Due to COVID-19 we are closed. We will remain closed until we return to Level 1.



Here’s what some of our guests had to say on Trip Advisor…

Dolce far niente...

This place truly invites to revel in 'the art of the sweet doing nothing’…

The view is simply mind blowing and the location amazing…

Lovely, caring hosts...

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Saperavi - 25 May 2021

Spectacular everything

…it was simply spectacular - the stunning views were matched by the gorgeous mansion and the wonderful hospitality…

…If ever you want to have an experience that is beyond special, this is the place…

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KeelyM - April 2021

Unique luxury

Eccentric concept and decor making it a fun and exciting destination.

Best and most luxurious bath I have ever had. 

Would love to visit again.

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Lilumaro - February 2021

Didn’t want to leave!

Completely breathtaking!

This place is utterly enigmatic with the most friendly, welcoming staff.

The most amazing continental breakfast and most importantly great coffee. 

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Stacey B - July 2020

One of NZ’s greatest!

One of the greatest hotel experiences in New Zealand…

It combines modern chic cheek and infinite nature with irresistible luxury. 10/10 Outstanding.

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EarnesTaster - Feb 2021

Wonderful experience...

The lodge is simply stunning and words won't do justice to the beauty, scale, art, and the views. It is just perfect, and somehow combines the luxury and grace of all the design and art with a feeling of simply being 'at home.'

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David6303 - Jan 2021

Donkey Bay Wonderland

The breathtaking outlook to the Bay of Islands, the architectural detail, the quirky art collection & the lively, personable energy of the staff... makes it truly difficult to leave.

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Lindy G Davis - Dec 2021


Absolute perfection. Staff were amazing!

The acommodation is quirky, unique and beautiful. Hospitality, cleanliness and overall energy of both the staff, owner and building was flawless. 

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Ashley D - Nov 2020

An incredible visit

Each room is different and magical. We loved the Emperor Suite with wonderful sea views and amazing 4 poster bed.

It seemed that everywhere we turned there was something of beauty.

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Victoria S – Nov 2020

relax and indulge

Donkey Bay Inn is exactly as it looks on the website, incredible views, art, decor, style and definitely lots of surprises like being dropped to dinner in a classic car!

Amazing hospitality... we didn't want to leave!

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Lisa Toi - Oct 2020

Excellence all round

There are plenty of surprises waiting for anyone lucky enough to stay at this hidden gem, so close to Russell, yet completely isolated and off-the-grid.

Any fantastic hotel needs fantastic hosts... and everyone was just lovely.

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Gavin Smith – September 2020


... the team at Donkey Bay Inn you feel at home from the moment you arrive until the sad moment when you have to leave. 

I get suspicious of reviews that sound too perfect but it really is that good.

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Jasp99 – September 2020
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