I am an American living in NZ. I run a sailing charter business in the tourism industry between October and April. I enjoy meeting new people and have a strong interest in the arts.
We had an absolutely great stay in Plum Tree apartment. Walked back to the house every day from town, went swimming and was great to be able to make our own breakfast etc. We will be back!
Stayed a couple of nights in the apartment during summer.
Pros: the place is spacious and private, the loft bed is cute, there is a little kitchen and a large fridge so it's easy to self-cater, and Russell is much nicer than the kitschy Paihia across the water. The hosts run yacht tours so you can do a tour of the very pretty Bay of Islands with them if you want to.
Cons: maybe because it's below the main house, it was a bit musty and both my partner and I found ourselves sneezing and had to keep the doors and windows open. Probably some people wouldn't even notice, but if you're easily allergic, take antihistamines just in case.
Robin was a great host we would stay there again. The flat is good. We would say if possible go out in their boat it is a great day out .Lovely couple very friendly.David
A charming, funky little space in a lovely part of NZ. Great, helpful and informative hosts, Robin and Rick. Really made us feel welcome and had lots of great information for us about the area. Great to be in such a relaxed atmosphere with no pressures and privacy. We were lucky enough to be there during a full moon and it shone through our bedroom loft window and was just magical! We also went out on their boat, and really felt pampered. A+!
Our stay in Russell was very enjoyable - it was a great getaway for us and proved to be a worthwhile town to visit while touring the Bay of Islands area. The apartment was very comfortable and having a kitchen was an added bonus. Robin and Rick were super helpful and ensured we had a comfortable stay!
In a beautiful spot a little removed from the hustle and bustle of town (but still close enough to walk in), Robin and Rick's apartment was a lovely peaceful retreat.
What a lovely time we had in our little apartment. My daughter and I had everything we needed and loved the area. It was the perfect first stop for our New Zealand adventure! We especially enjoyed the cozy loft bed and sitting out on the little deck. The Plum Tree is close to everything with lots of restaurants and a grocery store for supplies. There is also a fresh fish shop just down the street to pick up something for dinner.
Self contained accommodation very well equipped with great hosts! A must is a day out on their yacht Phantom. Great stories of their amazing life on the seas. Would have no hesitation staying there again.
Robin and Rick are great hosts. The place is very delightfully unique and comfortable - the stay was a great experience. We went sailing with Robin and Rick - it was an amazing experience ; not just the beautiful sceneries but also it was great to hear their interesting life stories and passion towards sailing. We also saw dolphins close up at the sailboat which was really an once in a lifetime experience for us. Thanks very much!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay at Robin and Rick's apartment in Russell. We had everything we could possibly need and it was a great private location close to town. They were very accommodating and wonderful to meet. We didn't allow enough time to go sailing on their yacht, but given the chance again we certainly would love to! Robin & John (Seattle/WA)
Robin was very interesting, I really enjoyed a fascinating discussion with her and my roommate about what makes us tick!
Robin was a lovely person and a very interesting guest. When 2 ladies come together from a similar/same generation what results is a lot of great conversation - and so it was! In addition Robin was very considerate and tidy. I highly recommend Robin as a guest and would be happy to have her come again anytime!
Robin was a great guest to have stay, very friendly!