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Comments from our guests….

10th November 2015
Good to deal with, flexible courteous. Very clean and tidy, plenty of room in 3 bedrooms
EA, Auckland, New Zealand

6th April 2015
Lovely spot, great bach, found the book of instructions eventually !
S & W, Auckland, New Zealand

27th January 2015
Another lovely restful stay – beautiful spot to recharge the batteries.
McA & G’s, Auckland, New Zealand

22nd January 2015
Great bach, thank you for the hospitality. Wonderful for a family holiday.
M/S family, Auckland New Zealand, West Harting, England

9th January 2015
Beautiful holiday home in a gorgeous area. Had a fab time, Thank you x
W Family, Carnforth, England 

2nd January 2015
Had an absolute ripper of a time here – went to see The Hole in the Rock & swam with the gorgeous dolphins ! Had a beautiful time catching up with family & hit off 2015 with a bang (watching the fireworks on the wharf). Thank you so much for this amazing & relaxing time.
P Family, Gold Coast, Australia 

24th December 2014
A lovely 4 days here in Russell. Weather beautiful. Enjoyed swim with dolphins, swims at the beaches, cafes, icecreams, visit to Kerikeri… all fabulous. Off to have Christmas with family in Whangarei. Merry Christmas ! God bless. Many thanks.
G Family, Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand

15th November 2014
Had a lovely week here – your place is lovely, well appointed, everything you need if so ! Cruise ship in Paihia – lots of people. Thank you Maria & Dave.
P Family, Auckland, New Zealand

8th November 2014
What a wonderful treat to stay here this weekend with Maria, Dave and Jacks. This is a gorgeous part of NZ and it was lovely staying here.
M, Auckland, New Zealand

8th November 2014
Kia ora ! Big thank you for welcoming us into your warm whare !  Great weekend spent with Toastmasters in between. Arohanui
JJ, Auckland, New Zealand

5th November 2014
Another flying visit – a much needed break this time with Harper in tow. Creating wonderful memeories with our little man. Weather beautiful. Unexpected dinner at The Wharf. Harper chose. Fabien took him to meet the chef. Spent 2 hours at Long Beach – he paddled a la naturelle before being persuaded to don his wetsuit. The walk & ceach activities tired him out. 3hr sleep !  Homeward bound.
Dave & Maria, Auckland, New Zealand 

30th October 2014
Thank you we had a great time.
GB, South Africa,  DB, South Africa,  CR, New Zealand,  WP, New Zealand

19th October 2014
My first trip to New Zealand. In the middle of a weary trip I could enjoy Russell with Dave & maria. What a nice place, what a good rest. A bit more sun, a bit less rush is the target for the next visit. Thank you for the experience.
KHS, Singen, Germany

19th October 2014
It was a great stay in the nice house. Thank you.
Clemens, Austria

5th October 2014
A truly fantastic place to stay. The house was perfectly presented and furnished and was just a delight to stay in. Comfortable, superbly equipped and it just complimented the magic that is Russell so well. We could not have wanted anything else and the location was just perfect, moments from the town centre and quiet. Modern, near new appliances, comfortable beds and just a great place. Our host was magic to deal with and we would highly recommend this beaut place to anyone – a magic experience.  Magic wildlife surrounds the house. At night you can hear the Kiwi calling and during the day there are Weka and a myriad of bird life abounding. Be sure to check out the smoked fish guy in Florence Ave just around the corner – his smoked Warehou and Salmond is to utterly die for ! Natural trees and bush surround the house, great little BBQ area – just a great place for a relaxing break. This was one of the very best so far – hugely recommend.
AW, Dargaville, New Zealand

28th August 2014
Scarlett’s first trip up here. The weather has been beautiful for the entire week ! Lucky us. Harper wasn’t deterred by the cold water + had so much fun at Long Beach – Had to get him a wet suit to keep him from getting hypothermia. Jake did 2 fishing charters – yummy dinner for us !  Had a lovely sight waiting at the wharf for the ferry this morning when a large pod of dolphins swam past. The week has gone too fast. Watching Harper sleep in my old bunk bed – sweet nostalgia – and making new memories with my little family
Amy, Jake, Harper, Scarlett, Auckland, New Zealand

23rd July 2014
Very stormy last fortnight. Another flying visit – the tree in the corner was taken down during the week (more $), but great result. Poor Dave spent all day chopping up firewood for home & the neighbours. RSA looking good, not much R&R
Dave & Maria, Auckland, New Zealand 

26th April 2014
Over the past 6 weeks we have made lightning visits to organise/brainstorm over the “water tank”. 5 weekends ago we even brought up a working bee to no avail – one hole in the backyard resulted in no go & had to relocate to frontyard. Mammoth effort over the last couple of days has finally resulted in water tank in front garden, Great support from neighbours & community as usual. Not much R&R but great safisfaction !
Dave & Maria, Nitro & Oxi, Auckland, New Zealand 

