Little Donkey Bay

Historic Russell


Surrounded by nature

Located in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Little Donkey Bay is about 45 minutes drive and ferry ride from Kerikeri Airport. It’s around three and a half hours drive from Auckland and a 20 minute passenger ferry ride from Paihia or a 10 minute car ferry from Opua. There is also a helipad on site for those who want to fly in.

The property is just 5 minutes from the centre of Russell township, but with a gated entrance, mature native plantings and a 180-degree panoramic sea views, you could be miles from anywhere. The tranquil setting, beautiful birdsong and whisper of the ocean combine to create a relaxed feeling of total escape.

For those who are feeling social, or want to take advantage of the gourmet eateries and local vineyards, there is plenty on offer.


Something for everyone.

Enjoy Bay of Islands, Hole in the Rock or Cape Reinga from the air with a wonderful scenic plane or helicopter flight. Or take one of the fabulous cruises into see dolphins or whales as they frolic in their natural environment.

You are spoilt for choices of nearby forests, reserves and marine parks and also by close proximity to a number of world renowned golf courses, an absolute must for passionate golfers.

Feeling like an easy day? Russell was the first port and capital of New Zealand and is steeped in history. Visit the local museum, NZ’s first tannery and printer or soak in the many examples of early colonial architecture.

fabulous cruises

Dolphins & Orca Whales

The Bay of the Islands is known for its abundant marine life. Choose from a wide range of cruises to see dolphins and orca whales in their natural habitat, try your hand at sailing or take a diving or fishing charter.