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Striking architecture combines with modern decor in this hilltop B&B with expansive bay views. All three suites have their own outdoor spa, perfect for a romantic stay. Look forward to excellent breakfasts.
Opting for a breezy Spanish style, this tidy motel has well-kept units set among palm trees and lawns, with a swimming pool.
Offering quite astonishing views of the bay from an eyrie high above the township, Allegra has three handsome B&B rooms and a spacious self-contained apartment.
Simple, clean rooms with high ceilings and good linen, plus bikes, racquets, kayaks and two barbecues for guests’ use, making this a sociable choice.
Scrupulously clean, this refurbished motel has very comfortable harbourside units, plus a communal barbecue, a spa pool, and a cutesy lighthouse and water feature in the front garden.
Lodge Bordeaux has tasteful units with stellar kitchens and bathrooms (most with spa baths), private balconies and access to excellent wine. To get here, take Rust Ave and turn left into Western Hills Dr.
A 10-minute walk from Coopers Beach, this hillside lodge offers motel-style privacy coupled with B&B-style friendliness and food. Rooms have cable TV and facilities for making a nice cuppa...
Architecturally impressive, this place offers light, modern bedrooms, granite bathrooms and a big deck with bay views. The elegant pool, set between house and bush, is irresistible.
Just west of town, this nicely furnished motel has 14 units with well-kept facilities and ample parking.
Best known for its food and lush gardens, Wharepuke also rents five self-contained one-bedroom cottages hidden among the palms...
Built in the 1930s by an oddball Scotsman with an Asian fetish, this lodge features pagoda-shaped roofs grafted onto wooden cottages...
Taking up a fair chunk of beach, this is a large and comfortable camping ground with spotless facilities.
Surrounded by 14 acres studded with native forest and birdlife, this relaxed holiday park is around 3km from Russell after departing the ferry from Opua to Okiato...
It's all petals and no thorns at this stylish B&B, furnished with French antiques, luxe linens and comfy beds. The house has an art-deco ambience and awesome views.
Sheltered by hills and overlooking the beach, this friendly complex has a great location, good facilities, free barbecues and kayaks for hire. It also offers dive fills and PADI diving instruction.
This wooden homestead (c 1860) was NZ’s first American consulate, located a discreet 4km from Russell’s rabble. Accommodation is by way of three stylishly plush rooms in the converted barn facing a chocolate-box lake...
Sleeping two to eight people, these historic apartments on the Mangonui waterfront have loads of character, each one different but all with balconies, a sense of space and their own barbecue...
This hillside lodge offers natty units with balconies just begging for a relaxed sunset gin and tonic. Some have spa baths and bay views.
Bed & breakfast
Enjoy valley views from the spa pool of this slick, gay-friendly establishment. Yorke Rd is off Puketona Rd, just before the falls. Minimum stay of two nights; no children under 12.
Set on a farm 6km from town and right next to Abbey Caves, most other hostels look downright shabby compared to Little Earth...
Less a farm, more an orange grove, this quiet rural house 4km out of town sleeps just 12 people and is a cosy and welcoming place. Some newly refurbished cottages dotted around the property are also very good value.
Even the dorms at this excellent, large, purpose-built backpackers have attached bathrooms, bedding and lockers. Cow-print and red-leather couches make for a cool communal lounge...
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