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Donkey Bay Inn

38 Long Beach Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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Operatic, artistic, iconoclast, sensual and enigmatic are just some of the words that have been used to describe The Donkey Bay Inn. As you enter through the intriguing garden tunnel and come out into the inn’s private courtyard, we are sure you’ll find your own words for the unique and wonderful world of Donkey Bay. Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breath-taking views at every turn. There is only one Donkey Bay Inn...
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Beach
Patio
Free shuttle or taxi services
Spa
Car park
Bar / lounge
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Adults only
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Private beach
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Minibar
Electric kettle
On-demand films
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
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Luxe Executive Travel wrote a review Jul 2021
Torquay, Australia38 contributions2 helpful votes
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Donkey Bay Inn is a private secluded home away from home. Each of the 4 luxury guest rooms have balconies looking out onto Donkey Bay and the private naturalist beach. The resort showcases amazing, bright artwork and furniture and each room is decorated with its own unique pieces. It's perfectly situated just 5 minutes from Russell Town Centre, rich in history, featuring New Zealand's oldest operating restaurant. Included in your stay at Donkey Bay Inn is a vintage Rolls Royce with driver for your transfers to and from dinner in town. The heated floors in the main dining, living area are a lovely touch on crisp mornings while you enjoy your coffee and delicious breakfast prepared by your hosts. Everyone is so kind, courteous, welcoming and helpful with any questions about the property, town and its surroundings. It truly was one of the most magical places I have ever stayed at and I will be back again to soak in the spa perched on the cliff edge!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Katie wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions9 helpful votes
We ended a short Northland trip with a two night stay at Donkey Bay Inn. From the direction instructions to the walkway to the beach this is a different place to stay. The setting is special. Quiet and a world away - just what we needed. The welcome and the hospitality is warm, friendly and helpful. The rooms amazing and different. I'd love go back.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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cocopops1971 wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland, New Zealand114 contributions74 helpful votes
We stayed in the Emporer's Suite for 2 nights for an 0 birthday celebratory weekend. Amelia and Brooke are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The Inn itself is eclectically unique in all the right ways - more is definitely more! Go by yourselves and meet new people or book the whole place for 8 of you - you definitely won't be disappointed and there are surprises around every corner :) Already saving up for our next stay. Thanks again for having us.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Joellejag wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
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Donkey Bay Inn is beyond exceptional and we were fortunate enough to spend two nights here. From the moment you park up and head into the property you will notice how incredible the architecture and exterior/interior design is. It is nothing like I have seen before. Antonio (the Italian owner) really has an eye for design and has put a lot of love into this property. We stayed in the Emperors suite and it had a great flow to it. The staff are super friendly and welcoming. They go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay. Breakfast is served overlooking the bay and a great way to start the day. There was a big variety foods such as fruits, cereals, eggs, avo, antipastos, spreads, juices, teas and coffee so you really were spoilt for choice. Antonio joined us for breakfast both mornings and he is just so sweet! It makes a different staying somewhere where you can connect with the host and get to know them and the property. There is a big history and heartwarming story behind this spot. There is plenty to do here- Walk down to donkey bay whilst checking out the sculptures and crystals Antonio has collected, have a sauna or bath over looking the beach, grab a book from the library and relax in the seated areas, or head into town for some yum food! Donkey Bay also offer a Rolls Royce to dinner as apart of the stay. Talk about royalty! I couldn't imagine anywhere else to spend my birthday. Cannot wait to come back, thank you girls & Antonio xx
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Date of stay: June 2021
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ARTOFTRAVEL123 wrote a review Jun 2021
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Warm, inviting, exquisite attention to detail and a story and drama to immerse yourself in the art of luxury and relaxation. Beautifully appointed rooms, luxury bathrooms and a view and private Bay to simply wile away time. The staff relaxed, discreet, so friendly and accomodating, in every way. Sumptuous breakfast and stunning sunrise and sunsets to bathe in the panorama.Generosity towards guests with art and thoughtful gestures to enjoy. Spa and sauna to relax. From all my travels around the world this place beats any hands down. Did I mention the Rolls Royce at your disposal to dine out. Thankyou Thankyou!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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msbali wrote a review Jun 2021
Perth, Australia47 contributions7 helpful votes
Not sure how to describe this property. The views were incredible, but the accommodation was not up to par. The furnishings are definitely "quirky" a style that may interest some but for us it was definitely not worthy of the price they charge. Old and needs a refurb. There is no soundproofing and you can hear everything. Lack of curtains in the rooms = lack of privacy. Some of the design choices were interesting to say the least. Breakfast very nice.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Saperavi wrote a review May 2021
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This place truly invites to revel in 'the art of the sweet doing nothing'. The view is simply mind blowing and the location amazing. Built into native bush, a short stroll down the hill brings you to the beach. Lovely, caring hosts made our stay perfect.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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KeelyM wrote a review Apr 2021
32 contributions2 helpful votes
We chose to celebrate a significant “0” birthday here and it was simply spectacular - the stunning views were matched by the gorgeous mansion and the wonderful hospitality by Amelia, Brooke and the team. We stayed in the amazing Emperor’s Suite, while the kids stayed in the funky DB5. So much to see and appreciate in every room. If ever you want to have an experience that is beyond special, this is the place. And grazie molto to Antonio, we’re taking you up on the recommendation to try the ‘naughty’ room next time!! Thanks so much, KBC&C xx
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrew J wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand44 contributions7 helpful votes
Thanks Brooke and Antonio, this is such a special piece of the world and we were glad to share it. We only did a quick trip up from Auckland this time but it won’t be our last, amazing location, superb accomodation with a library you could spend a year in. Thanks again Andrew and Regina
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 7 Mar 2021
Thank you Andrew and Regina for your beautiful review, we loved having you both stay with us and look forward to seeing you up here again! Kindest Regards, Amelia and the team at Donkey Bay
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Penny H wrote a review Feb 2021
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Thank you to Donkey Bay and Amelia, Brook and Antonio for making it so Special for us on our 1st Anniversary. Can't believe it is a year ago since our Perfect Wedding on the beach and reception in Donkey Bay with close family and friends. We will be back again, soon.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 7 Mar 2021
Thank you Penny & Paul! We loved having you back up here even if it was just around the corner from home! Hope to see you for your 2nd year anniversary! Kindest Regards, Amelia, Brooke and the rest of the team at Donkey Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Donkey Bay Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (1.2 km), Flagstaff Hill (0.9 km), and Christ Church (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Donkey Bay Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hone's Garden, The Gables Osteria & Enoteca, and Duke of Marlborough.
Is Donkey Bay Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Russell.
Are there any historical sites close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pompallier Mission and Printery (1.2 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (4.8 km), and Flagstaff Hill (0.9 km).
Does Donkey Bay Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.