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“Fabulous start to our tour of New Zealand”
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Arcadia Lodge
Ranked #1 of 20 Russell B&B and Inns
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Lancashire
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101 reviews
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“Fabulous start to our tour of New Zealand”
Reviewed February 23, 2011

Having spent the last four days in Sydney for New Year, at a large 5 star hotel, it was great to receive a very warm personable welcome from our hosts David and Brad.

Their B&B is very well located only 10 minute walk into the delightful town of Russell and its great resteraunts (recommend Gables and Kamakura).

David & Brad have great tastes in decor, their breakfasts served on the deck with picturesque views over the bay are excellent.

Free use of computer/internet and David has lots of good tips for travel/dining (only if you ask which we found refreshing)

You won't be dissapointed in choosing Arcadia Lodge we had a great 3 night stay and loved the Bay of Islands, including a long drive to Cape Reinga and Moari treaty grounds of Waitangi

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

One of the best B&B that I've tried for now in New Zealand, the house is beautiful and so really clean and tidy, but it's the hospitality that give it something more...David and Brad are incredible owners with a care for little things that make you feel a special guest.
And their breakfast, especially if the wheater is good and we can sit on the deck, are unforgettable!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Canmore, Alberta
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Arcadia Lodge is a gem. Beautiful, charming historic property with great views, and a lovely deck from which to watch the views with a glass of wine. David and Brad are tremendous hosts who made us feel immediately welcome, and went out of their way to help us with trip planning and local restaurant recommendations. Enjoying their amazing breakfasts which featured fresh fruit, breads, yogurt and a different creative hot breakfast each morning with guests out on the deck was the perfect way to start out each day - in fact we'd rate the breakfasts at Arcadia as the best we had on our entire trip. The lodge is an only 5-10 minute walk from "downtown" Russell, where we found a few great restaurants, especially if you enjoy your seafood.

We are also glad to have found this place because of its location in Russell. We had originally thought of staying in Paihia, but are SO glad we stayed in the MUCH less touristy Russell. Russell is quieter, more quaint, more scenic and far, far more charming than Paihia!

Overall, our stay at Arcadia was one of the highlights of our month-long trip to New Zealand!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

Warm rooms is my only slight negative but this is more than corrected by David as an excellent host in this top quality B&B. NZ$ 195 for the good size, deluxe room up-stairs and agreed a reduction to NZ$ 240 for the suite on a 2nd night.

The suite is excellent with double aspect views out into the bay, coupled with beautiful woodland views to the right. Breakfast is excellent, changing daily. Ham, Egg and Capsicum puff pastry with home-made chutney was amazing.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

We stayed at the Arcadia Lodge for 2 nights in February this year, and can't believe it has taken me so long to write this review.
It is as great as all the other reviews make it sound - Brad and David (David in particular) are fabulous hosts, and you are made to feel so welcome in their wonderful home. The rooms are fantastic - very clean and comfy beds. Breakfast is also a highlight, with wonderfully fresh food and a different 'hot' selection each day that could be straight out of one of Nigella or Jamie's best cook books!
There is free internet access downstairs, which is handy. The B&B is only a short walk in to Russell at night - and there is a good hill up to the Arcadia Lodge on the way home, if you are keen to walk off those extra calories. There are some really lovely restaurants in Russell, where you can eat wonderful food and watch the sun set by the boat moorings.

Overall, a great stay - clean, great service, good value, great food. Charming. We thoroughly recommend!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2010

We stayed 4 nights at the „Arcadia Lodge” in January 2010.

Everything was perfect -the house is located at the beginning of Russell up on a little hill. We booked Ranginui Room in the first floor of the building. The room has an en-suite bathroom and a separate en-suite toilet. Large windows open towards the garden and neighbour house area. The room’s interior was very nice and everything was immaculate clean. Brad and David were wonderful hosts, serving a delicious breakfast every morning on the deck outside overlooking the water: fruit salad, yoghurt, toast, butter, jam/marmalade, honey and a “daily breakfast special” like toast with asparagus and cheese or tomatoes etc. We are vegetarians and our “daily breakfast special” was adapted to this. On the main floor, they have a lounge/living room area with some books and interesting information about the area and New Zealand, also an internet access for guests. The exterior of the lodge is a very nice garden area that you can walk through when you walk the 10 minutes into Russell town centre.

Taken together, we can highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

This is a beautiful century home, which David and Brad have restored to be even grander than before I'm sure. Classy, simple decor, wonderful sitting areas and lovely views of the harbour. We were in a small room with no balcony, but it was elegantly furnished and very comfortable.
David was very helpful with information about Russell and the area. It is walking distance to the charming and quaint village, and David gave us great tips about restaurants there. Brad was away, but appeared the morning we left, and was also very helpful and friendly
Thank you for a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arcadia Lodge
Address: 10 Florance Avenue, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arcadia Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arcadia Lodge is an historic (c 1902) house with magnificent views of one of the most beautiful bays in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. The style of the lodge is simple and uncluttered, the atmosphere relaxed, the breakfasts healthy and made fresh using local ingredients. Five rooms, four en-suite, one with private, non-sharing bathroom. The large front deck looks out onto the bay, perfect for breakfast or a wine at the end of the day. ... more   less 
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