We spent 3 nights here as part of our honeymoon and were really impressed by all aspects of the homestead.
The owners Chris and Michael go out of their way to provide a welcoming, comfortable home from home with fresh coffee and cookies as soon as we arrived.
We stayed in the 'Retreat' room which is an enormous room furnished with natural materials overlooking the duck pond and rare plants and birds which live there.
Inkeeping with the strong emphasis on a natural, organic environment, the complimentary skincare products are locally produced, as are all the treats in the complimentary mini-bar.
Breakfast is also fantastic - loads of freshly baked, homemade goodies and a glass of local bubbles to top it all off.
The hosts were also very helpful making suggestions and reservations for local restaurants and attractions.
This place is also a must for anyone who enjoys wine. One of the hosts, Michael, is a wine-journalist and has used his knowledge to amass one of the best cellars in New Zealand, and is also on hand to help make a selection from the wine list. Even better, they even gave us directions to the winery so we could drive up and collect a case the next day.
If you want relaxation and great food, this is without any doubt the place to get it.
Our only regret is that we didn't have longer to enjoy it. We'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known as the historic-listed First American Consulate in New Zealand, dating to the 1860's, this fully-restored, two-storey coastal Homestead is a peaceful, exclusive country residence with fine wine, renowned cuisine. Sequestered in fifteen acres of lawns, native bush and certified organic gardens, it looks across the sub-tropical Bay of Islands. Guests are accommodated in three distinctive, wood-paneled rooms all with separate entrance, ensuite bathroom, DVD, flat screen TV, wireless internet. Historic Russell is just 5 minutes drive around the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orongo Bay Homestead Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands