Bellrock Lodge is on the hill overlooking the historic village of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand. From this wonderful vantage point you will see all the comings and goings of the passenger ferries, pleasure boats and village life. It is a five minute stroll from Bellrock Lodge to the waterfront with its restaurants, cafes, pubs and wharf. If you are booked on any of the sightseeing, fishing or sailing boat trips, this is where you will be picked up.

Your hosts, Peter and Lorraine are South Africans who came on holiday to New Zealand in 2005 and fell in love, not only with New Zealand, but specifically with Russell. It is difficult to explain just what it is about Russell that endears one to the village. It could start with the ferry trip from the mainland or the quaint village itself with cafes, restaurants and shops on the waterfront, the historic buildings with their interesting past, the friendly locals or the spectacular views, of which Bellrock Lodge has one of the best.

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The views and the close proximity to the village made us decide to transform this holiday home of the Douglas family into a luxury lodge. We bought the house in 2008 and spent 2 years extending and renovating.

We share our home with Tom-cat and Tigger, our cats from SA and Shaka , our labrador dog.


"Lorraine and Pete was the friendliest host you could ask for - the room was more than comfortable with an enormous bed. Heating is easy according to the weather with the heat pump/air-conditioner, electric blankets if needed. The welcome drinks and nibbles was delicious and the company outstanding - great time to share your life stories! all the rooms has a gorgeous view and it is close to everything - you could walk to the ferry to spend a day in Paihia and all the restaurants in Russel is in w"
Verdette, Family, 18th June, 2014

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