A family-owned hideaway with a touch of luxury
Mountains | Natural world | Relaxation
Surrounded by native bush and wildlife high on the slopes of Mt. Tikitikiora, this luxury retreat enjoys all day sun and magnificent sunsets. And, given its position on what is Russell’s highest vantage point, it showcases truly spectacular mountain and sea views across the bay. It’s also just four kilometres from the historic town of the same name whose kayak and dinghy rides belie a turbulent past as Aotearoa’s first European settlement. It’s an ideal launchpad for New Zealand’s picturesque Bay of Islands where turquoise waters are interspersed with nearly 150 of its carpeted eponyms.
Imagined as an intimate getaway, Tiki Tiki Ora features just three rooms. Each has been tastefully decorated with several individual touches that extend from the robes and slippers down to the complimentary Living Nature toiletries. Expect richly patterned fabrics and carefully chosen artwork to be picked out against whitewashed walls while floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto the bright verdure of the lush, tropical garden. Step outside for a private balcony that makes the most of the gorgeous bay views.
In keeping with its bijoux sensibilities, you won’t find a superstar restaurant at Tiki Tiki. Instead, husband and wife team Mark and Angelique serve complimentary cocktails and canapés on arrival along with tea and coffee on request. The included breakfast, however, is a particular highlight, served on the upper floor for more of those gorgeous views. Choose between continental or cooked options, with each featuring a truly abundant range of fresh delicacies. For dinner, look to nearby Russell for a range of excellent eateries.
Again, you’ll find welcoming charm and relaxing quiet favoured over resort-style amenities at Tiki Tiki. Instead, head out to explore Russell. Once termed by a certain Charles Darwin in the early 19th century as full of the ‘refuse of society’, today it’s better known for its more gentile watersports. However, you can still see the musket ball holes left over from the Maori Wars. Back at base, relax to the views and stay connected with the complimentary WiFi.
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