Flagstaff Lodge

Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa – Luxury Accommodation Russell

A century-old villa providing luxury boutique accommodation in the heart of charming Russell. Featuring contemporary style, NZ art, delicious local wine & food with relaxed, personal attention from your hosts.

The lodge offers four spacious ensuite rooms and a guest lounge – each uniquely styled – a relaxing courtyard and a boutique day spa offering massage and beauty treatments using premium Thalgo and OPI products.

The entire lodge is available for group or exclusive bookings.

Fully restored and modernised, Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa is also steeped in history.  The lodge is named after a famous period in the early 1840’s in which Maori chief Hone Heke Pokai, several times cut down the British flagstaff standing on top of nearby Flagstaff/Maiki Hill.  Following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Hone Heke became concerned by developments which he felt were not in the spirit of the Treaty and were disadvantaging Maori and so took action.  The attacks on the flagstaff ultimately resulted in the battle of Kororareka (Russell) in 1845 which led to the fleeing of the residents and serious damage to the town.

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The lodge is currently owned by Jessie (a Kiwi) & Ruth (a Brit) who met en route to Jordan whilst Jessie was living in the UK.  Jessie’s background is in local government management and Ruth is a lawyer and having decided it was time for a new adventure, chose to be in lovely Russell. Buying beautiful and historic Flagstaff Lodge in 2009 gave the perfect excuse to stay. They are both well travelled and love to take extended trips during the quieter winter months.

Local Attractions

Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa is just a two minute hill-free walk to Russell’s cafes, restaurants and seafront. Enjoy its unique character as you stroll through the local art galleries, shops and historic buildings.  For those interested in water activities, Russell is the perfect base from which to enjoy the Bay of Island’s world class game fishing, sailing, diving, parasailing and viewing/swimming with dolphins.  Nearby, enjoy a round of golf, go horse-riding, explore secluded beaches or visit an award winning winery.

Your hosts are pleased to offer friendly assistance with local advice, tour bookings and travel arrangements.

The Location

Situated in the heart of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Russell is a charming, historic seaside town, which is well-served with good restaurants, quality art galleries and stylish shops. Dotted with wonderful heritage buildings, the sub-tropical climate and a pristine harbour all create a truly special atmosphere and make Russell a perfect destination for discerning travellers.

If the hustle and bustle of Paihia is not quite for you, Russell is the ideal choice as your Bay of Islands base.

View Location Map» Airports and driving times (with information on the best routes)

Photo Tour» Photos of the Lodge and location.

Roadside Stories about Russell