Overview of Donkey Bay Inn

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5.0 / 5Exceptional
17 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking
  • Bar


Explore the area

Popular LocationLong Beach4 min walk
Popular LocationRussell Christ Church16 min walk
Popular LocationFlagstaff Hill4 min drive
AirportKerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands)47 min drive

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Free cancellation on all rooms

You can change or cancel this stay if plans change. Because flexibility matters.

  • Skyfall Suite

    Skyfall Suite

    Room amenities

    • 59 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 3
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  • Emperor's Suite

    Emperor's Suite

    Room amenities

    • 94 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 3
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  • Tosca's Room

    Tosca's Room

    Room amenities

    • 40 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
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  • DB5 Suite

    DB5 Suite

    Room amenities

    • 39 sq m
    • Ocean view
    • Sleeps 2
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About this area


Located in Russell, Donkey Bay Inn is near the beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Christ Church are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Bay of Islands Marina and Paihia Wharf.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Long Beach - 4 min walk
  • Russell Christ Church - 16 min walk
  • Russell Beach - 16 min walk
  • Russell Museum - 17 min walk
  • Flagstaff Hill - 4 min drive

Getting around

  • Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands) - 47 min drive

About this property

Donkey Bay Inn

4-star guesthouse near the beach
A bar/lounge, dry cleaning and a library are available at this guesthouse. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a garden and a picnic area. All 4 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and iPads. For entertainment, Smart TVs come with Netflix, and guests can also appreciate comforts such as pillowtop beds and premium bedding.
Donkey Bay Inn offers 4 forms of accommodation with iPads and a safe. Rooms open to balconies. This accommodation offers separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Smart televisions come with Netflix.
Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a ceiling fan. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

Free self parking

Food and drink

Free continental breakfast available daily 8:00 AM–10 AM
1 bar

Family friendly

Dry-cleaning service
Soundproofed rooms


No lifts

Guest services

Daily housekeeping
Dry-cleaning service
Front desk (limited hours)
Luggage storage

Languages spoken



Picnic area


Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


Ceiling fan
Down comforter
Pillow-top mattress
Premium bedding


Free toiletries
Toilet paper


Smart TV

Food and drink

Free bottled water

Outdoor space



Iron/ironing board (on request)
Separate sitting area



Check-in between 2 PM - 9 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. <br />This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning.


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

  • Children 15 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 15 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 150 per night.
  • Cots (infant beds) are not available.

Payment types

American Express

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 150 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve rollaway/extra beds. Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector.

We should mention

Children aged 15 years old and younger are not permitted at this property.

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.
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Guest reviews



5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

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.

Stayed 3 nights in Jan. 2020

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Amazing location, property, staff, amenities, and rooms!

Stayed 1 night in Sep. 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

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.

Stayed 2 nights in Aug. 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Totally awesome. Relaxing, beautiful. Splendid host. Highly recommended.

Stayed 2 nights in Jul. 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

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.

Stayed 1 night in Jul. 2019