property, local walks and two beaches within a 5 minute stroll. Breathtaking views, peaceful setting.

Bay of Islands Cottages


Prices from $180 to $300

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.



Prices from $300 to $350

MATAUWHI BAY,RUSSELL. Bay-of-Islands, Northland. N.Z.

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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.

BnB Whangaruru


Prices from $170 to $230

30kms South of Russell, Bay of Islands

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All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a smart TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The ensuite bathroom includes free toiletries, bathrobes and a hairdryer. Three of the rooms have queen beds and 1 room has a King bed. Each room has access to the deck with their own table and chairs overlooking the harbour (our guests enjoyed relaxing with a glass of wine on the deck in the evening).

Guests are welcome to relax in the lounge which has panoramic views of the harbour as well as the surrounding hillsides back to the Russell Forest.

Breakfast is served in the dining area or at the 2 large tables on the deck and consists of fresh milk from our cows, homemade butter, yogurt, jams and honey to go with our fresh eggs and bread made daily. Cereals and a cooked option are also available.

Dinner is available by prior arrangement.

There is ample secure and free guest parking

There is plenty to do and see in the area such as body surfing (boards supplied free of charge), harbour fishing (extra charge) hiking both forest and coastal, kauri trees and many secluded beautiful beaches as well as the historic places such as Waitangi and Russell to visit.

Guests are welcome to roam the property via the tracks and can also come and meet the animals such as alpacas, horses, goats and pigs.


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