Arcadia Lodge,
Russell Bay of Islands

Historic charm, gourmet food & glorious views.

For more than 100 years, guests from all over the world have enjoyed the warm hospitality of Arcadia Lodge. We’re a local icon, overlooking the gorgeous Matauwhi Bay, and just a short stroll to the village of Russell (also known as Kororareka), New Zealand’s first capital town.

Our heritage house offers luxury accommodation consisting of 5 suites or rooms, as well as the fully self-contained Arcadia Cottage, for those who seek a more independent stay.

Explore, unwind, and add your own chapter to our rich history. 

Six unique spaces

Every room has been thoughtfully presented to make your stay one-of-a-kind. Arcadia Lodge is a large house with plenty of room to relax and unwind.  Most of the suites have their own private lounge, deck and, of course, beautiful views overlooking the bay.

Arcadia Suites

Self-Contained cottage

For guests seeking the Arcadia experience, albeit with a little more space and privacy, Arcadia Cottage is a large, fully self-contained, two-bedroom retreat, catering for up to four guests, and with the same wonderful views.

Arcadia Cottage
Living roomFront door to Arcadia Lodge

Plenty of room to relax & Unwind

Arcadia Is a lovely large old house. The suites & cottage have their own lounges and deck areas with outdoor furniture and there are some lovely separate areas to relax in. The front deck has a wonderful, electric shade awning to protect from the Northland sun.

Your hosts live in a separate house on the property, and are more than happy to help with anything you need, in a non-fussy way, to ensure you have the best local knowledge about the wonderful things to do in the Bay of Islands. Their goal is for you to have the best stay. Arcadia is yours to enjoy.

The kitchen has a lovely selection of local fresh coffee & teas with home baking, along with our honesty bar, featuring a curated selection of Northland wines, offered at wholesale prices. All part and parcel of a relaxing stay and ensuring you enjoy every moment.

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A taste of Russell

Breakfast at Arcadia Lodge is the culmination of more than 20 years' culinary experience, and part of the reason we hold the top Trip Advisor rating in the South Pacific. It’s fresh, healthy and brought to life with local produce, including ingredients from our very own chef’s garden.

Your Breakfast
Robyn and friends on the Phantom BoatDinner with a view at Gabels, Russell

Live like a local

We’re in tune with the community, going out of our way to ensure your stay is authentic and memorable. Benefit from our connections to unique experiences to make the most of your stay, we know who does a great job at looking after you.

Our Partners

The Complete Package

The best of Arcadia Lodge, matched seamlessly with the Bay of Islands.

What people are saying about us

“What a fabulous place to stay. Character, privacy, individual style and hosts that cannot be faulted.”
- Margaret
“So much history in this beautiful house. The views are to die for. Breakfast on the deck was perfect!”
- Dave
“Peter and Greg were amazing hosts from the moment we arrived, making sure we were sorted with everything we needed.”
- Warren