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“I could have stayed forever”
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Bellrock Lodge
Ranked #1 of 19 Russell B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This may have been the most wonderful place I have ever stayed. The unit was beautifully decorated and immaculate. The view was spectacular. Our host and hostess were so welcoming and helpful that we never wanted to leave. We were traveling with my 89 year old father and Peter and Lorraine were so accommodating to his needs, offering to help wherever they could.
He still talks about the interesting conversations he had with them. I would make the trip to Russell just to be able to stay here again. It is enough of a destination in and of itself.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Mackieblue, Owner at Bellrock Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2013

It was great having you all here at Bellrock Lodge. And your Dad had an interesting and full life which made him good company as well. If I can remember correctly I think it was from you that I got the remedy for tooth ache of garlic and olive oil which I have since passed on to other people. Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. Both Peter and I wish you all a blessed 2013

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed with Peter, Lorraine and Sharka (their beautiful black lab) for 3 nights last week and what a spot, the best views in town, genuinely warm and caring people, who will arrange anything to make your stay perfect and it really is just a few minutes from the village. They got me hooked on Oysters too! The location is excellent as is the accommodation and it really did feel like home from home. Don't worry about the dog comment - he only came out to say hello when we asked to see him as we love dogs! The following day we drove to Auckland and checked into an apartment for a night and we both felt that we wanted to be back at Bellrock. It would be our pleasure to recommend Bellrock to anyone.

Room Tip: They are all the same with fab views too!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed with Peter and Lorraine for 4 nights the last week of December completeting our 4 week trip to New Zealand. Bellrock was by far the best accomodation of the 14 places we stayed in. First of all, the service and hospitality was amazing. Lorraine and Peter are both perfectly suited for this. They represent the sincere, warm attitude that reflects what hospitality is all about. We arrived late after a very long drive and were immediately greeted and invited to their cocktail hour with the other guests. They were not concerned about doing the check-in paperwork, but how we were feeling and making sure that we were settled in. They offered their services for the local excursions and other advice on how to enjoy our stay. The rooms are well appointed with new furnishings.The views are wonderful--am or pm--especially sunset. Everything is within walking distance, but you are far enough away from the crowds to enjoy the Russell charm. We will definitely return and stay with Lorraine and Peter. They also have a wonderful Black Labrador Retreiver, Shaka, who is extremely well behaved and stays in his own part of the grounds, but loves to play catch if you are available!!

Room Tip: The rooms are all facing the harbor and have equally good views. However, room #4 is at the end on...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hugely hospitable owners, and lovely room with an amazing sunrise view out over the water to Paihia. We were in a rush to get to a friends wedding, and the owner kindly hosed down our car to get the road dust off of it before we went so that we wouldn't dirty our Sunday best. When does that ever happen!

The room was really well presented, big, lovely bathroom. All in all an excellent place to stay, just wished we could have spent more time there

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We booked for two nights but delayed our return to Auckland another night because we enjoyed Bellrock and it's owners Lorraine and Peter very much.
Thier hospitality was outstanding and the lodge was modern and comfortable with great views of the bay from the balcony.
The evening cocktail hour was an extra special touch that allowed us to meet and enjoy the company of other guests at the lodge while enjoying fresh oysters and NZ green lip mussels along with many other canapes.
Peter even loaned me his GPS after my rented unit failed in order for us to find our way to Kauri Cliffs golf course.
If Northland NZ is in your travel plans I strongly recommend Bellrock Lodge in Russell.

Room Tip: All four rooms have the same view.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We had a lovely five day stay at Bellrock Lodge. The cleanliness and general presentation of our unit was excellent and the view from our terrace was fantastic and a delight at all times of the day and night. Lorraine and Peter was generous and most enjoyable hosts with their drinks evenings and helpful hints on places to visit or where to have dinner. We would certainly like to come again to Bellrock Lodge and to the charming village of Russell.

Room Tip: All rooms were great.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bellrock Lodge in Russell. From our hosts Lorraine and Peter, who were incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable, and who helped us plan our trip, to the quaint, immaculate and modern room. All rooms in this hillside lodge have a spectacular view of the Bay of Islands from a balcony, which we took advantage of each night at sunset. We are also very happy that we chose to stay in Russell, a quaint town, instead of Paihia. It is a perfect jumping-off spot for exploring Northland. The lodge is only a 5 minute walk from the waterfront and the ferry dock.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Additional Information about Bellrock Lodge

Address: 22 Chapel Street, Russell 0201, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range: $187 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bellrock Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For the best views in Russell come to Bellrock Lodge. We are on the hill overlooking the bay and the lovely village of Russell. The village and wharf are only a 5 min stroll away. At Bellrock you will have luxury en-suite rooms with private entrance and French doors leading out of your room onto your private patio. Each room has: Freeview TV, DVD player, Radio/CD/iPod dock, air conditioner, fully equipped kitchenette and either twin beds (2 singles) or a super king. Guest lounge for the exclusive use of our guests has a well stocked bar and barbecue facilities on the adjoining patio. We have off street parking and laundry facilities. Please note our rates are "room rate only", a substantial breakfast is available on request. ... more   less 
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