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Bay of Islands Cottages

92A Te Wahapu Road, Russell 0272 New Zealand
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Boutique waterfront cottages in Russell. Guests enjoy sea views from every cottage across the sheltered waters of our bay. Our luxury bed and breakfast is designed for couples, but children are also welcome. Have an authentic cottage stay experience in a location close to Russell but far enough away to enjoy natural quiet surroundings. Four eco cottages are set privately among tree ferns and landscaped organic gardens. A natural habitat for birds and part of our local safe haven for kiwi and weka. At the bottom of the garden is our private beachfront. Two kayaks, row boat and fishing equipment is available for guests to use. Bay of Island Cottages is a small New Zealand owned and operated enterprise. We have been welcoming guests since 2001 and are committed to quality and personal service. - A peaceful waterside retreat. Sea views from every cottage. - Free wifi - Gourmet breakfast included - Location close to Russell but far enough away to enjoy natural quiet surroundings.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Washing machine
Room features
Bathrobes
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Hidden Gem
Family
Languages Spoken
English, French, Japanese
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Magnanon16 wrote a review Feb 2020
Angouleme, France16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A fantastic location with lovely views to the oyster beds and hills beyond. The cottage was spotlessly clean and spacious with lovely decor. Jenny and Peter were truly wonderful hosts and the highlight of our stay was the lively conversations over a delicious breakfast, cooked by Jenny and served on the verandah of their house. We also indulged in a sharing platter one evening prepared by Jenny and brought to our cottage by Peter. It was the perfect end to a wonderful day in the Bay of Islands. We had such a fantastic time and we hope to be able to return one day.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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suznz2019 wrote a review Oct 2020
Napier, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you’re looking for peace, tranquillity, being right in the heart of nature, this is the place. Absolutely gorgeous warm wooden cottages, nestled in native bush and subtropical gardens, with chooks and wekas strolling around. Easterly facing, with beautiful views out over the bay and sun-drenched breakfasts out on the deck with the water shimmering beyond the bush. Peter and Jenny are wonderfully attentive hosts, who make this feel like home away from home and who are engaging and delightful to chat with. Lovely touches such as flowers creatively arranged, fine linen table napkins, tasteful art on the walls, home-cooked biscuits, freshly ground coffee ... Breakfasts are a feast and you won’t need lunch! An emphasis on fresh, organic, eco and sustainability. We have stayed in many B&Bs and this is the best.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Anwil51 wrote a review Oct 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand552 contributions306 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peter & Jenny have created a fantastic hideaway spot for people who want peace and quiet - except for the sounds of some native birds and the odd chicken or two! The cottages are not luxurious - but are very comfortable and have everything you need. They are surrounded by lush gardens and have a magnificently calming effect. I was planning to have dinner out in Russell on the first night but decided instead to buy takeaway fish and chips and simply sit on the deck overlooking the bay. Russell is about 7 minutes drive. Breakfasts are beautiful and enough to last the entire day.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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123mef wrote a review Feb 2023
Sydney, Australia3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location; with lovely views and pretty tropical gardens. Well worth the ferry trip to be close to Russell as opposed to Paihia. Ideal for couples with beautiful varied breakfasts cooked by Jenny and delivered by host Peter who is very knowledgeable about the area. Ideally located for lunch at Omata estate and lunch/dinner at Sage at Paroa winery. Both were amazing however forget dinner at the Duke of Marlborough, food is appalling. Just have a drink outside and watch the sun go down. Will certainly visit again and our thanks to Peter for the travel advice following the devastating cyclone and the resulting road closures.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lorna M wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester132 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful location with its own beach front. Comfortable, spacious apartments. Very friendly owners providing lovely breakfasts. Good location to visit Russell, oyster shop, winery.
Didnt want yo leave.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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bobgGloucester wrote a review Mar 2010
Gloucester30 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We selected Bay of Islands Cottages after reading the reviews. We would agree with all the comments made, clean, comfortable, good hosts, fantastic breakfasts,

Just a couple of observations to add.

The bush location does mean what is says, the mosquitoes are voracious at dusk, so no sitting on the veranda in the evening.
The view from the studio apartment attached to the house is largely blocked by a big tree.
The bay is tidal and the area is mudflats with an oyster farm highly visible at low tide.
Cooking facilites consist of two rings and minimal equipment.

That said, it is a great short stay B&B and we would use it again. Jenny and Peter are great hosts and we often spent most of the morning over breakfast. Jenny was very helpful in suggesting days out and Peter provided internet access when we needed it.
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Date of stay: February 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jesterdej wrote a review Feb 2016
Helsingborg, Sweden63 contributions36 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is lovely. The premises are beautiful with djungle-like greenery and a few friendly hens strolling around.
We got the Sea Breeze Cottage which is situated next to the hosts' house. The cottage looks just like in the pictures, it is a studio so it's not too big but very cosy, and the views are gorgeous. Everything is spick and span. You have your privacy day and night even if it is close to the other houses, the balconies are not door to door (but not entirely secluded either). Hosts Jenny, Peter and their son Stefan are extremely welcoming and friendly. There were delicious home made cookies in the cottage when we arived! There is equipment for fishing and kayaking, and they have a barbecue you can loan. The beach is just a 20 meter stroll from the cottage. We paddled to Russell, took maybe 30 min, no worries! (With car it's a 10 min drive there, 6 km.)
The kitchenette was small but has everything you need. There is no washing machine in the cottage but you may wash at the hosts' house.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pb o o wrote a review Jan 2012
Frankfurt, Germany4 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights there. Nothing to complain. Breakfast was outstandingly good. Peter and Jenny are exceptionally friendly hosts. The cottage was immaculate and spacey. We would have loved to stay longer.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Russell T wrote a review Jan 2016
Perth, Australia82 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved our stay at Bay of Islands Cottages, made especially pleasant by our hosts Jenny and Peter. We had two of the cottages for 7 nights during the Christmas period. Both cottages were very well appointed and included a lovely selection of CDs and books. We had wonderful views of the bay from the deck of the cottage, could even see the oyster farms at low tide. The breakfasts were superb, with something different every day, including tomato tarts, frittata, muffins and an array of other delicacies - all home-made. The cottages are ideally situated, very private and a short drive from Russell and also the car ferry. We had a delightful stay and would highly recommend that you contact Jenny and Peter for your next stay in Bay of Islands.
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not sit on the balcony talking after 10pm as the neighbour will complain.
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724jocelyn wrote a review Jul 2015
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our third visit to Bay of Islands Cottages and as always, a wonderful and relaxing atmosphere. The cottages are extremely well appointed, even to the extent of freshly home made biscuits and chocolates, and a fine selection of teas and coffee They are private and have stunning views. The breakfasts provided are outstanding. Fresh produce, much of it organically home grown, and a large variety of choice. We will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2015
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greypet wrote a tip Feb 2018
70 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All have good views and are quiet."
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Howard P wrote a tip Mar 2016
Comox Valley, Canada18 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are great, but book early."
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Russell T wrote a tip Jan 2016
Perth, Australia82 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not sit on the balcony talking after 10pm as the neighbour will complain."
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PRICE RANGE
$262 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bay of Islands Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Bay of Islands Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (2.9 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (5.3 km), and Flagstaff Hill (3.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bay of Islands Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Bay of Islands Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Bay of Islands Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bay of Islands Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bay of Islands Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Third Wheel Coffee Co., Terra Restaurant, and Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bay of Islands Cottages?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Japanese.
Does Bay of Islands Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.
Is Bay of Islands Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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