Pukeko Cottage

Homestay Backpacker Accommodation in Russell, Bay of Islands

Thanks Barry for your hospitality and local knowledge. So homely its like staying at a favourite uncles place not a hostel. Good luck with your planned alterations. Phillipa and Dan, UK

Dear Barry, quite simply the best backpacking experience. It was comfortable, homely and I would recommend it to any of my friends heading to Russell. If I ever get the chance to return to NZ I will back to stay. Thank you very much for opening your home. All the best. Shannon, South Africa

Dear Barry, thank you so much for having us! You are positively the most friendly and helpful host in the Country! We REALLY enjoyed our stay especially the cats! Best wishes for your busy year ahead. James and Kym, Akaroa

Great nights sleep, excellent accommodation. Will recommend this place! Love the cat! Colin, Scotland

Such a nice and excellent place to stay and relax. Thank you Barry for being such a cheerful host. A shame we have to continue our travels now next time we will stay longer. Good luck and see you again. Marion and Oliver, Germany

Thanks for five days in a most brilliant hostel, though calling this kind of homestay a hostel seems to be a bit of a disgrace. I have enjoyed your hospitality as well as your personalities these past few days, and it occurs to me that it has felt almost like home. But to sum up the experience in a few words : perfect tranquillity and perfect atmosphere. See you around in a couple of years. Jens Clausen Denmark

We very much enjoyed our stay here in the Bay of Islands and in particular at your wonderful Pukeko cottage. We had splendid weather and were very happy with our little balcony with a view. You have been very welcoming and accessible. We are happy to spread the rumour about your great place. Many thanks! Andries and Yteke Kamminger, The Netherlands

Thank you very much for a fantastic place to stay. We have enjoyed our time here very, very much. A great start to our honeymoon.All the best. Simon and Michelle, UK

Barry, my stay here in the caravan was delightful! Quite self contained but with access to the kitchen, bathroom, cottage and the funny tales told by your gregarious self. Thanks for everything. See you next time! Brynn, USA

We had a fantastic time here in Russell and your Pukeko Cottage. Enjoyed sleeping in the caravan and relaxing in the farmhouse with the cats. Just what we needed coming to the end of our NZ trip. All the best. Diego and Charlotte, UK