Donkey Bay Inn

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    • Private gated retreat with 4 suites on New Zealand’s North Island
    • Architect designed with a playful & eclectic interior design style
    • Elevated position on a private peninsula with sweeping bay views
    • Private courtyard, sitting room, bar & extensive library for guests
    • Comfortable four-poster beds with quality linens & plush pillows
    • Two secluded sandy beaches within easy walking distance


Sitting on a private peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, Donkey Bay Inn is a one-of-a-kind property with panoramic views of the ocean. Boasting four wonderfully eclectic rooms, each with a private terrace or balcony, this eco-friendly retreat is perfect for single travellers or couples.

The inn is within walking distance of historic Russell township. Here you can enjoy a leisurely day strolling by the bay and visiting Russell’s boutique shops and art galleries. Those seeking adventure might choose to charter a private sailboat or go on a deep sea fishing expedition. If you prefer to soak up the sun, visit one of the secluded sandy beaches nearby.

After a day spent exploring the area, head back to your accommodation and quench your thirst with a drink from the bar in the stylish sitting room. We recommend a handcrafted glass of Donkey Bay gin or your choice of wine from the curated selection. If you’ve worked up a hunger, you can take a stroll or drive into town and dine at one of Russell's fabulous restaurants.

With soaring eight-metre ceilings, the inn’s eclectic interior is an imaginative blend of Art Deco-inspired furniture, unique artworks and colourful international decor. Tufted velvet couches and comfortable leather sofas invite guests into shared spaces and make the perfect place for casual conversation.

When you’re ready for some downtime, don one of the bespoke Kimono-style robes in your room. Count the stars from your private balcony or terrace overlooking the bay or relax in your four-poster bed with a book from the inn’s extensive library.


Accessed via an internal staircase from the Library, Skyfall is the perfect choice for solo travellers or couples who want the ultimate place to relax and recharge. The private sitting room, verandah and an adjacent meditation room offer plenty of space for yoga sessions or quiet contemplation. The room has a king-size four-poster bed and a magnificent 180-degree view of the bay.

The Emperor’s Room

Featuring a king-size four-poster bed, this apartment-sized suite has its own sunroom with sweeping views of the bay. Guests can enjoy each other’s company in the suite’s sitting room. The Emperor’s Room is decorated with oriental-themed linens and furnishings which add an air of sophistication to the suite.

Tosca’s Room

Couples will love the intimate feel of Tosca’s Room with its stunning ensuite bathroom and private patio. Located next to the inn’s sitting room, this suite features a king-size four-poster bed and is filled with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the gorgeous sea views.


DB5 is a smaller room that is packed with plenty of personality. With its sloping ceiling and eclectic 70's design style, this room is perfect for adventurous guests who enjoy the quirkier side of life. DB5 features a queen size bed, a gorgeous ensuite bathroom and a private balcony with panoramic views.

24 Hour Booking Confirmation

Upon confirmation of rates & availability, you will pay the operator directly according to their own terms & conditions.

Donkey Bay Inn may charge additional fees not shown above. Please see the information below for further details.

Accommodation Information

Type: Lodges & Hotels
Confirmation: On Request
Check In: 14:00
Check Out: 10:00
Min. Nights: 1
Max. Guests: 10
Child Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No
Events: Parties & events are not permitted
Beds: Skyfall, Emperors & Tosca's: 1 King. DB5: 1 Queen


Payment: Direct to operator
Currency: NZD
Fees: No additional payment fees
Deposit Amount: One night accommodation
Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, Amex
Balance Due: Upon check out
Terms & Conditions: Your booking will be made directly with the operator according to their regular terms & conditions.


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Kitchen Heating Bath
Internet Bar/Lounge Library
Parking Underfloor Heating Piano


Concierge Service Continental Breakfast

Optional Extras

Airport Transfer

Note: Accommodation facilities, inclusions, fees & payment information is subject to change without notice. If you find any incorrect information, please let us know.

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