Eagles Nest Est. 2008

Eagles Nest, Tapeka Road, Russell, New Zealand

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Explore the ultimate maritime playground at one of New Zealand's most luxurious retreats. 
Eat fresh locally sourced food, choose from a superb wine cellar, and utilize additional culinary resources within the privacy of your own stylish villa. It's not just nautical adventures though, as you can ride horses, bike around, and play golf at this gorgeous enclave.
The Lowdown
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Boutique Hotel
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Restaurant / Private Dining
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

This multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage.

Redefining the Luxury Hotel paradigm

Unlike so many New Zealand luxury hotels, Eagles Nest at Russell in the Bay of Islands also offers the services of its own resident personal trainer and spa therapists ensuring the most indulgent of stays.

Four of the five world class villas offers its own private heated horizon edged lap pool, all offering private Jacuzzis, air conditioning, original artworks, home theatre system, Ecostore amenities and fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

Our team of talented resident personal chefs can spoil you for the evening. They will offer a specially designed menu of your choice featuring freshly caught fish, venison, lamb, crayfish (lobster) and more. Eagles Nest personal chefs will prepare this meal in your own private villa. Giving you the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views, with a superb glass of New Zealand wine from the Estate’s extensive cellar.

(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

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Celebrations Hosted Here Since
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Beer/Wine/Champagne Only
Indoors Only
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Eco/Green Events
Kid Friendly Events
Handicap Accessible
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

As one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, Russell and the surrounding areas have a rich and colourful history.

Captain Cook first visited in 1769, putting the Bay of Islands on the European map. As a harbour, it was described as a most noble anchorage and it was little wonder that whalers and traders regularly stopped at the port of Kororareka for fresh water and supplies. Missionaries (Anglican and Catholic) followed in the 1820′s and 30′s and much of this history remains today. 

After discovering the diverse history of Russell you may wish to explore the Bay of Islands area further with a personal guide from Northland Limousines or engage in an authentic cultural experience with local Maori with Taiamai Tours. Visit the world’s largest Kauri tree and explore the Waipoua forest with a local maori guide with   Footprints Waipoua. The Bay of Islands and Te Rawhiti peninsula provide a wonderful choice of walks and hikes. These walks are accessible by road or foot from Eagles Nest. 

The Bay of Islands region features a number of golf courses offering superb views and world-class courses:

  • Kaitaia Golf Club - 18 Hole Par 72 Links Course
    Carrington – 18 Hole Par 72 Championship Course
    Kauri Cliffs – 18 Hole Par 73 Championship Course
    Keri Keri Golf Club - 18 Hole Par 73 Championship Course
    Waitangi Golf Club - 18 Hole Par 70 Course

Luxury car hire provided by Smart Cars can be a great option for guests wishing to experience some of New Zealand’s best driving roads and scenery. The retreat is located 3.5 hours drive from Auckland.

Awards & Notables

Eagles Nest is an award winning luxury resort that boasts and retains international acclaim.

2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards -Continent Winner  Luxury Hotel – Best Scenic Environment

2014 World Travel Awards – Australasia’s Leading Villa Resort

2014 World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Resort

2014 Signum Virtuis (the Seal of Excellence) at the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

2013 World Travel Awards – World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort

2013 Signum Virtuis (the Seal of Excellence) at the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

2013 World Travel Awards – Australasia’s Leading Villa Resort

2013 World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Resort

2012 Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence

2012 World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Resort

2011 World Travel Awards – Nominated as Australasia’s Leading Villas

2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Country Winner, Luxury Villa Resort

2011 World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Resort

2010 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Global Winner, Luxury Coastal Hotel

2010 Elite Traveler – Worlds Best Suite

2010 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Hot List

2010 Irish Independent Weekend – 10 Best Boutique Bolt-Holes Down Under

2010 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List

2009 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List Worlds Top 100 Hotels

2009 Tatler Magazine World’s Best 101 Hotels

2009 Best Hotels (Russia) Worlds Best 50 Hotels

2009 Luxury Holidays and Corporate Travel World’s 10 Best Cliff Edge Pools

2008 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List Highest Rated Hotel in the Worlds Top 100 Hotels

2008 Qualmark Exclusive Rating (one of only 8 in New Zealand)

2008 Luxury Travel & Style Rated in the top 15 best overseas boutique properties

2007 L Officiel Voyage Top 100 beach hotels in the World

2007 Kia Ora Air New Zealand Magazine Top ten New Zealand Luxury Lodges

2004 World Travel Awards New Zealand’s leading Resort

Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:

Gourmet Epicure and Personal Chefs, Local Food and Wine, Self Catering & the Bay of Islands Farmers Market.

Dining is an integral part of the Eagles Nest experience. Let the team of talented resident personal chefs awaken and delight the connoisseur within. Eagles Nest’s “Gourmet Epicure” showcases a diverse array of New Zealand’s finest produce sourced locally and nationwide to provide a true sensation for all the senses to savour. Personal Chef Menus can be downloaded from the Downloaded Info Section of this website.

Local Food and Wine

Northland Vineyards consistently produce medal-winning wines and all welcome visitors for tastings and cellar door sales. Accolades have been awarded to Northland Cheesemakers for their delicious cheeses. Citrus fruits and olives are grown widely. Locally made chocolate and coffee beans are a treat. The seafood is plentiful, fresh and magnificently varied. For great seaside dining options in Russell, visit The Duke of Marlborough, The Gables, Kamakura Waterfront Restaurant or Sally’s. 

Self Catering

Guests have the option of utilising their very own gourmet kitchen within their own private villa. Each villa features modern appliances including ovens, hobs, toasters, kettles, dishwashers, crockery and cutlery. Villas can be pre-stocked with your selection of provisions for a nominal fee or choose from two local general stores and the local Gourmet Grocer only two minutes drive from the Estate.

The Old Packhouse Market

The Old Packhouse Market, which operates each Saturday, is a great place for locals and visitors to source fresh, local produce; meet for coffee, breakfast or brunch, and enjoy some fabulous Northland hospitality!!
You will find good, honest, farm fresh products plus value added produce, good food together with great coffee. The Market is also a good place to purchase gifts from a wide range of talented Arts and Crafts stallholders.

Bay of Islands Farmers Market

The Bay of Islands Farmers Market, which is held in Kerikeri, every Sunday morning, is a leisurely affair and has been running since 2004 As well as fresh regional grown vegetables, it attracts speciality produce and gourmet goods including locally roasted coffee. Sub tropical fruit abounds, whether in preserves, jams or jellies.


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