Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
At a Glance
This is the ultimate private villa experience - whether you decide to go it alone or to have chefs, trainers, chauffeurs and spa therapists, the villas alone provides a high level of luxury and you will leave Eagles Nest feeling revived and energised
Cutting edge, architecturally designed villas
The larger villas are absolutely perfect for families, with private pools and plenty of space
Perfectly located to explore historic Russell
Explore the region by helicopter, landing on the property's very own helipad
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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
Wake up early and watch the sun rising over the bay changing the star filled night sky to deep cobalt as the first sleepy boats drift out with white sails across the bay.
Take out Cool Change for a day cruise and picnic lunch or sunset cruise and explore the islands and beaches for your very own. A MUST experience.
Wander down to Russell for lunch overlooking the beach outside the Duke of Marlborough for some of the best fish and chips in town.
To start planning your holiday to Eagles Nest
Nestled on the ridgeline of a private peninsula on the east coast of the North Island lies a place of serenity, beauty, healing and harmony. Eagles Nest is a private villa estate where each villa has its own personality and long list of luxury comforts.
Eagles Nest is a secluded retreat in the breathtaking Bay of Islands, where the pressures of life are lost amidst the stunning natural beauty of the sub tropical paradise. Casually elegant, all of the five villas are uniquely appointed with original artwork and antique furnishings and all have outdoor Jacuzzis, wonderful views and gourmet kitchens. Four of the villas have full size private swimming pools.
Walk through native New Zealand bush to your own private beaches, soak up the sun, enjoy an invigorating swim in your private, heated infinity-edge lap pool or simply luxuriate in the in-villa spa treatments. Dining is an integral part of your stay at Eagles Nest who have the finest chefs ready to attend to your every culinary need with locally sourced, fresh produce cooked just the way you like it.
The Bay of Islands is a world-renowned holiday destination for deep sea and big game fishing as well as sailing and cruising throughout the many picture-perfect islands, bays and coves. It is also known for its dolphin watching, secluded beaches, lush native bush walks and historic attractions. It epitomises clean, green New Zealand. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking, parasailing, sky diving, water skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling are all available. Tennis in Russell and golf at Waitangi or the internationally acclaimed Kauri Cliffs can be arranged.
The Villas here are capacious and private. The one-bedroom 'First Light' is the ultimate honeymoon love nest with mezzanine bedroom with spectacular views, deck with Jacuzzi and three-sided balcony. 'Eyrie' and 'Eagle Spirit' have three bedrooms, 18m infinity swimming pools, Jacuzzis and ocean views. 'Sacred Space' has four bedrooms, pool and a two-storey glass living room and Rahimoana has four bedrooms, 320 degree views, gym, sauna, 25 m pool and use of a Porsche. All villas feature a home theatre system, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi, local artworks, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, DVD library, access to private beach and a minibar.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Eagles Nest and the villas here provide a perfect environment for a wonderful family holiday. Cots and highchairs can be arranged free of charge but there are no other specific facilities except for babysitting.
At Eagles Nest all villas include Laurent Perrier champagne on arrival and daily replenished fruit platters and gourmet breakfast provisions. A nominal charge is applied for personal chefs, catering, personal trainers and beauty and massage therapists. At Rahimoana, personal butlers, chauffeurs and additional security can also be provided.
Guests have the option of self-catering and each villa comes with gourmet kitchen facilities - choose for your fridge to be stocked for you with the wonderful array of fresh local produce or head to one of the local stores or farmers markets to stock up. The finest chefs are available to prepare your meals for you and can tailor menus according to your requirements. Deluxe Spa therapies can also be arranged in the comfort of your villa and trained therapists will relax and rejuvenate you.
Activities included in your stay at Eagles Nest include the use of mountain bikes, the jogging track and the free weights and Swiss balls. The following activities are just some of those that can be organised at an additional cost: Dolphin and whale watching, sea kayaking, parasailing, sky diving, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
For guests looking for privacy during their stay in New Zealand, Eagles Nest is an excellent choice. Located just outside the quaint seaside town of Russell in the Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest is made up of five luxury villas, all with spectacular views over the water. The villas are quite minimalist, but beautifully designed and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The breakfast provisions in the morning were plentiful, and you then have the option to self cater at lunch or dinner, arrange a private chef or dine out in Russell itself. Our stay here was terrific and we could have stayed on much longer - make sure you spend at least two, if not three, nights to really make the most of it. You'll want to spend one day on the water, but it's worthwhile factoring in time to lounge by your private swimming pool.