15th February 2014
A peaceful, relaxing weekend. Great weather (see is still cold)   Lovely spot Dave & Maria, thanks.
R & J McA, Auckland, New Zealand

14th February 2014
A fantastic stay. What a beautiful place Russell is (S, K). Loved the wedding in Christchurch (T, M, I). Seeing the dolphins, camping at cape Rienga (RP), eating in town. Thanks for everything. Kids calling Damar ‘home’

23rd January 2014
Dave is top notch in every respect and is always there to help if the need arises. You will never have any worries with him. A quiet and relaxing place to unwind and chill.
RC, Auckland, New Zealand

20th January 2014
Dave was fantastic he replied promptly to our request and confirmed our booking. Couldn’t speak more highly of him. Highly recommended. The property is well located couldn’t have been better for us. Very clean and has everything you need for a great time away. We would recommend it to anyone and will defintely recommend this little cottage to friends of ours.
JF, Whangaporoa, New Zealand

17th January 2014
A great little cottage. Enjoyed the activities we did in the short time we were here. Russell RSA fantastic food, highly recommended. Fantastic place in our most magnificent country.
J, A, A, T

14th January 2014
Awesome cottage, wonderful place… we had a ball. Just magic waking up to so many native birds… highly recommended. Awesome awesome… thanks for sharing the cottage… we loved it 🙂
TF & T, Auckland, New Zealand

28th December 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at this Russell bach ! It is close to Russell village, really private, with a lovely deck out the back where we ate breakfast and had a drink at the end of the day. The bach is comfortable, the kitchen well supplied and the beds comfortable. It was a treat to be there – a home away from home in the stunning Bay of Islands.
RDP, Canterbury, New Zealand

8th September 2013
Thank you for your generous donation to the Down Syndrome Association which allowed us to have this welcome break. We thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the Treaty House, the Russell sights & the spring weather.
G Family, Auckland, New Zealand

16th August 2013
Thank you ! We had a very nice old ‘blob’. Russell heard we were coming though and they all left ! Had the place to ourselves. Thank you so much Dave & Muds xo
M&R, Auckland, New Zealand 

1st June 2013
Overdue visit. Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Weather couldn’t be better. R&R. Watched the classic Casablanca movie at the Duke, eating F&C. Priceless. Kerikeri market. Sunday Roast @ boat club. Village buzzing.
Dave & Maria, Auckland, New Zealand

30th May 2013
We had a great time staying in your lovely cottage! Awesome days (relax, scuba diving in Poor Knight’s island). Good smoked fish, local wines !  Thanks a lot. Enjoy my own wine, Merlot from Hungary (left on table)
A, B, Budapest, Hungary

6th May 2013
Great stay had by all the family. Thanks so much Maria and Dave. Will definately stay again.  Awesome little bach, had everything we needed and felt right at home. Have fallen in love with Russell, hope to be back soon.
MS, Reporoa, New Zealand

26th April 2013
Great place to stay, we enjoyed it immensely.  Great property with all you need, short walk to town.
JJ, Auckland, New Zealand

7th March 2013
Lovely cottage, ideal central location, would recommend to anyone.
AA, Rotorua, New Zealand

10th February 2013
What other adjectives can be used that hasn’t already been used ?! This is an awesome place with great activities – had such a fabulous time horse riding, got to visit (and explore) Kerikeri and Waitangi. Too bad the boat engine broke down, else we would have also seen the dolphins and that hole in some rock !! Great experience, wouldn’t mind returning to see (and do) more. Cheers for the fantastic ‘home away from home’
A, R, C, Auckland New Zealand (and Fiji)

1st February 2013
What a fantastic time we had in your gorgeous bach. Very clean and tidy it was just so relaxing to spend time in after exploring all over Russell and beyond each day. We have three children that range in ages and they all had a wonderful time during our stay, there is just so much to do. While we went far and wide during the day, each evening we walked down to the township and enjoyed icecreams while watching the sun go down – it was idyllic and the perfect vacation for our family. Thanks.
AM-N, Wellington, New Zealand

27th January 2013
We had a great time staying in your lovely bach. So much to do. We will have to come back to finish off some of the things we ran out of time to do. Gorgeous weather & fab beaches ! Thanks.
A, R, S, C, & F McA, Wellington, New Zealand

16th January 2013
Dave was exceptionally helpful in getting keys to my accommodation in Auckland as we were arriving late at night on an international flight.  Very proactive and considerate bach owner. Lovely little bach – suited our needs wonderfully. All the necessary accoutrements and the local hedgehogs provided much amusement for us all. Thanks again Dave.
RF, Australia

