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Ounuwhao Harding House, Russell

Your Hosts:   Elizabeth Lyons and Gordon Wakeling


Ounuwhao is a 1894 Kauri villa (listed Heritage property) hosted by Liz and Gordon, offering a superior B&B accomodation with a full cooked breakfast. The four queen rooms and seperate stand alone garden suite are full of character and charm, all featuring an en-suite or private bathroom.

Ounuwhao is located alongside a grassed reserve bordered by century-old Norfolk pines, opposite picturesque Matauwhi Bay. Ounuwhao is on the main route from the car ferry from Okiato to Russell, and a flat 10 min stroll from Russell township or  2 min car ride.

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.  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.

Your clients can 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.


Elizabeth Lyons & Gordon Wakeling

a.    16 Hope Avenue, Russell

p.    +64 9 403 7310



Ounuwhao Harding House

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