Tel No: +64 27 240 9109
Total Guests: 8
Rate (NZ$): $475-$1260
Rate Sheet A: 2020-21
Rate Sheet B: 2021-22
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Access: 50-minute flight from Auckland to Bay of Islands then 40-minute drive to Russell via Opua vehicle ferry from Paihia. Few minutes walk to Russell
Everything you never expected. Soulful, eccentric, vibrant and deeply inspiring, and recently awarded the World’s Most Eco Friendly Hotel, its spectacular setting overlooks the stunning Bay of Islands.
Enter through the curved canary-yellow tunnel that emerges into a the courtyard garden enclosed by a pink wall that reflecting light back into the building. This broad, sheltered almond-shaped courtyard is shaded by olive trees and provides a relaxing haven to enjoy a private wine tasting.
The Sitting Room and Bar feature soaring ceilings, eclectic furnishings, and spectacular artworks – in summer two sides of this room open to the sea breezes.
The free-standing curved library is defined by wood and water; books abound and cool summer breezes waft garden scents through a double set of French doors opening to the garden.
Four exotically styled suites and rooms feature wide views of the bay. Balconies or terraces offer private spaces to relax, four-poster beds to luxuriate and spectacular ensuites with organic toiletries. Imagine full-height walls of glass opening to your private grassed area with views to the bush and bays. Bathe in your tiled bathtub gazing at the sea views.
Silver Service Morning and Afternoon Tea, including a selection of fine loose-leaf teas, and lodge baked treats. Served in your room, the library, the lounge or the olive draped courtyard.
Sustainably cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away. The estate is fully energy efficient producing its own electricity.
Walk down to the private naturist beach, or head to Long Beach. The bay provides a beautiful spot to swim and relax on the white sand.
Chauffeur drive transfers by vintage Daimler limousine are complimentary. Arrive at your restaurant in the historic township of Russell.
The estate features its own vineyard producing natural and conventionally vinted vines, an olive grove, beehives, chickens, organic vegetable gardens, and self-sufficiency in water and power; the inn is practically a self-contained luxury ecosystem.
This unique inn with its extensive artworks is really not suitable for children.
Recent Trip Advisor comments
“Everything about Donkey Bay Inn was amazing”
“Eclectic, visionary, unique, architectural features, with sustainability at its core and staff who really care – just loved it”
Completely breathtaking! This place is utterly enigmatic with the most friendly welcoming staff