3rd January 2013
Living some distance from New Zealand I was worried about booking and paying in advance.  Dave was very helpful and reassuring.  The location was perfect for us.  With the information provided we found the property easily, even in the dark!  The property was walkable to Russell itself and the beaches. Damar was very comfortable with good kitchen. Nice lounge area and good bedrooms with comfy beds.  We were very happy with Damar.  Thank you.
DC, UK   

24th December 2012
It was a pleasure to deal with the owner. He made it an easy, hassle free booking. The bach was wonderfull. It had everything we needed for our stay, just as it’s decribed in the listing. !  It was exceptionally clean and tidy.  Happily recommend to anyone looking for a family friendly bach in Russell.  We’ll be back !
CB, Whangarei, New Zealand

21st November 2012
Very cute little bach, very tidy, well looked after and comfortable, all amenities provided, had a great time thanks!
MP, Whangarei, New Zealand

22nd October 2012
I really enjoyed the last few days. I learned much (about) New Zealand over the past days. Many many thanks to Maria & Dave for everything !!
HH, Schwertberg, Austria

30th July 2012
Thanks for making our weekend so memorable. We all had a lovely stay in Russell, your bach was simply awesome…my kids and parents loved it !
SPG, Auckland, New Zealand

8th July 2012
The place (Russell) was swarming ! Great short visit. Brought the boys up for a school holiday treat. Watched the mad buggers jumping off the wharf. Jake’s first visit ! Beautiful weather.
MLF, Auckland, New Zealand

8th July 2012
I really like this place, it’s so cool and comfortable. The only thing I hated was a car sick !
JK, Tokyo, Japan

8th July 2012
It’s a really nice & relaxing place to be.
JF, Auckland, New Zealand

1st June 2012
The owner was very accommodating and made our arrangements easy. We had a lovely four night stay. The property was well equipped, the outside space perfect for BBQ/drinks. It was wonderful to wake up to the sound of Tuis every morning.
GD, UK

12th April 2012
Our second visit and even lovlier, having had a slight makeover (not that it needed it). The holiday home is very cosy and so very welcoming. A lovely new kitchen brightens it even more. A fabulous spot within easy walking distance of everything.
KL, Christcurch, New Zealand

28th August 2011
Had a great stay very relaxing, the log fire is so nice in winter. Russell was lovely, amazing weather and good restaurants. A great stay. Thanks Dave
NB, Auckland, New Zealand

12th June 2011
Thank you Dave & Maria. We has a great time, much appreciate you donating your holiday home for our silent auction.
CvB, Auckland, New Zealand

26th April 2011
The bach was great with all the necessary comforts and conveniences available. There was ample linen, towels, crockery etc. and was in clean and tidy condition. Loved it.
GM, Auckland, New Zealand

22nd April 2011
Fabulous weather allowed us to explore this beautiful spot – cyling, fishing, diving & pottering. thank You !
S’s, Wanganui, New Zealand

17th April 2011
Lovely bach. Well equipped with cuttlery, crockery, heaters and everything else to make our stay very enjoyable. Thank You.
GM, Auckland, New Zealand

22nd March 2011
House was clean and ready to go, made for a relax(ing) and easy holiday thank you.
RB, Auckland, New Zealand

19th March 2011
Cyclists tour of Northland. Thanks for a cool place to stay whilst stuffing ourselves silly & rubbing some sore bits.
M,R,A,K,J,A

15th March 2011
Great house and very well set up for guest(s). very clean and tidy and the beds were comfortable.
LM, Auckland, New Zealand

28th February 2011
We’ve had a wonderful time here in Russell. It has been perfect – weather, location, accommodation, – we just wish it was’nt on the other side of the world from us, we shall remener it all with great joy x
LW, AW, KW, Sutton, Coldfield, UK

15th February 2011
Loved the whole package in terms of bach, household items, the fact that they have also made provision for the whole family. Certainly had everything we wanted and a location that provided privacy in a location that meant that you are within walking distance of the beach, the township and ferries. The owners have literally considered almost everything so that the guest has the best possible holiday experience whilst in beautiful Russell.
IM, Auckland, New Zealand

22nd January 2011
We enjoyed our stay in the bach immensely. It is very tidy and well equipped. It is located centrally in a quiet street with(in) minutes by car to reach beaches on either side of Russell’s beautiful peninsula. We enjoyed a daily morning walk to town & an early morning coffee at one of the many fine cafes about. Great sailing too in our little catamaran. Lovely bach, Very homely. Hope to come back here !
BF, Rotorua, New Zealand

27th December 2010
A great place to stay at and for chilling out. The extras (tea, coffee etc) were a suprise. We had a lovely Xmas.
BS, Auckland, New Zealand

24th December 2010
Very nice house. Enjoyed my stay here
LS, Bay of Islands, New ZealandLovely place to spend Xmas
BS, Whangarei, New ZealandBeautiful beaches, lovely weather, Santa came. Ho Ho Ho !!! Merry Christmas xox
SW, LW, AW, Citizens of the World.

