Bay of Islands Accommodation Special Deal on Now

May 1st– Oct 31st 2016. Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2.

Available exclusively On line, via e-mail or phone – direct bookings only.

i.e. $480.00 double, inclusive b/fast in the x 4 rooms in the main B&B Guest Rooms.

       $560.00 for x 3 nights in the Garden Suite, inclusive b/fast. 

        $480.00 for x 3 nights in Calvert Cottage with b/fast an optional extra.

There are three choices of accommodation whilst staying at Ounuwhao.

The main house has four bedrooms – known as “B&B Guest Rooms”

We also offer two stand alone buildings known as “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 December 2015) 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. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Susan and David Williamson Oct 2015

Marilyn- your home is amazing- your hospitality outstanding.We enjoyed our stay- it was well beyond expectations-OH YES & the food was ----soooo DELICIOUS!

EXCELLENT RE-CHARGE of holiday: Marilyn you have been so accommodating and hospitable. We are humbled to stay in your wonderful home. What a labour of love!!

Richard and Pam jarvis- Nov 21st 2015

A lovely experience of old-style hospitality, in a beautifully restored heritage home, beautiful decor attuned to the history of the house.Suberb patchwork, and on top of it all. marilyn is a great cook.We feel well rested!!