Welcome to Ounuwhao Harding House

Grab your Winter Discount


Applies from 1st May – 31st Oct 2018.

Direct bookings only by e-mail or phone:

thenicklins@xtra.co.nz   or  +64(0)94037310

Indulge in luxurious, seaside accommodation at Ounuwhao.

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 guestlounge 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.

“Wonderful Victorian Period B & B” February 23, 2016 – A TripAdvisor traveller.

Your Host

Marilyn, your host at Ounuwhao, is a forth generation New Zealander, who has enjoyed hosting guests for the past 12 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 (click here for gallery) and teaches classes at Ounuwhao in the off-season. Click to view a quilt gallery (updated November 2017) with some of her many unique quilts, which will delight you on your visit to this beautiful, charming villa.

There are 3 choices for guests accommodation

Main House

Garden Suite

Calvert Cottage

Ounuwhao Harding House 16 Hope Avenue, Russell 0202 New Zealand +649 403 7310 thenicklins@xtra.co.nz