21st December 2010
Dave was wonderful to deal with and was a perfect place to stay. Clean, tidy and everything we needed. Thanks very much!!  Wonderful stay. Lovely sweet bach, thank you.
WB, Auckland, New Zealand

19th December 2010
Really nicely decorated, well equipped, clean. Lovely hosts. Awesome place. x
O,T,W.J,A,J

16th December 2010
A wonderful bach, neat and with great appliances and furniture. Handy to town and Long Beach. Thanks Dave, we’ll be back
GL, Auckland, New Zealand

6th December 2010
Dave & Maria’s home in Kororareka is fantastic and matched only by their hospitality, service and communication. If you want a home away from home in an idylic setting, give Damar a call, you won’t be disappointed. Brilliant ! The home is set back from the main village in a very quiet and idylic setting. Immaculate with great facilities and neighbours. Thank you both for a perfect honey moon away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Awesome.
SD, Auckland, New Zealand

17th November 2010
Thank you for donating your house for the Marist College Fundraising Silent Auction to raise funds for people who have financial difficulties. My bid was the highest and purchasing an extra night from you has given me and my 3 companions a great chance to enjoy Russell. The entire experience is great.
MM, Auckland, New Zealand

14th November 2010
Thank you for the use of your home, enjoyed every minute of it.
BW, Auckland, New Zealand

15th August 2010
4 of us here for the Jazz fest. Had a great time. Your little house is just lovely & cosy & really appreciated those special little extras. Thank you.
K, K, S, T, Whangarei, New Zealand

21st July 2010
Clear and prompt communications from very helpful and friendly owner. Warm and comfortable bach – a very enjoyable stay.
MM, Auckland, New Zealand

11th July 2010
A lovely cottage – well equipped, comfortable, near village. Would definately recommend.
OB, Auckland, New Zealand

11th June 2010
Awesome house, really cosy, awesome loft, kids loved it ! The cats next door really lovely. Thanks a lot !
J, A, G, R, &; O, Auckland, New Zealand

7th June 2010
A quick “Thelma & Louise” visit (no lust or bloodshed though!) to hang out and enjoy a short break, massages, lots of laughs. Weather could be better, though warm, could hear the waves crashing from outside. Short but oh so relaxing!!
MF, LP, Auckland, New Zealand

2nd May 2010
Lovely relaxing long weekend break before D starts his new job. Enjoyed strolling Russell and Paihia in what’s left of summer. Thanks for lending us the bach, we leave feeling very refreshed and full !
D & T, Auckland, New Zealand

6th April 2010
Lovely to deal with. Lovely place. Nice and peaceful. Would stay there again.
VM, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand

26th March 2010
Thanks for three glorious days exploring in and around Russell and for the use of your lovely bach. Having parked up on arrival, we did’nt use the car again till we left yesterday morning. It’s a lovely spot and just our cup of tea.  Enjoyed a lovely break, walking the local area &  sampling everything on offer. Great weather.
M&LG, Chale, England

27th February 2010
Spent an awesome few days exploring the local area – visited the kaleidoscope fellow near Kerikeri. Swam at Long Beach and visited local attractions like Pompalier. All in all a very peaceful and enjoyable stay ! Thanks ! Would love to come back.
C&M, N&J, New Zealand

21st February 2010
Another weekend of Paradise. Thank you again M, D, D, & A for sharing this amazing place with us. We really made the most of it this time. Our time up at Takou, Kerikeri, Mass at the beautiful Shrine of Peter Channel, the Ferry Crossing to Paihia & a ‘wim in da water’ @ Long Bay. To top it off Dinner @ the Russell RSA. Blessings to you all who come here. Alofa tele atu. Arohanui
R,L & RG, Ranui, Auckland

12th February 2010
What a wonderful time we had in Russell for 2-1/2 months. We did all from hikes in the local forest. Walking over the hill to Long Beach became easier each day we did it. The local folk are very warm & friendly & made us feel welcome. The bach was very comfortable & the whole experience was completely enjoyable.
B & D, Berlin, Germany

9th November 2009
Great communications. Awesome bach, great facilities, all very new and comfortable. Could not fault this place. Easy walk to the shops and beach etc.
JD, Auckland, New Zealand

16th October 2009
We really enjoyed staying here, so quiet and peacful. Many thanks.
S. Family, Auckland, New Zealand

8th October 2009
Thank’s for allowing us to share your home away from home, we had a lovely time, especially enjoyed seeing the dolphins on the Cream Trip (could’nt swim because they had babies with them!) and sand boarding up at 90 Mile Beach. All the best.
P.S. found the locals so friendly and helpful !
KS,LS,ZS,TS, Mt. Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

