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Hananui Lodge Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This place has got to be one of the best motels in the country. The location is perfect:- Out the unit door, and you are on the beach. Just wander around this delightful little town, and take a ferry ride across the bay to Paihia for a wander around the shops there.
The unit was so clean, easy to use, and well stocked with amenities. Hosts, John and Rongo do a wonderful job, and the free wi-fi was a bonus. The restaurants are all around you here, and you can dine somewhere different every night. Top marks to Hananui, we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Thanks to all previous Hananui Lodge guests who posted their Russell reviews on Tripadvisor and to other Russell researchers - you will not be disappointed in Hananui Lodge water front units.

Our four day Easter break @ Hananui Lodge could only have been bettered by a seven night one in this beautiful spot in the Bay of Islands.

A fishing trip with John is a must. I think he might have 12lbs snapper on a string out there!

Next time we will charter the boat to just pootle about all those wonderful little islands that make up this Kiwi paradise!

Many thanks John and Rongo.

Room Tip: We chose the upper level unit on the Parade for views of the bay. Perfect!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Stayed with the family (total 2 adults and 2 boys) at the Hananui for 3 nights in the second half of March 2014. The accommodation (we had a family suite on the second floor facing the Bay) was good with all the standard facilities (incl. unlimited WiFi) and amenities. Impeccable condition and well maintained. The location is fantastic with a) great views b) quiet c) everything you need i.e. choice of restaurants, supermarket etc. basically within 5 mins walking distance. The hosts, John and Rongo, are splendid; they have extensive local knowledge and made sure we had all the required information needed to make the most out of our short stay in Russell. One of the absolute highlights of our 2 week trip to NZ was a fishing trip with John. His calm, friendly and knowledgeable approach made this really special. The sashimi of our (sizeable) catch was the icing on the cake. In short, this is the place to stay if you are heading to the fantastic Bay of Islands.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We were lucky enough to spend three nights here in a sea view unit and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The unit was beautifully furnished, in great condition & scrupulously tidy. The owners John & Rongo were friendly & helpful and we loved the kayaks and spa. The comfortable accommodation, stunning view and proximity to the main restaurants and wharf made for a very memorable honeymoon.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

After two months touring, five nights in Russell's Hananui Lodge was a perfect close to our trip. It was centrally located, clean, spacious and well-maintained, with a well-equipped kitchen and an exceptionally comfortable bed. Simple things like the comfortable reading chairs and lots of space in the bathroom for cosmetic bags make a unit feel so much more homey!
John gave a very informative overview of the local sights and history. We loved Russell; the small-town ambiance with interesting history and safe beaches nearby. The car ferry was very efficient but gave a little buffer from the heavy tourist traffic of Pahia. It was wonderful to hear the lapping of waves from the unit, and to have a good selection of restaurants and cafes such a short walk away. Fantastic finish to our trip! Thank-you!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in the 2 room apartment. It is a great location and well equipped apartment, not the cheapest, but probably the best of our trip. John and Rongo are fab. John was extremely helpful on our arrival and with no bias helped us plan places to see, eat and visit. Anyone going to Russell.. book here!

Room Tip: Even if you do not get a sea view apartment do not be put off. The apartments are clean, tidy and ve...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We stayed for 8 nights in one of the Hananui Lodge apartments, which was ideally located on York street across from the main lodge. It was a top floor apartment which was very well appointed with a balcony overlooking the Main Street and Local Museum. Complete with fully fitted kitchen, comfortable lounge area, king size bed and air conditioning, we could find no fault. The three floors of stairs albeit no problem to us may be a problem to some. Secure garaging on the ground floor was also an advantage.

Stayed: March 2014
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Additional Information about Hananui Lodge Motel

Address: 4 York Street, Russell 0242, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Price Range: £66 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hananui Lodge Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hananui Lodge and Apartments! Hananui Lodge is located right on Russell's waterfront with unobstructed sea views and the Hananui Apartments are situated on Russell's main road, only 100 metres away from the water's edge. Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway accommodation, a holiday of action and excitement, or somewhere special to take the family - Hananui Lodge and Apartments can accommodate your every need. Your Hosts, John and Rongo are locals of the area and will make you feel welcome, so much so that you won't want to return home. ... more   less 
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