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Ounuwhao Harding House

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4.5 of 5
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16 Hope Ave | Matauwhi Bay, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 20 Russell B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Thank you Lee and Marilyn. We were very privileged to spend 2 nights in such a lovingly restored old home and to experience your hospitality. The tip to go on the Hole in the Rock trip was a good one Marilyn - Anne and I had a great time. Thank you also for the 5 star breakfasts. Great start to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

A charming B & B within a few minutes drive to the lovely town of Russell, New Zealand. Our hosts Marilyn and Lee were extremely friendly and served a delicious breakfast. The rooms are old style traditional with your own private bath and a communal refrigerator available for guests. Sadly we only had one night here and could have easily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Run by Mr & Mrs Nicklin this lovely House is set a 10minute stroll from the village of Russell which is on the waterfront. The Hosts are extremely pleasant ( As it seems all New Zealanders are ! ) The rooms wonderfully old style traditional. Very comfortable and Breakfast is a pleasant surprise having a Nicklin twist from Mrs Nicklin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I stayed here during my NZ roadtrip and liked it immensely - the only thing that akes away one point is the distance from the town center, but still, it is only a 8-minute walk. Lee and Marilyn were absolutely awesome and friendly, the place was great and traditional, yet eerything worked, including the wi-fi. Andrew and Lynn, than you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Ounuwhao is just a 10-15 minute walk from Russell and you don't miss anything by staying here. The building isn't an original Russell structure but historically it is similar and extremely well reconditioned and maintained. It's the perfect setting for a stay in Russell. Your hosts are friendly and welcoming, offering a generous breakfast and any help you might need.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were lucky enough to spend two nights with Marilyn and her magnificent labour of love. This house has a soul and you can feel it the moment you walk in the door. We stayed in a rear bedroom near the guest lounge and main kitchen and it was extremely comfortable and quiet from even the very small amount of... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a gem. An old villa transformed into a boutique B+B with a variety of accommodation options including a self-contained cottage. We stayed in a stand-along suite with amazing quilting everywhere (all done by Marilyn), a really comfortable Californian-King bed, a lovely verandah in the sun to sit, read and watch the (very peaceful) world go by and terrific... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Such a beautiful place to stay, in such a beautiful part of the world. I was so impressed with the house and how it has been so beautifully restored, and decorated by our hugely creative host. My partner and I stayed in the main house this time. The room was beautifully decorated, a really good size and had a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a place we can highly recommend. We really appreciated being in such a beautifully restored old villa. The hostess was warm and helpful and provided a wonderful breakfast, which included home made yoghurt, preserves and jams. Better than any cafe breakfast. The only thing we would like to have had is an electric blanket on the bed or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is our 3rd stay at Ounuwhao. I have stayed in the Main house with my daughter and some friends, the Garden Suite for our Anniversary and now Calvert Cottage as a family. There are no words to explain the calm that settles upon me when I arrive here each time. It is a true escape into a fairy tale...the... More 

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