27th September 2009
Lovely cosy cottage, very well set up with everything you need. Good location for walking into town and to boat club.
MVD, Orewa, New Zealand

8th August 2009
Enjoyed our holiday. Thank you – in a lovely cottage. I slept like a baby, so quiet and peaceful. We brought our 2 friends which made it very very special.
BJ & TJ, Warkworth, New Zealand

29th July 2009
Great bach, comfortable, nice, and very well equipped, the weather was great, considering it’s the middle of winter, making it all around a really good holiday and relax. The wine was greatly enjoyed, thanks heaps.
AH, Whangarei, New Zealand

16th July 2009
The warm hospitality & atmosphere made this a lovely & memorable holiday. Many thanks for all those extra special touches. Have had good weather & enjoyed exploring Russell & our history.
RH & KH, Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand

10th July 2009
We had a wonderful time at Damar Russell. The facilities were excellent, and we enjoyed being warmed by the fire each night and sleeping in the loft bedroom. This is a cosy house which makes good use of space. Russell is a beautiful little town, with some stunning architecture. You will need to take a car ferry to get to most places from Russell. We would highly recommend visiting Keri Keri waterfall, and walking the Whangamumu Track (if you’re fit)
BW & JW, Preston, Victoria, Australia

29th June 2009
Lots of lovely gift shops. Mid winter and raining all weekend, so not much outdoor activity undertaken.
MB, Auckland, New Zealand

23rd June 2009
Dave was an absolute pleasure to deal with. All our questions were answered promptly and we got great information about Russell, its surrounding areas and the bach. The bach was super cosy and we especially loved the log fire
AK, Auckland, New Zealand

16th June 2009
Everything was really well organised and communicated, right down to the package with detailed instructions for everything in the bach and highlights of the area (Russell / Bay of Islands). Made everything simple and easy. Recommended.
Bach was well set up and equipped, and just a short stroll into Russell township and waterfront. Everything you could want was there. We stayed in winter, and it was easy to make warm and cozy, but it would obviously be a great place to stay in summer. Would be happy to go back, particularly once things get warm again (whenever that may be!).
BG, Auckland, New Zealand

15th June 2009
Our stay at Damar Russell was absolutely wonderful !  The accommodations are lovely, enormously comfortable, and quite quaint. We enjoyed our stay so much that we had a hard time leaving.
DR, Auckland, New Zealand

18th May 2009
We had a wonderful time at Damar Russell, which is a beautiful house in a great little township. Dave and Marie were very pleasant to deal with, would definately stay at their place again.
DH, Auckland, New Zealand

17th May 2009
A perfect bach experience, surrounded by native bush, tuis singing every morning, and gentle Pacific breezes. Thank You !
M, D, J, R, N, & D, Canada, Slovakia, Germany, South Africa, & Auckland, New Zealand

6th May 2009
A well equipped bach which is very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed the wood fire which kept us warm on the cool nights and the back deck was a great little suntrap during the day. Great for a winter break.
AQ, Kerikeri, New Zealand

19th April 2009
A lovely few days of recreation, rest & relaxation – just what we needed. Many thanks for the use of your bach.
VE, KR, A & S, Nelson, New Zealand

12th April 2009
Wonderful stay in this lovely bach in Russell, we enjoyed our holiday in this cozy house, each appliance is in perfect order. My kids love the loft room and never tired of climbing up and down. We have caught lots of fish:-) Dave is very friendly and helpful. Would like to recommend to all.
BH, Auckland, New Zealand

16th February 2009
A wonderful comfortable base camp for our excursion to Cape Brett. Maria is very proud to have “knocked the bastard off !” P & M were happy to sample the local establishments food, coffee & wine xxx
M, P, & M, Queensland, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand

8th February 2009
Waitangi weekend ! Back again for an awesome weekend of beach bum boarding & relaxing. Awesome weekend as always.
AF, Auckland, New Zealand

26th January 2009
We had a great time here in Russell, Paihia. Kids went kayaking. We did a reasonable [amount of] walking, went up to the top (Cape Reinga), had lots of pictures everywhere, very enjoyable environment, awesome weather, comfortable bach, and promise to come back again. Thank you.
MS, Auckland, New Zealand

26th January 2009
Me and my family went on heaps of holiday trips before but never one this fascinating. We have exceeded our main goals including exploring the area – Russell and its neighbour Paihia. We learnt a lot of facts at the Treaty of Waitangi and the Maori history. We have travelled to the top of NZ. This beautiful bach has even inspired my dad to buy some fishing gear for us. Thanks a lot for putting the fire into our holiday
MS, Auckland, New Zealand

20th January 2009
“Girl’s Time” Could’nt ask for better weather ! Aunty & Niece time together. Curtains up ! We found more “secret” coves. Actually had a relaxing time out – much needed.
MF, Auckland, New Zealand

