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Reflections On The Bay

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Breakfast View
Master Bedroom With Steps to the Pool
Lounge Conservatory

Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum 
Reflections on the Bay International Artist's Retreat, is a creatively designed, beautifully flowing home, cascading down the natural native bush terrain above Pomare Bay, a coveted location for it's protected, warm climate and exceptional views of Russell and the surrounding bays. For those looking for an inspirational retreat, Reflections is a veritable painter's palette - offering a different perspective and different mood as you view the water from every window and all sun decks surrounding the home and swimming pool.<BR><BR>The property extends to the beach frontage below which is easily accessible by footpath, where you'll find a lovely swimming beach and kayaks for your use. The home is very tastefully appointed with artwork and luxury furnishings collected while living abroad in Eu...Reflections on the Bay International Artist's Retreat, is a creatively designed, beautifully flowing home, cascading down the natural native bush terrain above Pomare Bay, a coveted location for it's protected, warm climate and exceptional views of Russell and the surrounding bays. For those looking for an inspirational retreat, Reflections is a veritable painter's palette - offering a different perspective and different mood as you view the water from every window and all sun decks surrounding the home and swimming pool.<BR><BR>The property extends to the beach frontage below which is easily accessible by footpath, where you'll find a lovely swimming beach and kayaks for your use. The home is very tastefully appointed with artwork and luxury furnishings collected while living abroad in Europe and the Middle East. <BR><BR>The main house master bedroom has a super king, and a lounge sitting area with a private en-suite including bidet. A private entrance leads to the sun deck. The main house guest room is a king size bed with a hall bathroom. A two person spa bath sits between both bedroom areas. A second guest bedroom is detached from the main house for extra privacy yet shares the main house baths. All bedrooms have beautiful furnishings and linens. <BR><BR> The gourmet kitchen is set for the discriminating cook and includes a professional cooker hob and large fridge/ freezer, as well as exterior BBQ. The Proprietress, Lynda Shephard, is an internationally renowned artist, best know for her watercolor paintings of New Zealand and Europe, who offers optional painting classes for guests wishing to discover the art of watercolor studies during their stay! <BR><BR>For the Yachtsman, we can provide you with either a 3 or 4 ton boat mooring in the safe anchorage of Pomare Bay, directly in front of Reflections Lodge. For the Naturalist, trails lead throughout a large natural preserve alongside the house where you will not doubt view the curious native Weka and the playful Tui.
House Rules
Pets not allowedNo smoking
Check with ownerSuitable for children
Bedrooms
3 Doubles
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite)

