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“Feels like home - with a great view”
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Pukematu Lodge
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Ottawa
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48 reviews
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“Feels like home - with a great view”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a beautiful property that overlooks both bays and the outside patio was a great place to hang out and relax. We enjoyed wine and discussion with other guests, and Kerry brought out home made dips and local cheeses for us to nibble on. The fresh flowers in the room was a classy touch as well. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable. The wifi was complementary and it gave us the opportunity to catch up with people back home....it felt like a bit of home.

The property is up on a hill but very close to town, which is quaint and relaxed. Colwyn was kind enough to tell us about the local sights and booked our boat tour. The local Wakes on site at their property were fun to watch as well.

The property is outstanding but it was Kerry and Colwyn that made it great. Their cooking and friendliness just topped it off.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Having just left Pukematu Lodge yesterday, we just had to write a comment on this site as to just how well we were looked after. The property is in a super location and few hundred meters from the village centre offering fantastic views 360 degrees. When we arrived we were informed that the owner, Colwyn, was away on business and his mother would be looking after us, she was an incredible hostess, nothing was to much trouble and the breakfasts were simply to die for! Her local knowledge was second to none. In short, this is a must visit property.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

IIt is some years since stayed at Pakematu Lodge. From making the booking arrangements to arriving and all during our stay, we were made to feel as if we were staying with good friends. The accommodation was wonderful and even after several years we still talk about Pakematu Lodge and our wonderful hosts. For any visitors to New Zealand our advice is don't miss out on a magical experience.
Carole & John
UK and Israel

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

Colwyn was our host at Pukematu Lodge, which is a beautiful 5 star Lodge.Both the room and food were excellent, and very relaxing. Colwyn gave us a very informative tour of Russell, and then a boat trip in the Bay Of Islands. We even caught a 20 pound King Fish ,which we had for dinner that night. The entire stay was excellent.Don't miss it.

Hank & Suzanne Croci
Savannah Ga. USA

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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leicester
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

We are a party of four adults spending five weeks in NZ - Pukematu Lodge was by far the best accommodation of our stay. Colwyn (and Mum!) were fantastic hosts - what a beautiful home and their welcome was outstanding. Fantastic views and mouthwatering breakfasts. Colwyn's knowledge of the area was spot on and he willingly arranged our dolphin trip. The afternoon "snacks" were most welcome when we returned from our days out and the rooms kept spotless - even beach towels were provided. Nothing was too much trouble and thanks a lot for the lovely memories of the Bay of Islands - we even had the sunshine!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Warwickshire UK
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We chose Pukematu Lodge for our wedding on Valentine's day last year. All I can say is that the website does not do it justice, we were totally blown away with the beauty of the place. We had booked the 3 suites for ourselves and our 2 children and their spouses, for 2 days, but none of us wanted to leave there, ever!
Colwyn is the perfect host and left us in his beautiful lodge that we were to treat as home, only to return to prepare a sumptuous breakfast the next morning. As a wedding celebrant, Colwyn has to be the best, he made our day so special and we couldn't have bettered it. What a lovely man, so gracious and humble.
Our stay holds a special place in our hearts, and if we could do it all again we wouldn't change a thing - except to stay for longer! We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Georgia
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

Colwyn was an excellent host. From a warm welcome to catching King fish, it could not have been any better.

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pukematu Lodge

Property: Pukematu Lodge
Address: Top Flagstaff Hill, Russell, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Pukematu Hotel Russell
Pukematu Lodge Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands

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