Russell accommodation, in a luxurious seaside villa in historic romantic Russell, Bay of Islands.

Below there are three choices for your accommodation whilst at Ounuwhao.

The main house has four bedrooms – know as the “B&B Guest Rooms”.

There are also two stand alone buildings, “Calvert Cottage” and “Garden Suite”.



We are alongside a grassed reserve bordered by century-old Norfolk pines, opposite picturesque Matauwhi Bay – a favourite mooring-place for yachts. Ounuwhao is a short two-minute drive or a casual 10-minute stroll to Russell village.

“Experience our historical Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a world of difference”.

We offer superior B & B accommodation in four queen rooms, two with extra single bed – all with en-suite or private bathrooms.
The two front rooms feature their own washstand and have French doors opening onto the verandah and conservatory area, with sea views.

All bathrooms are decorated with old-fashioned, hand-painted ‘Georgian’ tiles and have showers and toilets; two also have a claw-footed bath.

Staying in our guestrooms will take you back to a different era. Each room is decorated individually, with hand-made patchwork quilts, brass beds, and fresh flowers from our garden. The lodge rooms ooze charm and offer a tranquil nights sleep, whilst every attention to detail is taken care of.

Enjoy the comfortable lounge, with tea and coffee available all day, television, magazines, a wide selection of books and the daily newspaper. Relax in our guest lounge or enjoy a book or cup of tea on our wide-sweeping verandahs, in the conservatory, or surrounded by flowers in our cottage garden, whilst enjoying the ever-changing water in the bay.

marilyn_smMarilyn, your host at Ounuwhao, is a fourth generation New Zealander, who has enjoyed hosting guests for the past 21 summers. She is a former home economics teacher with a life-long interest in food and textiles. You will certainly enjoy the fruits of her labour whilst staying here in Russell.

Marilyn is a passionate patchwork quilter and teaches classes at Ounuwhao in the off-season. Click to view a quilt gallery (updated March 2014) with some of her many unique quilts, which will delight you on your visit to this beautiful, charming villa.

we look foward to meeting you




Marilyn is a wonderful chef and host, a credit to the B.& B industry,

Ounuwhao harding House is as charming as Russell-we will recommend highly.




Jodie and Kelly-John Oct 2014


Marilyn you have been so accommodating and hospitable.

We are humbled to stay in your wonderful home.

What a labour of love!!

Jackie and Barb Sept-Oct 2014