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Ounuwhao Harding House
Ranked #5 of 19 Russell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 October 2013

Marilyn and Lee made us most welcome in their beautiful home. They provide well for their guests, peaceful pretty gardens, a pleasant guest lounge and comfortable bedrooms.
The breakfast is plentiful and stokes you up for the day. Eating at the same table as other guests feels more like a house party than a guest house which is a welcome change.
The only slight disadvantage for us is that we felt cold, but as we had recently come from a much warmer climate we may not have adjusted. If you feel the cold take some warm clothes but don't let that put you off - it's lovely

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

First time in Russell and extremely happy with the accommodation at Ounuwhao Harding House, and will certainly be returning. Amazed at the level of service and the friendliness of Marilyn and Lee. Marilyn's breakfast will not disappoint anyone, and will not leave you hungry. The house is incredible and the history behind it is great to take in, also the story around how the house was moved to it's current site is really something. Would highly recommend to all looking for a really lovely place to get away and relax, plus nice and close to Russell town center - just around the corner.

Zak Kerrigan

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Just got back from a long weekend in Russell staying at Ounuwhao and feeling so relaxed and refreshed. We stayed in the cottage which was like a home from home with everything you could possibly need. When Marilyn showed us round I just fell in love with the place ... definately my kind of house. Fresh flowers from the garden in every room and a lovely welcome message on the chalkboard as we walked in ... a bottle of wine in the fridge, some home baking just for us and an invitation to help ourself to fruit from the trees in the garden. Going on holiday with children you are sometimes worried about how child friendly a place will be but we had no worries here .. Marilyn has thought of everything ... toys and books in the lounge and cuddly toys in the bedroom. Mr 4 didn't want to leave and he is not easily pleased so thank you for everything we hope to be back again.

Room Tip: All rooms were lovely with nice outlooks
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I was invited to attend a corporate mid winter celebration at the Ounuwhao Harding House. What a delight this place is. In every luxurious room are patchwork quilts and decorations galore. Marilyn is the most hospitable hostess and her home made cooking is amazing. The gardens and surroundings are stunning. I thoroughly recommend this bed and breakfast. Its ideal for corporate get-togethers, families, couples and those travelling on their own.

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Russell is a stunning place to stay in the beautiful Bay of Islands . The Ounuwhao Harding House is in a perfect location just a short stroll from the centre of Russell and also from a lovely unspoiled beach (Long Beach).The house is full of character with every convenience imaginable but what made our stay so special was Marilyn. She cared for our every need and her breakfasts were simply fabulous - each one was a delightful creation. Fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hopeave, Owner at Ounuwhao Harding House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Many thanks Sheila and John. LOVED having you to stay and so glad you enjoyed your whole Russell Experience.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Our company had a mid-winter xmas function at Ounuwhao Harding House. Marilyn and Lee served us exceptional hospitality and food! They were very accommodating with our needs and requirements which resulted in everyone having an awesome weekend. The setting was a beautiful, warm character house with gorgeous surroundings. We couldnt have wanted for anything. We highly recommended this venue. Wendy and Barry.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Absolutely amazing food & hospitality in an historical NZ home. Very clean tidy, well presented home and it was a pleasure to be able to stay and enjoy the friendly atmosphere in such amazing surroundings.

My wife and I recommend Ounuwhao Harding House to all kiwi's and travellers - excellent value for money.

Mark & Aroha (NZ)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hopeave, Owner at Ounuwhao Harding House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Great that you had such a good time here and I think we ALL enjoyed the friendly camerarderie and we will hope to see you all again some time.

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Additional Information about Ounuwhao Harding House

Address: 16 Hope Avenue | Matauwhi Bay, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range: £147 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ounuwhao Harding House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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