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Donkey Bay Inn

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Outdoor spa bath
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Overview of Donkey Bay Inn

Donkey Bay Inn

5 out of 5

5.0/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out
38 Long Beach Road, Russell, 0202

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLong Beach4 min walk
  • Popular LocationRussell Christ Church16 min walk
  • Popular LocationFlagstaff Hill4 min drive
  • AirportKerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands)56 min drive

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About this area


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

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) - 56 min drive


  • Diggers Restaurant - 14 min walk
  • Hell Hole Bagels - 15 min walk
  • Crusty Crab - 15 min walk
  • Tuktuk - 15 min walk
  • Koko's Kitchen - 15 min walk

About this property

Donkey Bay Inn

4-star lodge near the beach
A bar/lounge, dry cleaning and a library are available at this lodge. 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. Guests will appreciate conveniences such as sitting areas and free tea bags/instant coffee, while Smart TVs with cable channels and Netflix provide a bit of entertainment.
Donkey Bay Inn offers 4 forms of accommodation with iPads and a safe. Rooms open to balconies. This individually decorated accommodation has separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Smart televisions come with cable channels and Netflix.

Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


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

Parking and public transport

  • On-site parking available only on request
  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

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


  • Library
  • No lifts

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Down duvet
  • Heating
  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Premium bedding


  • Bathrobes
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • TV channels
  • iPad
  • Netflix
  • Smart TV

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Individually decorated
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Soundproofing

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - 8:00 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 - 8:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from 16 September 2021 to 30 November 2021 (dates subject to change).

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

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

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 may be 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 and on-site parking
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector

We should mention

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

National rating

Qualmark® assigns an official star rating for accommodation in New Zealand. This Boutique & Lodge property has been rated 5 stars.
Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®

Property is also known as

Donkey Bay Inn Russell
Donkey Bay Russell
Donkey Bay
Donkey Bay Inn Lodge
Donkey Bay Inn Russell
Donkey Bay Inn Lodge Russell

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 22 out of 23 reviews
5 - Excellent 96%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 23 reviews
4 - Good 4%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 23 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 23 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 23 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Handrail needed on steps to the beach. Maybe a Spa Pool. Lock on room door would be nice.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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.
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Eclectic and magical
Antonio, Amelia, Tosca and Anita are lovely, generous and very hospitable hosts. Donkey Bay Inn is a one off peak experience -it's operatic, visually sumptuous, and serene while at the same time oozing non intrusive conviviality and friendliness. We had a truly wonderful stay and came away from this special place feeling rejuvenated!
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020