Long Bay Beach , Russell, New Zealand
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Donkey Bay Inn New Zealand’s Secret Hotel

Donkey Bay Inn hotel is New Zealand’s secret hotel in the Bay of Islands. It has 330 tonnes of soil on the roof. This hotel also has their own private beach area!

Long Beach at sunset, in Russell, New Zealand
Long Beach, Russell

Now, just to be clear, this hotel is adults only. You need to be 16 years and over to be able to stay here…because there is a nudist beach nearby.

When you arrive, you have to walk through a bright yellow tunnel to get there! At the end of the tunnel you enter their own private garden with lush plants.

The hotel is hidden in the side of a hill in Russell, overlooking the magnificent beach and the Bay of Islands. It’s built under 330 tonnes of soil, with a flax plantation on top.

Bay of Islands beach New Zealand, Donkey Bay Inn Hotel
Bay of Islands

This hotel has amazing views of the beach and it even has 2 outdoor baths for you to soak up the views. All their food is either grown there or sourced locally. Additionally the hotel is also fully energy sufficient. They have a private courtyard for you to enjoy the gardens, have a picnic and relax.

Donkey Bay Inn has 4 bedrooms all soundproofed and with their own balconies. All the beds are either king or queen and have a pillowtop mattress. There are only 4 rooms so it might pay to be quick with your booking. There is a shared kitchen for guests to use.

It’s interior is colorful and quirky. All the rooms have a seating area as well as the bed, a tv screen, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. A gourmet continental breakfast is included in your room rate which is great, because I love it when the hotel includes breakfast!

Nearby –

There are a couple of museums nearby, a church, a café and a restaurant. In addition to those, Long Bay beach is just a short 10 minute walk from the hotel and the nearest airport is about 20 kilometers away which is the Bay of Islands Airport.

A sunset on the beach with boats in Russell, New Zealand
Sunset in Russell, New Zealand

There are nearby attractions such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Opua forest, Paihia Harbour, Haruru Falls as well as a golf course if you want to get out and about.

A lady at a café, in Russell, New Zealand
Russell, New Zealand

For more information –

If you would like to book a stay at Donkey Bay Inn Hotel click this link https://bit.ly/3tCV2vZ

Address – 38 Long Beach road, Russell, 0202 Phone – 027 240 9109

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  1. What a charming retreat! Adding to my list! 🙂

    1. Great! I’m sure you would love it there!

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