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Donkey Bay Inn

Donkey Bay Inn

Russell, New Zealand

Unique and eccentrically styled to show the incredible panoramic views which make this a special place to stay, Donkey Bay is designed to ensure guests leave having enjoyed a memorable experience. Four guest bedrooms, of varying proportions and styles, have expansive decks overlooking the bay with a variety of seating options in the living room, library and courtyard. Golden gates adorn the driveway and you will need to contact reception from the driveway buzzer or use an access code to enter.

The beach can be reached from the property however it is on a steep cliff so can take five to ten minutes to reach, via an interesting sculpture garden that many guests choose to stop and relax in. Part of the beach below is naturalist, however stripping down is entirely optional.


Whilst the design and features may not suit everyone’s tastes, the view and location certainly will impress. For the right travelers this would make an incredible highlight to a New Zealand adventure.


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Each of the four rooms is decorated eccentrically, but all have a king-size four-poster bed, a spacious en suite bathroom with a large Italian bath or a spacious shower and panoramic views of the ocean from a large balcony.


Donkey Bay Inn sits on the edge of a cliff near the town of Russell and overlooks the Waitata Bay. In Russell, you can enjoy a wide variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Paihia where you have even more shops and restaurants to choose from along with the Waitangi Treaty House and Museum.

Food and drink

Continental breakfast is served daily in the dining room or on the outside deck. Alternatively, you can take the complimentary shuttle into Russell to enjoy one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes around the town.


Not suitable for families unless renting the property as an exclusive use.

Facilities and activities

At the Donkey Bay Inn, you have an inviting outdoor courtyard dotted with olive trees, a private beach, a spa, and a sauna that you can use during your stay.


Only the Emperor’s Suite is wheelchair accessible.

Tour ideas in Russell

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Donkey Bay Inn as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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