Welcome back to Ounuwhao

Your Bed and Breakfast Bay of Islands experience

Liz and Gordon, your hosts at Ounuwhao are located 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 level 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 – 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.

Each room is decorated individually, with 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.

“This is a wonderful villa with style, charm and great breakfasts in an ideal location”  – A TripAdvisor traveller.

Liz and Gordon, your hosts at Ounuwhao, are fifth generation New Zealanders, who anticipate making your stay in the Bay of Islands a memorable one.

Please note that we have two small dogs on the property, most of the time they are in their luxury play pen.

Five double bedrooms in two beautiful homes, in Russell

Main House

Garden Suite

The walk to town is a joy… The house is spectacularly beautiful and full of character. Breakfasts’ were fresh, super high quality and very tasty. So great to be back, we love it here!

Paul, Taranaki

Ounuwhao Harding House 

16 Hope Avenue, Russell 0202 New Zealand

Mobile: +64 274 993 063

Land Line +649 403 7310

Cancellation Policy


  • Bookings can be confirmed by providing credit card details.
  • Cancellations made between seven and 30 days before arrival will incur a charge of 25% of the cost of the entire booking.
  • Cancellations within seven days will incur a charge of 100% of the cost of the entire booking.
  • If we are able to resell the booking, we will refund all charges

Please note: there is no wheelchair access to any of the rooms on our property