Tiki Tiki Ora
Perched high on the slopes of Mount Tikitikiora with magnificent views down to the bay, Tiki Tiki Ora is a luxurious bed and breakfast ideal for celebrating a special occasion. The hotel is nestled amongst native bushland and local wildlife but it sits just 4 kilometres from the historic town of Russell with its many bars and restaurants.
Upon arrival, Groupies are welcomed by their hosts, before being shown to one of three en suite bedrooms, each tastefully decorated with a mix of antiques and lavish modern amenities, as well as complimentary Living Nature products for some holiday pampering. Guests arise to a mouth-watering cooked or continental breakfast on the sundeck each morning, complete with homemade yoghurt, fresh fruit, and breathtaking views.
Suite Room with En Suite Bathroom
- Bed size/type: large double bed
- Standard/maximum occupancy: two people
- Private balconies with uninterrupted sea and mountain views
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands looms large in Kiwi mythology as the wild land of the north, with spectacular bushland, unspoilt beaches and oceans teeming with fish. Equally enticing as the landscape is the area’s fascinating history as an ancient Maori stronghold, birthplace of the Treaty of Waitangi and swashbuckling port. 200 years ago, Russell was a lawless town where sailors and whalers would come ashore to drink and brawl; nowadays, the charming streets and waterside restaurants invite indulgence of an altogether different kind.
Start the adventure with a stroll around the historic streets of Russell, checking out Christ Church with musket ball holes dating back to the 1845 Battle of Kororāreka; Flagstaff Hill with its amazing views; and fascinating Russell Museum. Stop for lunch at New Zealand’s oldest restaurant, The Gables; enjoy fresh local seafood; or perhaps a cold beer at the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel, before heading further afield to visit beautiful beaches, spectacular Haruru Falls or the ‘hole in the rock’, an awe-inspiring natural coastal arch.
Tiki Tiki Ora is 4km from central Russell, which is well set up for tourists with plenty of shops and amenities. Groupies could ask their friendly hosts for advice on things to see and do, or head to the independently-owned Booking and Information Centre on the Russell Wharf to book tours and activities. There are a plethora of companies offering scenic cruises, sailing adventures and fishing charters around the islands, and a regular ferry service from Russell to Paihia.