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“Excellent stay in a beautiful village” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hananui Lodge Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent stay in a beautiful village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Having just relocated to Auckland we were really keen to explore the Bay of Islands. We stumbled across Hananui online as we wanted to see Russell having heard so many great things about it. After a lovely friendly welcome we stayed 2 nights in the lodge with a view of the harbour. The lodge suite was exceptionally clean, tidy and super comfortable and has all the necessary essentials for a short break away. It's also in such a great location to all local amenities and restaurants- you are literally seconds away from it all. John and Rongo are very friendly and welcoming, and have an exceptional knowledge of the area. We borrowed a couple of kayaks one morning and paddled around the harbour to some of the more remote beaches John had recommended. We also made good use of the on site hot tub. Would highly recommend Hananui to anyone and we will definitely will visit again.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Leaving the Hananui is always difficult, but I always console myself with the fact that I will return. That I've been returning there for almost 20 years speaks volumes about the Hananui. It's right by the waterfront in the historic town of Russell and the sound of the waves on the shore is incredibly therapeutic - especially if you are sitting out on one of the balconies armed with a glass of New Zealand wine! Rongo and John are excellent hosts and are infallible sources of information on what's hot or not in the Bay. I always book one of their first floor units overlooking the water to make the most of their location. Russell faces west across the Bay, so you get great sunsets. As others have mentioned, the Hananui is seconds away from a range of excellent restaurants but I'm equally happy with a simple meal produced in the unit and consumed on the balcony. I've just spent four nights there and am already making plans for my return next year...

Room Tip: Go for one of the four waterfront units - you won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Roxheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stay a few days at Hananui Apartments and it was awesome. A greate place to be with perfect service by John and Rongo. Both are very kind and helpful ! Also the smal town Russel is absolutly nice. We never forget the sunset dinner at the seasite...

Room Tip: Room are absolutly clean, comfortable, large and modern decorated.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

We loved to stay here. We had a patio room and we were happy to have immediate walking access to the shore and all the best restaurants. The whole villa was super clean, modern decorated, the bed was super confortable, nice bathroom and great friendly service. I would stay again if I visited in the future.

Room Tip: Patio is good if you have heavy bags as the parking spot is in front of your room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Spent two nights in this fresh and well equipped accommodation by the sea. Great spot with access to everything within walking distance. The rooms were clean and well appointed and the hosts were friendly. We had a balcony suite as it was the only available for two nights. It was perfectly comfortable with a view of the ocean from the balcony. The only slight criticism is that the walls of the units are a little thin and you can hear the people in the next room talking at night. It didn't detract from the stay.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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York, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

My husband and I arrived without a booking in this lovely old town of Russell. After a walk to oreintate ourselves we went back to Hananui, it just looked fresh, clean with superb position. The managers were very friendly, not at all pushy but there to help and give advice if needed about what to see, where to eat etc. We had a first floor room overlooking the ocean, it was just perfect.

The rooms are well equipped with microwave, utensils etc so a family could easily self cater. We had a double bed room, sitting/kitchen area and there was also a twin bedroom.

We only intended to stay one night, but could not resist a second. Our only regret was that we did not use the spa! Can thoroughly recommend it, Russel is such a lovely place and the Hananui made our stay there perfect.

Room Tip: Rooms at the side could be hot, more air flow at the front facing the sea.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Russell is a beautiful location, well worth the visit if you go to the Bay of Islands area in New Zealand. The hotel is in the heart of the small town overlooking the bay. It is very close to the main pier where various trips around the island start from, just a few minutes walk. The accommodation is very clean and very presentable. However the hotel is divided into two sections across the main road. Make sure you book the main hotel which is on the beach side, but few rooms have a direct view over the beach. The rooms across the road are quite new and have everything you want, but you will hear through the walls which was disappointing. The owner is also very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for him to organise. Overall I would say a good place to stay for a night or two if you are touring North Island NZ

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hananui Lodge Motel
Address: 4 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Russell
#3 Family Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hananui Lodge Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hananui Lodge and Apartments! Hananui Lodge is located right on Russell's waterfront with unobstructed sea views and the Hananui Apartments are situated on Russell's main road, only 100 metres away from the water's edge. Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway accommodation, a holiday of action and excitement, or somewhere special to take the family - Hananui Lodge and Apartments can accommodate your every need. Your Hosts, John and Rongo are locals of the area and will make you feel welcome, so much so that you won't want to return home. ... more   less 
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