Boasting garden views, Little Donkey Bay offers accommodation with a private beach area, water sports facilities and a garden, around a few steps from Long Beach. This beachfront property offers access to free WiFi and free private parking. The property is non-smoking and is set 2.8 km from Tapeka Point Beach. The villa has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views. Guests can take in the ambience of the surroundings from an outdoor dining area or keep themselves warm by the fireplace on colder days. For added privacy, the accommodation features a private entrance. Guests at the villa can enjoy a continental breakfast, and breakfast in the room is also available. Popular points of interest near Little Donkey Bay include Christ church, Russell Museum and Flagstaff Hill. The nearest airport is Bay of Islands Airport, 38 km from the accommodation.

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Property highlights

Breakfast info


Free private parking available on-site


Private beach area

Water sport facilities on site



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Accommodation Type
Number of guests
1 large double bed
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Property practices

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Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

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Property information

Unrestrained luxury with a relaxed NZ vibe.... Tucked away in Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Little Donkey Bay villa. Nestled in a lush garden with stunning sea views, it's a two minute walk to Long Beach or there is direct access to Waitata Bay naturist beach. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to places to soak up the sun. The large open plan layout with two sitting room areas, a kitchen/dining space that opens onto a generous balcony, and a courtyard to the rear. On cooler days you can take advantage of the private outdoor baths or get cosy inside in front of a romantic fire. The colourful decor combines an eclectic mix of original art and collectibles from around the world. Unique furnishings include a luxurious bed that has been raised to allow you a panoramic sea view. It is high-end, yet charmingly unpretentious. Little Donkey Bay villa sleeps just two people and is an idyllic hideaway for anyone who’s after a little ‘me time’.

Neighbourhood information

So close to town, yet surrounded by nature. Located in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Little Donkey Bay is about 45 minutes drive and ferry ride from Kerikeri Airport. It’s around three and a half hours drive from Auckland and a 20 minute passenger ferry ride from Paihia, or a 10 minute car ferry from Opua. There is also a helipad on site for those who want to fly in. The property is just 5 minutes from the centre of Russell township, but with a gated entrance, mature native plantings and a 180-degree panoramic sea views, you could be miles from anywhere. The tranquil setting, beautiful birdsong and whisper of the ocean combine to create a relaxed feeling of total escape. For those who are feeling social, or want to take advantage of the gourmet eateries and local vineyards, there is plenty on offer. Russell offers something for everyone. Enjoy Bay of Islands, Hole in the Rock or Cape Reinga from the air with a wonderful scenic plane or helicopter flight. Or take one of the fabulous cruises to see dolphins as they frolic in their natural environment. You are spoilt for choices of nearby forests, reserves and marine parks and also by close proximity to a number of world renowned golf courses, an absolute must for passionate golfers. Feeling like an easy day? Russell was the first port and capital of New Zealand and is steeped in history. Visit the local museum, NZ’s first tannery and printery, or soak in the many examples of early colonial architecture.

Language spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of Little Donkey Bay

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private beach area
  • Breakfast
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
    • Dining table
    • Coffee machine
    • Cleaning products
    • Toaster
    • Kitchenware
    • Electric kettle
    • Kitchen
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • Linen
    • Wardrobe or closet
    • Toilet paper
    • Towels
    • Bidet
    • Private bathroom
    • Toilet
    • Bathrobe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath
    • Shower
    Living Area
    • Dining area
    • Sofa
    • Fireplace
    • Seating Area
    Media & Technology
    • Streaming service (like Netflix)
    • iPad
    • Flat-screen TV
    • TV
    Room Amenities
    • Private entrance
    • Ironing facilities
    • Entire unit located on ground floor
    • Beachfront
    • Outdoor dining area
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Private beach area
    • Barbecue
    • BBQ facilities
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Sun loungers or beach chairs
    • Open-air bath
    Food & Drink
    • Breakfast in the room
    • Beach
    • Water sport facilities on site
    Outdoor & View
    • Inner courtyard view
    • Garden view
    • Sea view
    • View
    Building characteristics
    • Detached
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    • Adult only
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Heating
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV outside property
    • Smoke alarms
    • Key access
    Languages spoken
    • English

    House rules

    Little Donkey Bay takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00 to 18:00

    You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.


    From 10:00 to 11:00



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children are not allowed.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    There is no capacity for cots at this property.

    There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18


    Smoking is not allowed.


    Parties/events are not allowed


    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print
    Need-to-know information for guests at this property

    Please inform Little Donkey Bay in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

    Legal information

    This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

    FAQs about Little Donkey Bay

    • Little Donkey Bay has the following number of bedrooms:

      • 1 bedroom

      For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

    • Yes, there are options at this property that have a terrace. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Little Donkey Bay on this page.

    • Check-in at Little Donkey Bay is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

    • The prices at Little Donkey Bay may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Little Donkey Bay can accommodate the following group size:

      • 2 guests

      For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

    • Little Donkey Bay offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Beachfront
      • Private beach area
      • Open-air bath
      • Water sport facilities on site
      • Beach

    • Little Donkey Bay is 1,000 yards from the centre of Russell. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.