"Piwakawaka", a substantial family home

Bach or holiday home | Russell | #36734

9.7/10 (7 ratings)
  • 10 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 9 Beds
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Relaxed indoor/outdoor living in a comfortable roomy environment in quiet cul-de-sac.
  • Ideal for two families or extended family with upstairs/downstairs sleeping areas.
  • New combi microwave, oven and gas cooktop. Off street parking for 3-4 cars and room for the boat.

Piwakawaka, set on half an acre covered partly with native bush, is offered for the first time as a holiday let. Built in 1983 to a high standard and taken over by new owners in April 2016, the house is built for indoor/outdoor living, and has multiple living spaces within. It is built to a typical Russell 'style' with exposed Douglas Fir ceilings and open plan living. Fantails flutter around visitors to the garden and the house is named after this delightful tame and friendly little bird... Piwakawaka - loved by all.

Any family can walk into this house and feel instantly at home due to its open plan layout and mezzanine floor connecting all areas of the house. Its four bedrooms are roomy and well appointed.

Te Wahapu Peninsular is a popular location for Russell locals, and in places enjoys a microclimate due to its north facing aspect sheltered from cold southerly winds. Many opportunities exist for exploring the coastline, fishing or tramping from this location or driving to other beaches and walking tracks in the area. A walkway from Russell Village traversing mangroves and kauri forests along its way to Okiato ferry landing, crosses Te Wahapu Peninsular 1.5 km from Piwakawaka.

The vegetable garden produces seasonal goodies and oyster lovers will enjoy a tasty treat purchased directly from the oyster farm nearby or can have the served to them by local restaurants. However nothing can beat the flavour of that freshly caught snapper.

The whole Northland district is steeped in New Zealand history, and a visit here offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in this interesting past, from Russell Village Museum and Pompalier House to the old Whaling Station at Whangamumu and many places in between.

Opportunities are offered by local tour operators to experience sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands, deep sea fishing or fishing for a tasty dinner option, dolphin cruises, Bay of Islands cruises, swimming, snorkelling, and many other pursuits.

Special conditions: Protected Kiwi area - no dogs, cats or pets allowed No visitors or guests to bring pets on site No additional people above agreed booking number No smoking anywhere on the property - fire bans in summer No parties, events, weddings, stag parties etc No undue nuisance, verbal or physical abuse or noise to local community No use of illegal substances or illegal activities No tents or caravans or camping of any kind on the property No leaving fireplace, barbecue or burning stove unattended


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Ground Floor Bedroom

    Bed new May 2016. Opening on to the north west facing deck this room is a comfortable space, located on the ground floor but away from the hub of the house.

    1 x King bed

  • Mezzanine Gallery

    Combined living/sleeping area,This large space contains 2 sofa beds which can sleep additional children comfortably, but can also be an additional living space. Balcony with expansive north west views.

    2 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • North East Master Bedroom

    Bed new May 2016.This room gets the first sunshine of the day. Private balcony with expansive views. Extra large room with space for a single bed to be added if required. A peaceful, private space.

    1 x King bed

  • North West Bedrom

    One split king bed new May 2016 and two single beds, this room with lovely views to Paihia and Russell can accommodate from 2 to 4 people.

    1 x King single bed
    1 x Single bed
    1 x Split King bed

  • West Bedroom 2 Ground Floor

    This lovely hexagonal shaped room lined with rimu can accommodate 2 children in a single bed with pop up trundle bed. This bed can also be conformed as a double bed for 2 adults. Sliding door to deck

    1 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Roll-away bed


Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen $30.00 per person (required)
  • Mates rates: 5% off for members with 3 positive reviews from other Owners/Managers

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 7 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night. Excludes public holidays. Does not apply between 15 December and 15 January.

  • Gifts & giveaways: Free linen for stays 7 days or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Excludes public holidays. Does not apply between 15 December and 15 January.

*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 (7)

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  • Piwakawaka is in a wonderful part of the Russell area, away from...

    Piwakawaka is in a wonderful part of the Russell area, away from the town drama, but close enough to duck down for what you need. Lovely neighbourhood, and wonderful bush and wildlife.

    bruvasir 100%|7x Feb 2018

  • Beautiful large house just minutes from Russell township

    Beautiful large house just minutes from Russell township. We loved that we could have 2 families there and not be stepping on each others toes!

    AnnaY414 100%|3x Jan 2018

  • Lovely property

    Lovely property. Spotless, great location close to Russell. Great big garden. Lots of (clean) beds.

    kerres954 100%|2x Jan 2018

  • Great house perfect for 2 families

    Great house perfect for 2 families. We really enjoyed our stay. Very quiet and mooring our boat at the bottom of the road was fantastic. Thank you

    nicoan468 100%|10x Jan 2018

  • The location was ideal, just five minutes from the boat crossing and...

    The location was ideal, just five minutes from the boat crossing and similar into the lovely nearby town of Russell, but also a short walk down to the beach. The property was a home from home and perfect for a large group or family. The whole house was very clean and tidy, the beds were comfy, well equipped kitchen/BBQ and lots of space to relax downstairs. The outdoor space was also great, either relaxing on the decking, in the garden or star gazing from the upstairs balconies!

    HannahMc22 100%|1x Apr 2017

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