Welcome to Donkey Bay

Welcome to Donkey Bay Inn, a stunning new boutique hotel in the Bay of Islands, with wide-ocean views from a gated private peninsula.

A spectacular site overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands is home to Donkey Bay Inn.


Arrive to something quite unique. Enter through an intriguing garden tunnel to the inn’s private courtyard which leads to the sitting room and bar that feature soaring ceilings, eclectic furnishings and spectacular artworks. In winter, enjoy the warm spaces, heated by underfloor heating and in summer, open up both sides of the room to the sea breeze.



Four exotically styled rooms feature wide views of the bay, while balconies or terraces offer private spaces to relax. At the end of the day luxuriate in your four-poster bed. Your spacious en-suite offers a tempting bathtub or an invigorating shower—unwind and just take in those gorgeous views.


Imagine full height walls of glass opening to private views to the bays.


Wander out to the broad, sheltered, almond shaped terrace courtyard shaded by olive trees — a secluded and tranquil place to relax at any time of the day or night. Enjoy a glass of wine from the owner’s vineyard as you take in the sounds of nature. You can hear the ocean sounds from the hotel and at night you may hear kiwi calling to one another.



Stroll down the garden path to two outdoor bathtubs—what a romantic way to end the day, with a glass of champagne, spectacular views, and, as night falls the skies open to showcase the stars.


Wake to an enticing gourmet continental breakfast enjoyed indoors, or on the spacious decks. A bush-lined path meanders past charming Italianate sculptures to the private beach or take a right turn to Long Beach.


A two-minute drive takes you to the pretty historic township of Russell, with its array of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.


Fully energy efficient, totally off the grid and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breathtaking views at every turn.


It’s everything you never expected.


donkeybayinn.co.nz / 027 240 9109 / enquiries@donkeybayinn.co.nz