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“Incredible food, stunning location, fantastic wine - what more can you want?!”

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Orongo Bay Homestead
Reviewed 24 November 2008

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!

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Reviewed 21 November 2008

My sister and I enjoyed four marvellous days at the Homestead. Luxurious rooms in an idyllic setting, a beautiful house tastefully decorated, and excellent meals. Clive's attention to detail and genuine concern for our wellbeing were outstanding.

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Reviewed 24 March 2007

We stayed four nights in the Oyster Bay room of this lovely B&B. This
room is upstairs in the main, historic old building and has a nice view of the large lawn and gardens and a bit of a view of nearby Oyster Bay. This room is excellent. Beautifully done, great king bed,
nice sitting area, large bathroom. If you are so inclined, there is a large collection of CDs and DVDs to use in the room. Hosts Chris and Michael are very nice. Michael in particular is totally into and can supply a large selection of top NZ wines. Breakfasts on the pleasant verandah are excellent and include a glass of bubbly. They will put on a gourmet dinner on request although we didn't try them on this. Laundry is done at $30 per load and there is an iron in the room.

It is a five minute drive into the delightful small town of Russell which has a selection of very good restaurants, most of which are on the waterfront. Tired of restaurants after a long trip, one night we bought pizzza in town and brought it back to the Homestead and ate it on the verandah, accompanied with a nice wine that Michael chose.
Highly recommended. Definitely not for the budget-challenged.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 45 Aucks Road | Orongo Bay, Russell 0272, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Russell
Price Range: £140 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Orongo Bay Homestead 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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