19th January 2009
Thank you for giving us a lovely relaxing holiday in your beautiful cottage. Love Russell, highly recommend Pizzaport, and I much enjoyed going dolphin watching with Fullers. Thanks again.
LP, Masterton, New Zealand

10th January 2009
Back again for Tall Ships over the weekend. Looking forward to the hangi – glad to be back at our home away from home.
AF, Auckland, New Zealand

9th January 2009
If you really want to read what I said about Damar Russell, book in for a nice long weekend and check out the entry for 07-09 Jan in their good, old-fashioned paper guest book. The place was wonderful, quiet and tranquil. It’s a true delight to be able to enter someone’s bach as a home and really feel like you are at home. I am certainly looking forward to making the trip north again and hopefully staying there once more. It’s well worth the trip and Russell is such a beautiful place to visit !
PS, Naenae, New Zealand

6th January 2009
Wonderful clear sunny days ! Plenty of sunbathing. Tried RSA & RBC (Russell Boating Club) for dinner. Good food, good value. Day tripped to Kerikeri, walked to Rainbow Falls.
Dave & Maria, Auckland, New Zealand

3rd January 2009
We really enjoyed our stay at the Bach, good facilities, accessible to the town centre and a good outdoor deck with BBQ. We really enjoyed our stay in Russell, particularly the Cream Boat Trip around the various bays, and our fishing trip on the Belfast. Also, the oyster farm is worth a visit for some yummy oysters. However, we would recommend you avoid Gannets for dinner – very disappointing. Thank you Dave and Maria for your house and recommendations.
MT, Timaru, New Zealand 

27th December 2008
A lovely way to finish our Honeymoon – we have really enjoyed our time in the Bay of Islands – and our stay in your house – thank you !
M & ND, Dunedin, New Zealand

12th December 2008
Amazing area, town, bach and holiday. Beautiful and spectacular scenery. A great selection of things to do for the restless and a quiet and relaxing place for the restful. Would go back in a heartbeat.
RB, Auckland, New Zealand

27th October 2008
We felt at home from the moment we arrived ! It was a lovely retreat for the weekend. Thank you.
JM, Auckland, New Zealand

8th August 2008
Lovely place to stay.
LS, Auckland, New Zealand

7th July 2008
Nice peaceful bach. Short walk to Russell central. Tried Tuk Tuk and Kamakura restaurants which both served excellent food.
LS, Auckland, New Zealand

1st May 2008
Great location and an easy walk to town centre. Bach had everything we needed, a very comfortable home from home. Very private. Went on a 4 hour fishing trip and also to Hole in the Rock and dolphin watching – great trips.
WF, Weymouth, New Zealand 

12th April 2008
Thank’s so much for letting us stay in this beautiful house. We had a great time cruising around the islands and enjoyed a lovely dinner & sleep back here. I hope to come back here again soon !
X, H & K (DCF’s friends), Auckland, New Zealand

5th April 2008
Had a lovely quiet, relaxing weekend here. This place is well equipped with absolutely everything one needs. David & Maria have thought of everything. thanks David & Maria, much appreciated. Don’t ever sell this place, LOL. So peacefull !
BMF & M, Auckland & Northland, New Zealand

30th March 2008
The best time had by all !! We went to Paihia, had great ice cream ! Went parasailing (the best views), took a charter & caught snapper ! Did the Hole in the rock & swam with the dolphins, sat on the jetty at night & caught more fish – talked to the locals, wandered the shops, ate lots of great food. Had my birthday on the deck & looked at real estate books dreaming of how to move over here !! The Best holiday ever – Love the “Bach” & love my family here in NZ.
SZxxx
PS: how much for 6 month rental every year ?
“Aussie Mob” + a few kiwis !!
The Z family & G family,
Brisbane, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand
 

24th March 2008
The whole experience was great. Russell is beautiful and the place was perfect, clean, and more than adequate, just what I needed and more. Perfect, the weather, Russell’s hospitality, & most of all, your home. thanks.
MH & P, Auckland, New Zealand

16th March 2008
Very comfortable & well equipped. Loft bedroom was fun. Enjoyed drinks on the back deck & walking to Long Beach.
Lovely relaxing few days with great weather. Cosy house. Thanks a lot.
SR, PC, Auckland, New Zealand 

10th March 2008
Wet on the final day, great for the rest of the week. Highlight, the Cream Trip with Fullers. Also dinner at the Kamakura restaurant on the beach – great food. Perfect temperature, and a breath of wind. Trips to Kerikeri, Paihia on the ferry, down the coastal road to Whangarei. Numerous small snapper caught off the wharf. Very relaxing week.
PH, JH, Tawa, New Zealand 

