Fodor's Expert Review The Homestead at Orongo Bay
45 Aucks Rd., Russell, Northland, 0255, New Zealand
Tucked away in gardens off the road between the car-ferry landing and Russell, this historic lodge, built in 1865, soothes with peace and quiet—which is why it has hosted people like Jane Fonda and Joanna Lumley. The two rooms in the main homestead have kauri ceilings and paneling built in a New England colonial style, with large, tiled bathrooms. A pair of two-level barn rooms set back from the main building have angled roofs and skylights. Sumptuous multicourse dinners are cooked (by prior arrangement) by chef and co-owner Michael Hooper with ingredients grown on the property.
- convivial host
- really good food
- lovely garden
- slightly out of town
Rate Includes: Free breakfast