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Donkey Bay Inn
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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Boutique Adults-Only Stay with Breathtaking Bay of Islands Views

Escape real life for the unique beauty of Donkey Bay Inn, your peaceful adults-only sanctuary in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. An architectural masterpiece surrounded by breathtaking ocean views, it will soon become clear that there is no other property quite like Donkey Bay Inn. Included in this one-of-a-kind escape is a bottle of wine on arrival made from the grapes at the owner's very own vineyard, and a full continental breakfast every morning.

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$599
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Valued up to $958
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2 Nights
DB5
DB5
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
2 Nights
TOSCA'S ROOM
Tosca's Room
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
2 Nights
EMPEROR'S SUITE
The Emperor's Suite
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
2 Nights
SKYFALL
Skyfall
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
3 Nights
DB5
DB5
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
3 Nights
TOSCA'S ROOM
Tosca's Room
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
3 Nights
EMPEROR'S SUITE
The Emperor's Suite
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
3 Nights
SKYFALL
Skyfall
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
4 Nights
DB5
DB5
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
4 Nights
TOSCA'S ROOM
Tosca's Room
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
4 Nights
EMPEROR'S SUITE
The Emperor's Suite
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am
4 Nights
SKYFALL
Skyfall
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for two adults
  • A bottle of wine from the owner’s vineyard; Pasquale Wines Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Arneis
  • Daily continental breakfast spread featuring fresh pastries, fruit, meats, cheeses and more, served with juice, tea and coffee
  • Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: 10am

Discover the charms of Russell, a picturesque seaport in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Try your hand at fishing, unearth fascinating Maori sites, cruise to the Hole in the Rock and lose yourself in this natural wonder…

What You’ll Love…

The Hotel – Enter the unique world of Donkey Bay Inn

Embrace the quirky style of Donkey Bay Inn, a luxurious hideaway with a difference. Designed by maritime architect Gary Underwood, the property commands panoramic ocean views from a gated, private peninsula on the east coast of the North Island. A garden tunnel leads you to the private courtyard and the cavernous rooms of Donkey Bay Inn, offering imaginative angles at every twist and turn.

Ecologically responsible, this one-of-a-kind property produces all of its own electricity, ensuring a minimal impact on its stunning surrounds. Within walking distance you’ll find two beaches… one of which is a popular naturist spot, if you’re feeling brave!

The Sitting Room and Bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink, offering a cosy, castle-like tiled fireplace in the winter and opening up both sides to the cooling sea breeze in the summer – sip on a glass of the owner’s acclaimed wine or a classic Donkey Bay G&T.

The Library offers a distinguished space for relaxing, inviting you to pick a book from its shelves and sink into an aged leather armchair. The Patio & Courtyard meanwhile is a secluded and tranquil space, shaded by olive trees and offering wine tastings from the owner’s family vines.

The Room – Boutique luxury with sweeping ocean views

Ascend the spiral staircase in the Library and arrive in DB5, your eclectic slice of privacy. Inspired by the 1970s and featuring splashes of bright primary colours, the French door opens up onto a private balcony with stunning views of the Bay of Islands. An industrial door slides to reveal your unique bathroom, offering sea views from a picture window, perfectly positioned to catch your eye while standing under the rainfall shower. Afterwards, wrap up in one of the hotel’s bespoke kimono robes and sit back with a glass of wine from your complimentary bottle of the owner’s own vino, Pasquale Wines.

Tosca’s Upgrade: The piece de resistance of this spacious room is its stunning bathroom, offering a huge walk-in shower, vintage chaise lounge and myriad of other wonderful design touches. The room is soaked in natural light and features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open into a private grassed area with the sea and bush beyond.

Emperor’s Upgrade: This grand, apartment-sized suite is ideal for those looking for an extra touch of space and luxury, with private garden access and a personal conservatory. The oriental-themed bedroom is complemented by a private sitting room and magnificent ocean views.

Skyfall Upgrade: Experience incredible 180-degree ocean views of the bay from the Skyfall suite. A private sitting room and verandah help you make the most of the surrounding vistas, while an adjacent meditation/relaxation room promotes inner calm. A spacious, sunken tub in the bathroom is the cherry on top.

The Food – Daily breakfast served with sea views

Wake up to beautiful sea views and a continental breakfast selection served in the patio area on sunny days or in the cosiness of the kitchen/dining room in winter. Feast on a spread of fresh fruit salad, cereals, breads, croissants, yoghurt, meats, cheeses and preserves, served with juice, tea and coffee.

See & Do – Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands

The quaint, historic town of Russell enjoys a relaxing island feel thanks to its position on an isolated peninsula in the Bay of Islands. Here, you will find fantastic local restaurants, serving fresh local produce and, of course, seafood. Wonderfully restored historic buildings provide an old-world feel, while art galleries offer a dose of culture. Russell is also a great launch pad for water-based activities in the Bay of Islands, from fishing and sailing to dolphin encounters.

Perfect for… A quirky Bay of Islands stay

Embrace the wonderful world of Donkey Bay Inn in an area of outstanding natural beauty; New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.

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