Kiwi Seaside 1950s Bach, Godwin Cottage.

Bach or holiday home | Long Beach (Russell) | #21673

9/10 (98 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Out the gate, cross the road to the beach, top location with stunning views of the islands.
  • Best of both worlds, with busy Russell township within pleasant walking distance (1km)
  • Basic, homely and comfortable, enjoy long evening beach walks,or fish off the rocks.

Drive north, turn off to Opua, and catch the car ferry across to historic Russell, ($11. per car and driver), drive over the hill and Long Beach awaits. Sometimes surfy, sometimes flat calm, sometimes full of swimmers and visitors, and sometimes empty, three quarters along the beach you will find Godwin Cottage nestled behind a hedge.

This 1950's bach is a classic, with loads of character, and no modern frills. It is well loved, warm and cosy with new wool carpet in all bedrooms and modern comfortable beds. There is room for two cars to be parked around the back. People who come here 'fall in love' with this little gem, and come again and again. A stellar location, sheltered, private and separated only by the road, from the beach. Enjoy black starry nights, the soothing sound of the sea, and fishing off the rocks at either end of the beach at dusk.

Alternatively a walk over to the township and you will find some wonderful restaurants and shops, remnants of the old days with early NZ buildings and churches, Pompallier House, a bustling wharf to boat/people watch, or to fish off/ do some bombs! From the wharf you can catch a ferry over to Paihai and check out what Paihai has to offer. Russell is the gateway to the Bay Of Islands. From here you can book to go swim with the dolphins,

chartered fishing, or the famous Hole in the rock trip. Watching the sun go down with a glass of wine alfresco at the township, or from the historic Flagstaff, or sitting looking out to sea from the cottage on Long Beach, there is enough variety to keep you busy or relaxed in this uniquely varied location.

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside only.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Easy access
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Shower (outdoor)
  • Toddler safe

Bed layouts

  • Double room

    1 x King bed

  • Double room

    1 x Queen bed

  • Single room

    2 x Single bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $POA (optional)

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (104)

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  • The place is very basic, which is what we love about it

    The place is very basic, which is what we love about it. It's been wonderful for us, & I hope & pray it will remain accessible to us, long into the future.

    karenm29 100%|8x Apr 2018

  • Cobwebs everywhere, insects flying and otherwise in the bedroom, bath dirty and...

    Cobwebs everywhere, insects flying and otherwise in the bedroom, bath dirty and without a plug, grill not working, one hob would not turn down from max. Toaster not working and the shower not much more than a dribble. Needs much TLC and should not be offered in this condition. We left after two nights and booked in to a nice motel in Russell. Really should have asked for a refund but decided just to cut our losses.

    PhilipLo3 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • Location unbeatable, walk out lovely “Godwin Gate” to sparkling water...

    Location unbeatable, walk out lovely “Godwin Gate” to sparkling water..... My family from Hood River, Oregon we’re thrilled.....

    JaneyLa1 100%|2x Mar 2018

  • We had a great stay at Godwin Cottage

    We had a great stay at Godwin Cottage. The bach is old school with a lot of character and you couldn't get a better location. We particularly liked the outdoor shower.

    jennon331 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • Godwin Cottage is a step back in time and is rather disheveled...

    Godwin Cottage is a step back in time and is rather disheveled but it didn't matter to us. We had 4 great nights in one of the best locations in Northland. Fantastic beach is just through the gate and the crashing waves at night when you're in bed, are the best tonic. Hope the wee cottage gets a working bee soon, but not too much. The outside shower is a delight.

    anneyn215 100%|1x Mar 2018

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