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Reviews (7)
ICIowa
ICIowa
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Highlight of our trip to NZ
When traveling with our family (4 adults), it always makes more sense to do a vacation rental compared to two hotel rooms. Made a couple such reservations for our 3 week trip and this was definitely our favorite place; the perfect ending to a remarkable visit. Russell is a long way from Wellington, but well worth the drive…despite the heavy traffic around Auckland. While I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to accommodations on family trips, this property was well worth the price in terms of location/view, proximity, solitude, and an absolutely stunning home. Wish I had stayed here for more than 3 days. Owners are responsive and pleasant; bedrooms, kitchen, baths and decks are expansive, and Russell is just so peaceful I could envision living here. You may never get to New Zealand again, so treat yourself and family, you will not be disappointed…….thank you Trip Advisor for another great listing.
Visited February 2017
Written 27 February 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tour509024
Tour509024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful Experience!
A beautiful property, set in a breathtakingly gorgeous environment. The manager, Cindy, is very professional, responsive and personable. She helped make our stay outstanding in all respects.
Visited February 2017
Written 7 February 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Roberta G
Roberta G
Palmerston North, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning Bay of Islands views
We spent a fabulous week at this property in the Bay of Islands with visting family. We booked both the main house and the villa to house all of us. The house had everything we needed, and was big enough that everyone could find their own space to relax. The views are oustanding (even in the rain!). We were sure to take a dip in the pool everyday, and enjoyed the beach access and use of the kayaks to explore the surrounding bays.
Visited February 2014 Travelled with family
Written 1 August 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Adrian D
Adrian D
Waterloo, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great way to end our stay in NZ
Very clean and comfortable accommodation with spectacular views. Easy access to all of the cultural and tourist attractions including the beautiful village of Russell. Special thanks to Cindy for all of the helpful tips on what to do and see and especially for the tip on where to get fresh seafood. A wonderful place to call home for a few days. Would return in a heartbeat.
Visited February 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 5 March 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mark_Hutchinson_2013
Mark_Hutchinson_2013
Marlow, United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Serentity with great weather and surrounded by extraordinary scenery
Overlooking the bay with graceful sailboats (and occasional cruise ship) below, nestled in among sub-tropical pongae and tea trees with historical and charming Russell a few minutes by dingy (or car) was exactly what I wanted. It was a great location with easy access to remote beaches, nature walks, musical tuis, inquisitive weka, local culture, events of historical significance and summer festivities. Kayaking and sailing in the bay provided spectacular alternate views with local vineyards adding to the experience... Peaceful, comfortable with easy access to pool and beach. A memorable stay. Definitely a place to re-visit!
Visited February 2013 Travelled solo
Written 26 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tim S
Tim S
Wellington, New Zealand182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Paradise!
This rental chalet is a private stand-alone duplex sited above the owner's large home. You look over that house to a magnificent view of the world-famous Bay of Islands. It's about 10km from the cute little town of Russell and nestled in native bush. There's a private track down to the beach. The decor of the chalet is most tasteful and overall the appointments are quite luxurious. We especially loved waking up in the (upstairs) bedroom to the wonderful view and the peace and quiet. A heavenly holiday spot!
Visited March 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written 21 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Anne W
Anne W
Birmingham, United Kingdom34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is just magical !
We stayed here for a week to round off our honeymoon and what a magical place this turned out to be. The owner, Lynda, very kindly left champagne & chocolate as a greeting since she knew we were honeymooning. We have lovely memories of sitting up in bed to a lovely view of the bay, then breakfasting outside on one of the many terraces prepared in the well equipped kitchen. The decor is delightfully arty but homely at the same time and the place spotless! I had an art lesson in Lynda's art studio and after much patience on her part managed to produce a watercolour which hangs proudly on my wall at home. The gardens & greenery surrounding the property have cleverly positioned lights which create a wonderful atmosphere at night. I can't stress enough how lovely this place is. So close to Russell too where there are a couple of excellent eateries and places to get supplies. Try the oysters at the Marlborough Hotel! If not your thing sitting outside the Marlborough watching the boats bob, live music sometimes with the excellent wines & menu can't fail to please! We want to go back!
Visited January 2013 Travelled as a couple
Written 14 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Nearby
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Location info
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
  • Short-term rental only (<5 days)
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Scenic views
  • Ocean views
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
Parking
  • Parking available

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Map
Getting there
Auckland Intl Airport
201.7 km

Kerikeri Airport
17.1 km
Restaurants
Third Wheel Coffee Co.
2.5 km

Terra Restaurant
2.5 km

Sage @ Paroa Bay Winery
6 km

Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen
2.2 km
Attractions
Pompallier Mission and Printery
2.3 kmHistoric Sites

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
3.9 kmHistoric Sites

Flagstaff Hill
3.3 kmHistoric Sites

Paihia Harbour
2.3 kmNature & Wildlife Areas
Access
Car advised
How to get there
From Auckland take state Hwy. 1 towards Whangarei. Approx. 45 minutes North of Whangarei at Kawakawa, take the State Hwy. 11 to Opua/Bay Of Islands. At the top of the hill leading to Opua/ Car Ferry to Russell, you will turn right and proceed downhill to the car ferry lane. The car ferry operates from 6:50 am (Opua side) to 9:50 pm and takes 5 minutes to cross. The fee is $10 per car + $1 for additional passengers, cash only. On the other side (Okiato) you are 5 minutes from Russell. As you drive towards Russell you'll turn left on Te Wahapu Rd. , continue another 2 km. and turn right at address sign.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Holidays require one week minimum stay.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Reflections On The Bay

Reflections On The Bay is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

Reflections On The Bay has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Reflections On The Bay has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Reflections On The Bay must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.

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