Where to start? We had seen much of New Zealand on previous trips but never been to the Bay of Islands or Russell. Ounuwhao Harding House and our hosts Marilyn and Lee beat our already high expectations hands down: the house is beautiful, spotless in every respect, surrounded by lovely gardens and feels very welcoming. The breakfasts prepared by Marilyn are simply incredible!
We stayed in the garden suite which is spacious, gives lovely privacy but allows access to all the amenities of the main house, including the honesty bar. Sitting on the veranda and just slowing down into a holiday rhythm with a book and a glass of wine is heaven.
It is an easy 10-15 minute walk to Russell's harbour front, with access to the frequent Paihia passenger ferry, good restaurants, cafés and shops (including 2 supermarkets and a post office).
A wide range of trips and activities in the Bay (including sailing, dolphin and whale watching, fishing) as well as land-based tours on the peninsula and all parts of Northland can be booked with departure from Russell or Paihia: Kauri forests, 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are many more delights are all easily accessible. Marilyn and Lee are knowledgeable and will help you with planning your trips.
Lovely walks, short or longer, can be started right from the doorstep. Our explorations led us e.g. through beautiful landscapes to a winery (a tip from Marilyn), lovely tranquil Long Beach (a very short stroll) and flagstaff hill, on the north side of Russell.
At the end of every day we came back happy and the best was still ahead: the joy of being home away from home and looking forward to a comfortable bed, and waking up to the prospect of Marilyn's breakfast treats and another day in paradise!
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