Donkey Bay Inn, Bay of Islands

Donkey Bay Inn commands wide-ocean views from a gated, private peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, a short walk from the centre of the historic township of Russell.

Donkey Bay Inn commands wide-ocean views from a gated, private peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, a short walk from the centre of the historic township of Russell. Designed by maritime architect, Gary Underwood, its ecologically responsible form sits in total sympathy and harmony with its environment.

Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breath-taking views at every turn.

The four exotically styled rooms feature wide views of the bay, balconies or terraces, private relaxing areas, and deeply comfortable luxurious beds. Be entertained with Netflix or TV on demand and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The estate produces all its own electricity and is a peaceful, safe sanctuary for those wanting to escape the wider world. There are two extraordinary sandy beaches within easy walking distance. With its soaring eight-metre ceilings, the Sitting Room & Bar offers a feast for the senses. In winter, gather around the over-sized, castle-like tiled fireplace, and in summer open up both sides of the room to let in the cool sea breezes. Defined by wood and water, the Inn’s library has aged leather armchairs under atrium-height walls of sailing ships and flags. Linking the bush and the sea is a broad, sheltered, almond-shaped terrace, shaded by olive trees. A secluded and tranquil place to relax any time of the day or night.

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