2nd March 2008
Russell is a special place indeed. We have had a great few days. We caught big kingfish offshore and enjoyed a cold beer watching the sunset from The Strand. Thanks for the stay in this great home. PS. The kingfish steaks in the white bag top drawer freezer are so fresh, there was too much for us ! Please enjoy !
Great house, good location, all the facilities you would need, perfect place from which to explore.
WH, JH, DH & EH, & MS & HS, Napier, New Zealand, & Leigh-on-Sea, England 

9th February 2008
We had an absolutely great time in Russell!! It was our first trip to New Zealand, but not our last. We loved it and we look forward to coming back some other time. Your house is nice and cosy. We liked it very much! We meant to write something in your guestbook in the end of the week, but then we never got around to do it. Maybe our three younger children had something to do with that – too busy. Also, coming back to Shanghai life was immediately back to full action and our holiday seemed like just a dream…. Once again, it was a pleasure to visit Russell, and many thanks!
MJ, Shanghai, China 

28th January 2008
Highlight: having a BBQ at the house and then down to town to jump off the wharf and then out for desert. Awesome fun.
SC, Auckland, New Zealand 

16th January 2008
Bach is very cosy and amenities are adequate. We were very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our vist to the Bay of Islands.
KD, Bethlehem, New Zealand
We had agreat time in the Bay of islands. Not looking forward to going back to the normal routine, but I guess all good things eventually have to end, not so ? Thanks a mill.
L, CT SA (with the D family)

12th January 2008
We really enjoyed our stay and the bach lived up to our expectations. Thanks so much for your hospitality.
MC & AC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Thanks so much for arranging the pick up (of keys) in Auckland! We really enjoyed our time in Russell, but the kids (who were supposed to write as much in the visitors book) told me that they forgot. It was a lovely time that could only have been improved by slightly better weather! I hope that we would be welcome again. Thanks so much again. Kind regards.
AC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand

6th January 2008
Tall Ship’s Race on the R. Tucker Thompson. Great fun. Not a lot of sun, but a yummy hangi for dinner & great company. The most people the bach has ever had at one time !
MLF, DKF, DCF, AF, JF, BF, DF, BF, IF, MW, T, S, J, H, Auckland, New Zealand & Whangarei, New Zealand

5th January 2008
Lovely outdoor area, perfect for BBQ’s, very private and peaceful.
Thanks for the use of your holiday home. It was an awesome New Year and relaxing stay. Thanks.
KE, Auckland, New Zealand

29th December 2007
Really hot weather. Had fun at Elliots Bay & strawberry martinis @ Paihia. Last day spent relaxing.
AF & JB, Auckland, New Zealand

12th December 2007
Lovely. Made the most of the BBQ. Enjoyed a good afternoon snapper fishing with blue water charters.
Lots of walks, fishing, eating, recharging the batteries. Harry (3) is’nt very impressed with the mozzies & was eaten alive ! Thanks for a lovely little holiday.
DA, L, H(3yrs), F(11months), Auckland, New Zealand, & Perth, Australia

6th December 2007
Did’nt have much sun, but the 2 days the sun did come out we all managed to get burnt. Had a great time. You’ve got a beautiful bach, loved it.
AF, S, JB, T, T, C, Auckland, New Zealand

25th October 2007
What a beautiful place to rest and gather our thoughts after our long travels. We spent most of our time taking in Long Beach with picnics and hot chocolate by the pier… perfect ! Thank you both for all your extra advice xo
SK, CB, & R(6yrs), C(5yrs), P(1yr), Strathblane, Scotland

8th July 2007
This place was even better in the winter with the sick kids! Nice & cosy. Lie ins for some. (up all night & day for others!) DVDs (hit). Forgot the kids bikes in Auckl. Still have’nt got on Cream Boat Cruise… another time. M loves your coloured shells in bathroom.
DS, AC, & girls. Auckland, New Zealand.

8th July 2007
Loved the loft & all the shells you’ve collected / what you’ve done with them!
C&K, Auckland, New Zealand.

22nd April 2007
Fabulous weekend! Lots of laughter! May your sheets stay dirty & messy! Lovely place to stay!
MF, PH, LD, LB, Auckland, New Zealand.

15th April 2007
Quick visit to over-nite with DCF, BN, AF, JB. (DF away)
MF, Auckland, New Zealand.

15th April 2007
Pizza & fish’n’chips 4 dinner, night out @ The Pub. Morning walk along beach. JB left for
Auckland this morning – staying for BN’s 21st dinner. ‘Great Weekend’. Fantastic time.
AF, JB, Auckland, New Zealand

19th March 2007
Especially loved cleaning the cobwebs off the ‚butt buster’ bicycles. Tiki toured around Paihia & to Long Beach on them where we collected pipis. Looked just the part among the 2000 other cyclists doing their tour. A much appreciated w-end away – cheers.
DS & AC, Auckland, New Zealand

8th March 2007
Very impressed, excellent value, will not hesitate to recommend friends both here and in
England. My mother-in-law thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet and felt very relaxed, able to move about quite freely.
ES & SS, England.GL, Auckland, New Zealand.

