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Hananui Lodge Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Stunning place”
Reviewed 6 December 2009

Everything you could ask for - friendly hosts, very clean and tidy. Will be back for sure

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
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Brisbane
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50 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2009

Wonderful hosts, top rooms and facilities, picture postcard location, 100%

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2009

The Hananui sits right on the waterfront at the quiet end of Russell - not that Russell is noisy. The owners, John and Rongo, clearly take a lot of pride in the lodge and it shows in the level of cleanliness both within the rooms and the grounds. I have honestly never seen a hotel owner take so much time and effort to keep rooms so clean and tidy and to ensure that one's stay is as comfortable as possible and meets all expectations. John and Rongo are so friendly and obliging and my husband highly recommends going out on a fishing trip on their charter boat. John and Rongo are locals and know the local waters very well. If you can, book Units 9 or 10. They are beautifully appointed, have everything you could need and the view is to die for and the sound of the gentle waves upon the sand is like manna from heaven. We, and my parents, have stayed there many times and have never been disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2009

We stopped here for 3 nights in April 2009 after reading some good reviews from this website. Must say we were very, very pleased with the whole experience. Rongo and John, our hosts, were very helpful and nothing was any trouble. Very clean and spacious apartment, built only 3 years ago. Private, secure parking (not that you need it in Russell).

Check out the old church opposite with grapeshot bullet holes from a skirmish in 1840!
Have a walk up to the flagstaff that was hacked down 4 times by the Maori chief, get a thrill on the mackattack boat (book with Rongo or John).

Best restaurant is Kamakura, by far. Very yummy food and ambience.

Fish and chip shop serves fresh blue nose.....very tasty. Cafe on the waterfront is good, as is the Marlborough Hotel.

All in all brilliant.....you will not be disappointed.

Keith and Kathleen....Perth, Australia

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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christchurch nz
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2009

I stayed for 3 nights in one of the Hananui Apartments. It was extremely well looked after, impeccably clean and well maintained....they say its 3 years old but it really doesnt look 6mths old.
The room we stayed in was a studio apartment, which was very comforatable and quiet, and situated across the road from the main lodge. It had full kitchen facilities which looked great, but we chose not to use them...too many great meals to be had on the waterfront! The bathroom had a great shower and was so clean.

It had secure undercover parking under the complex

I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in Russell, it was great..

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Tadley, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2009

Having read recent reviews, it makes me wonder whether I missed something. Yes, the position is central; yes, there are great views; yes, the rooms are large, clean and comfortable, and yes, the owners are very helpful. I just feel that Russell is such a unique and wonderful place, and Hananui wasn't.

I had booked based on Trip Advisor advice, but modern motels in the middle of historic towns aren't perhaps for me. The location is very central - lots of restaurants within walking distance, and a very good place for breakfast immediately opposite on the main street. It's easy to get to the booking office for the ferries and day trips by boat, and there are a number of rather good small shops for buying gifts to take home.

Hananui Lodge itself had all mod cons, and the owners very kindly finished off my laundry for me while I was out at dinner, so I'm covered in guilt at writing this. However, in a 3 week tour, mostly relying on Trip Advisor recommendations, this one just didn't hit the spot.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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63 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2009

Great location - we had a beautiful waterfront view to wake up to every day, and everything (cafe, restaurants, shops) is between 1-5 minutes walk away. Public path a few yards from door (in front of unit) but that was no problem. Several people commented what a lovely spot we had as we sat out having an evening drink and they strolled by. Comfy, spacious living area, spotless kitchen area and a great shower. Bedroom could have been bigger but really no big deal - too busy soaking up the views from our outside terrace. John and Rongo were really friendly and a great source of information. Had 3 nights on this trip and, after lots of travelling, took the time to completely chill out. What a perfect place to do that. We will definitely be back and for a longer stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hananui Lodge Motel

Property: Hananui Lodge Motel
Address: 4 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Russell
#3 Family Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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