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Ounuwhao Russell Bed and Breakfast Bay of Islands
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Indulge in luxurious, seaside accommodation at Ounuwhao. We are alongside a grassed reserve bordered by century-old Norfolk pines, opposite picturesque Matauwhi Bay - a favourite mooring-place for yachts. Ounuwhao is a short two-minute drive or a casual 10-minute stroll to Russell village.

We offer superior B & B accommodation in four queen rooms, two with extra single bed - all with en-suite or private bathrooms.

The two front rooms feature their own washstand and have French doors opening onto the verandah and conservatory area, with sea views.

All bathrooms are decorated with old-fashioned, hand-painted 'Georgian' tiles and have showers and toilets; two also have a claw-footed bath.

Staying in our guestrooms will take you back to a different era. Each room is decorated individually, with hand-made patchwork quilts, brass beds, and fresh flowers from our garden. The lodge rooms ooze charm and offer a tranquil nights sleep, whilst every attention to detail is taken care of.

Enjoy the comfortable lounge, with tea and coffee available all day, television, magazines, a wide selection of books and the daily newspaper. Relax in our guest lounge or enjoy a book or cup of tea on our wide-sweeping verandahs, in the conservatory, or surrounded by flowers in our cottage garden, whilst enjoying the ever-changing water in the bay.

Breakfast is served daily for in house and Garden Suite guests only between 8.00 and 9.00 am in our dining-room. Sit around our large farmhouse table and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast which might include:

  • fresh fruit salad or fruit platter
  • home-made bread or muffins
  • fresh orange juice
  • sour cream and pear pancakes or orange oatmeal pancakes
  • waffles with peaches and passionfruit cream
  • Ounuwhao's special Russell French toast with fresh fruits and Greek yoghurt
  • smoked salmon & scrambled egg in a tortilla wrap, baked in oven
  • zucchini & feta fritters with grilled bacon & honey/mustard dressing
  • ham & egg 'cups' on hashed browns with slow-roasted tomatoes, served with hollandaise sauce
  • freshly brewed tea and percolated coffee, freshly baked bread/toast, home-made baked goodies
  • home-made jams and preserves

The Cottage does not include breakfast

Your host Marilyn says,

"I LOVE to cook and breakfast is a very special occasion @ Ounuwhao.

I make all the jams/preserves from fruit grown organically in the cottage orchard.

The organically grown vegetable garden supplies much of the vegetables and garnishes used in preparation of the Special cooked dishes served daily.

Freshly baked bread using recipes I have written myself, is also made into toast.

Bircher grains, seeds and nuts soaked in apple juice with a fresh apple added in the a.m. and finished with a little yoghurt or cream is a real treat: served most days along with my own low-fat homemade yoghurt. If you enjoy good food, you will certainly find sharing b/fast around the large kauri timber dining table a really enjoyable experience."

Bed and Breakfast in house and Garden Suite


This front bedroom has a lovely kauri washstand with hot/cold water over the basin, and has a private bathroom just steps across the hall with both claw footed bath and separate shower.
This bedroom opens-out onto the front verandah with double French doors and has the use of the conservatory.
It also has an extra single bed which can be used for a third person or as a twin.


Queen bedroom with ensuite. This is the original Nursery of the homestead, with a little doorway connecting the maids room, now used as the ensuite bathroom.
A smaller room, ideally suited to single travelers, but also accommodates a couple very neatly.
Features kauri ceilings and polished wooden floors.
This room has a window box in the window.


A delightful queen bedroom with beautiful bay window and great sea aspect, opening-out on to the front verandah with double French doors.
The ensuite bathroom has both a claw-foot bath and separate king size shower. The bedroom also has a washstand in the room.


A very large queen bedroom with extra single bed and ensuite bathroom with shower only. The guest room features a Kauri timber wash stand reminiscent of an era where important guests had a washbasin in their bedroom.
This room features kauri ceilings and polished wooden floors with original ceiling rose.
It has a garden view, and is on the quiet-side of the house.


Featuring a super-king bed with ensuite, this suite detached from the main house with both peace and private from other guests.

The large, roomy suite has a sofa and chairs for total relaxation.

The bathroom features a spa bath with shower and a washstand.

The kitchen area with bench, sink, fridge and microwave allows a simple snack to be prepared. It has no cooking facilities as such.

The Garden Suite opens onto its own verandah with outdoor seating in the garden.

Self-contained Holiday Accommodation
The cottage is set on its own section with two double bedrooms, one a king bedroom and the other a twin bedroom.

The king room has a new ensuite bathroom with double basins, sunken bath and a separate shower. It has a pohutakawa theme in the tiles, embroidery in the towels and in the sand-blasted glass.

The second bedroom has twin beds that can be made up into a s/king bed on request. It also has its own bathroom.

The kitchen is fully equipped for four people and there is an automatic washing machine in the laundry. Breakfast is not included.

The cottage is both quiet and private from other guests.

There is outdoor seating and a barbeque for guest use in the garden.

The cottage is ideal for 3-4 people travelling together or a family.


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GPS: -35.265761,174.128188

This accommodation is available as part of on of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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