16th January 2007
Lots of fun at the beach, lots of fun fishing, beautiful weather, yummy BBQs, awesome company, who could ask for anything more? As always an awesome time. Don’t know what happened about the fishing – I think aunty Muds has been secretly feeding the little fish with weet bix!!!
AJ, AM, AW, AW, Auckland, New Zealand

1st – 7th January 2007
A wonderful relaxing place. Thank you very much for letting us stay with you xoxoxo
D&H, Auckland, New Zealand.

28th – 7th January 2007
Bringed up da girlz 4 New Yearz! Hehe fun tymze!!! ‘Happy New Year 07’
AF, Auckland, New Zealand.

7th December 2006
Thank you very much for inviting us to this beautiful home. This area is like paradise. We found the lovely beach you described to us, we were absolutely alone down there, wonderful. Thanks again. We will come again if time allows.
GB&EL, Romanshorn, Switzerland.

2nd November 2006
Thank you so much for a lovely getaway. Your place is gorgeous & we felt at home straight away. Hard to leave. Recommend the ‘Cream Cruise’. (and it’s my birthday, MD) Thanks again. All our love.
AD & MD, Auckland, New Zealand.

22nd – 23rd October 2006
Arrived and stayed due to circumstances beyond our control! (car broke down) Wonderful time. Good sleep. Lots of laughs, enjoyed the bird life not to forget the awesome hospitality of Dave & Maria. Thanks guys xxx,
RT. PH, BT, Auckland, New Zealand.

27th – 28th September 2006
Thanks again guys. Beautiful weather. Kakiteano
RG, LG, Auckland, New Zealand.

27th – 28th September 2006
Thank you for the use of your lovely unit as our base camp. Had great sleeps in the loft. Bird life sang well to wake us in the morning.
CL, GL, ML, TL, Townsville, Australia.

10th September 2006
Beautiful place and many thanks to Maria and Dave for two unforgettable days.
UN, Dezwil, Switzerland.

19th August 2006
David & Maria a big thank you! Wet-wet-wet! But with the fire going, good food, and a nice place it was very relaxing!
HV & LV, Auckland, New Zealand.

16th July 2006
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your wondersul home. What a nice break after the PanPac. Thank you..
CC & TC, California, USA.

21st April 2006
It was great, thank you.
SY, Auckland, New Zealand.

18th – 21st April 2006
Had a lovely time. Did lots of shopping over at Paihia & Russell. The girls rode the bikes around the bay & went swimming with the dolphins. NR made lots of friends with the locals. The Y family (BY, AY, SY) also had a fantastic time.
NR, SR, AW, Auckland, New Zealand.

18th April 2006
The day we first came and going on the boat to find dolphins. Thank you!
SR, Auckland, New Zealand.

18th – 22nd March 2006
Thank you both for your generosity. We had a wonderful time with great weather. What a truly relaxing place. Love to all the family.
D & J, Reading, England.

30th – 3rd February 2006
We also did’nt have much sun but in the hours it was’nt raining, we went biking, walking and parasailing – which was amazing! Even got to see my (BN) family across the water in Kawakawa. We loved having this relaxing place to stay!
DCF & BN, Auckland, New Zealand.

24th – 29th January 2006
Did’nt see much sun, but it did’nt matter, as lovely cottage in beautiful Russell. Enjoyed our stay. Thank you.
PC & SC, Auckland, New Zealand.

11th – 14th January 2006
Nana & RP. Dave took kayak out from Tapeka to Long Beach. Nana ate lots of pipis & kinas !
SW & RP, Auckland, New Zealand.

3rd – 8th January 2006
Thanks for a great holiday weather could’nt have been better.
DP & AP, Auckland, New Zealand.

5th – 8th January 2006
AF, AP, DP arrived. The boys , AF went on the ‘Pirate’ ship for the Tall Mast race & we all had the hangi & dance. Fab time!
AF, AP, DP, Auckland, New Zealand.

3rd – 5th January 2006
AJ, AM, J , Auckland, New Zealand. Bologne, Italy

1st – 3rd January 2006
R, L, & RW, Auckland, New Zealand.

28th – 31st December 2005
Talofa to all the family to everyone whos coming over on Sunday, thanx Aunty for letting use use your house, may God bless you and guide you for next year. Luv always.
JO, Auckland, New Zealand.

28th – 31st December 2005
Hey family, thank you so much for having your home open for us, it’s been wonderful and we look forward to future visits, God bless.
CS, Auckland, New Zealand.

28th – 31st December 2005
Thank you so much Aunty Muds & Dave for an awesome time here and may the lord continue to bless you both.
CK, Auckland, New Zealand.

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