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1 room, 2 adults

Donkey Bay Inn

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38 Long Beach Road, Russell, 0202, New Zealand

Upscale beach guesthouse in Russell with bar/lounge
  • Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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  • Antonio, Amelia, Tosca and Anita are lovely, generous and very hospitable hosts. Donkey…Feb 10, 2020
  • Our stay at Donkey Bay Inn was amazing! It met our expectations and more! We highly…Feb 15, 2019

Donkey Bay Inn

from NZ$895
  • Skyfall Suite
  • Emperor's Suite
  • Tosca's Room
  • DB5 Suite
  • Exclusive Use of Donkey Bay Inn

What’s around Donkey Bay Inn


  • Tapeka Point - 1 min walk
  • Long Beach - 4 min walk
  • Russell Christ Church - 16 min walk
  • Russell Beach - 16 min walk
  • Russell Museum - 17 min walk
  • Pompallier Mission - 19 min walk
  • Flagstaff Hill - 25 min walk
  • Tapeka Point Historic Reserve - 40 min walk

Getting around

  • Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands) - 56 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 4 rooms


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • New Zealand may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (15 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free onsite self parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Bar/lounge
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Separate sitting area
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Smart TV
  • Netflix
  • Cable TV channels
  • IPad
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Donkey Bay Inn’s small print

Also known as

  • Donkey Bay Inn Russell
  • Donkey Bay Russell
  • Donkey Bay
  • Donkey Bay Inn Russell
  • Donkey Bay Inn Guesthouse
  • Donkey Bay Inn Guesthouse Russell


This property does not have elevators.

Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve rollaway/extra beds and onsite parking. Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for NZD 150 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Donkey Bay Inn

  • Does Donkey Bay Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Donkey Bay Inn does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Donkey Bay Inn?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Donkey Bay Inn?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Are pets allowed at Donkey Bay Inn?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Donkey Bay Inn?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Donkey Bay Inn?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Diggers Restaurant (14-min walk), Marina Cafe Opua (6.4 mi), and Nikau Restaurant (9.4 mi).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 10.0 From 22 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Location is incredible and each room special. The staff are amazing and interested in chatting. Love the two outside baths and view. Great touch of having a free glass Of wine each evening. Recommend to stay for a special occasion.
Ross, au3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Stunning location, with staff who make you feel like you’re at home. Interesting and incredible building. As awesome as anywhere you’ll find in the world.
Sarah, au2 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Could be much better
The hotel is spectacular however we were not made to feel special at all, they even tried to take more money from us even though we had prepaid. For the price we paid we expected better.
gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Donkey Bay Inn has ruined other hotels for me. The staff were so lovely and down to earth. The owner Antonio, together with a designer and staff has transformed a family home into an astonishingly beautiful and quirky inn. We felt so at relaxed and welcome to wander around in an opulent paradise. We will certainly be returning.
gb3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Amazing location, property, staff, amenities, and rooms!
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Eco friendly luxury accomodation
Truly wonderful accomodation with Amelia & Antonio who were absolute the best hosts you could imagine. A must do visit up north and do not miss your opportunity to stay here.
Mark, au2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Totally awesome. Relaxing, beautiful. Splendid host. Highly recommended.
Peter, au2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Surreal mix of eco and neo classical architecture with a hint of whimsy make this property, perched on a cliff side with expansive sea views, a unique and memorable experience.
au1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
The Inn is spectacular in terms of view, service, decor, breakfast, and oh, did I mention service!? It is one of a kind and 7 star world class. Dislike.... uh.... the toilet seat was not soft close?
au1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Spectacularly special
Magnificent from beginning to end. Amelia is a joyous, warm and accommodating person who makes Donkey Bay feel like home (the most beautiful home you could ever want).
Peter, us2 night family trip

Donkey Bay Inn