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“What a greatbase to see the Bay of Islands from”

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Ounuwhao Harding House
Ranked #5 of 20 Russell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
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107 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“What a greatbase to see the Bay of Islands from”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

This place has charm, ambience, beautiful well appointed rooms and fantastic breakfasts.
The house is lovely. The rooms have everything you could want.
The hostess makes the most amazing breakfasts. There was different cooked food every day. The range of freshly baked bread, muesli, home preserved fruit and jams was stunning.
Then place was a short pleasant walk from the centre of Russell.
Russell is a world away from the craziness of Paihia.
Don't miss the chance to stay here.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cumbria
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed in the cottage of the grounds of this B&B. It was beautiful, well furnished and comfortable, with Its own private area with Sun lounges and picnic table. The lounge had beautiful views of the bay. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and Marylin left tasty treats in the cottage for us. For our last day we booked in for breakfast. It was a wholesome treat, setting us up for our journey ahead. Homemade bread, muffins, preserves , fruit AND a cooked breakfast with fresh juice.
Ideally placed for a gentle one k walk into beautiful Russell.
Couldn't rate this accommodation highly enough.

Room Tip: The cottage had a comfortable double bed with en suite, another bedroom had 2single beds with own ba...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zimmerman, Minnesota
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed at the cottage for three days over the Christmas holiday . Lee and Marilyn were the perfect hosts! Marilyn came over with a fresh baked Christmas fruit cake that was delicious ! She hosted a traditional Christmas dinner for all us guests away from home. Fantastic!! It was so relaxing, CLEAN, quaint with all her homemade quilts, and walking distance to town. A must stay if you're coming to Russell.

Room Tip: The cottage was perfect for a family where you have a full kitchen to prepare meals.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Where to start? We had seen much of New Zealand on previous trips but never been to the Bay of Islands or Russell. Ounuwhao Harding House and our hosts Marilyn and Lee beat our already high expectations hands down: the house is beautiful, spotless in every respect, surrounded by lovely gardens and feels very welcoming. The breakfasts prepared by Marilyn are simply incredible!

We stayed in the garden suite which is spacious, gives lovely privacy but allows access to all the amenities of the main house, including the honesty bar. Sitting on the veranda and just slowing down into a holiday rhythm with a book and a glass of wine is heaven.

It is an easy 10-15 minute walk to Russell's harbour front, with access to the frequent Paihia passenger ferry, good restaurants, cafés and shops (including 2 supermarkets and a post office).

A wide range of trips and activities in the Bay (including sailing, dolphin and whale watching, fishing) as well as land-based tours on the peninsula and all parts of Northland can be booked with departure from Russell or Paihia: Kauri forests, 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are many more delights are all easily accessible. Marilyn and Lee are knowledgeable and will help you with planning your trips.

Lovely walks, short or longer, can be started right from the doorstep. Our explorations led us e.g. through beautiful landscapes to a winery (a tip from Marilyn), lovely tranquil Long Beach (a very short stroll) and flagstaff hill, on the north side of Russell.

At the end of every day we came back happy and the best was still ahead: the joy of being home away from home and looking forward to a comfortable bed, and waking up to the prospect of Marilyn's breakfast treats and another day in paradise!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed at Marilyn's beginning of january for a couple of nights. Her house has a unique history, and all the decoration pieces are beautiful and carefully picked. Breakfast is delicious, all homecooked, even the bread. It is definitely a B&B like no other in NZ. We could see that the hosts are working very hard to make their guests' stay excellent. A must if you are in Russel, which is a charming town to spend a couple of days to discover bay of islands.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

My wife and I stopped at OHH in Russell for three nights as part of our NZ trip. We were greeted by Marilyn and Lee and provided with home made cake and hot drinks after our long car journey. We were treated to three very individual and thoughtfully prepared breakfasts at a big happy kitchen table, where we sat with other guests and Marilyn in the Kitchen making sure we were well fed!
The property was like nothing we had every stayed in before and was unique, if you go to Russell, we can highly recommend you stop here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Guildford
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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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Property: Ounuwhao Harding House
Address: 16 Hope Avenue | Matauwhi Bay, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ounuwhao Harding House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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