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
These villas offer the ultimate luxury escape. Located on a peninsular in Russell, Eagles Nest is extremely private and quiet and each villa is self contained, meaning you can be left completely alone or have as much help as needed from the staff. The villas are minimalist in style yet homely and have everything you need to enjoy your stay and the views are some of the best I have ever seen!
Jules Maury (Staff)
The Bay of Islands evokes a mystery and 'must do' in a trip to New Zealand. Flying into Eagle's Nest in the Bay of Islands by helicopter to stay the night at Rahimoana was pure Bond. Like Minaret its views and architecture are just jaw-dropping amazing. We flew like a dragonfly over a bay of jewels, emerald green islands with golden beaches, sapphire blue seas and aquamarine skies laced with lapis. The Island with the hole - or hole in the rock - Piercy Island stop where we perched like a bird on a tiny platform overlooking the Bay of Islands was awesome. William and his team welcomed us into Eagles's Nest and one look at the sun setting over the simply magnificent view as enough to silence everyone. It is not for everyone as the fabulous minimalistic glass architecture is there for a reason - to bring sky and sea into your space. There is no need for anything other than the view but our chef cooked a wonderful dinner that night with champagne and canaps beside the fire first overlooking the sun dying into a wine dark sea. Everything here is about glass reflecting colour and the view. There is every luxury from the sauna, gym, fabulous lap pool, slate hot tub and a sense of the world stopping for a few wonderful days. Trot down to the beach which is 7 minutes away or they will drive you into picturesque Russell where some of the first settlers arrived in this country. The Duke of Marlborough or The Gables are wonderful options for those staying in their other Eyries (one to 3 bedroom) on a bed and breakfast basis and they will shuttle you down. Rahimoana have their own Porsche Cayenne of course.....
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
Eagles Nest offers totally self-contained villas in a unique setting on a peninsular in Russell, overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands. The villas are brilliant for families as they have two and four bedroom options, each with their own impressive private swimming pool and kitchen. If you do not want to cook for yourself the restaurants of Russell are just down the hill and you can even get a private chef in to your villa to cook you up some local delights. The villas are contemporary in style with modern amenities, even coming equipped with your own ipad so you can drop the staff a quick email with any questions or requirements. They are always on hand with buggies should there be anything you need, from ice cubes to booking a boat trip around the bay. It is chic, stylish and brilliantly private so a fantastic place to escape to.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
Russells most impressive offering Im sure. These self-contained villas are set on a private peninsula with striking views over the Bay of Islands. The villas are totally secluded, with electric gates and contact with management is via iPad. This means if you would prefer not to interact with anyone, this is most certainly achievable and incredibly ahead of time! Each villa has a modern kitchen, your fridge is stocked with breakfast and on request, you can have your own in villa chef. Living quarters are minimal with breath-taking views! They say that Eagles News is a place of serenity, beauty, healing and harmony and I can agree it does just that.
With only six private villas on a 75-acre estate, the luxurious Eagles Nest guarantees peace and quiet in an extraordinary location overlooking the Bay of Islands. Activities include waterskiing, golf and diving, and there are private wilderness guides, fitness instructors and massage therapists on call. Chefs are at hand to prepare gourmet meals for guests in their own villas.
X-factor: The stunning, contemporary villas have from one to four bedrooms, home cinemas or projector screens and viewing decks. Four have private infinity-edged pools.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Nestled on a ridge on a private peninsula in the Bay of Islands, each individually designed villa has a private infinity pool, most of which have stunning views out to sea and the islands beyond.
I find this property work incredibly well for families as each villa has a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals - they provide you with a breakfast starter pack and then in the evening, you can either cook for yourselves or they can organise a private chef to come and prepare dinner for you in your villa. A real treat!
Cape Reinga private Helicopter Tour
The Cape Reinga tour is for those who wish to spend time enjoying the magnificent natural wonders of the North. You will be over-awed by the grandeur of the mighty Kauri trees, the expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and the mystique of Cape Reinga.
Cruise the Hole in the Rock - Shared
Explore the famous Hole in the Rock on a sightseeing cruise of the Bay of Islands, departing at 12.30pm.
Diving the Poor Knights Islands - Shared
Twenty three kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast and washed by warm currents swept South from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon and one of the most renowned dive sites in the world.
Sailing on Cool Change - Private Day Sailing Charter
Cool Change is a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world famous Bay of Islands. Your private charter will explore the beautiful bays and islands, with a delicious lunch onboard.
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Location & directions
Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Eagles Nest is a secluded retreat in the breathtaking Bay of Island, North Island, New Zealand. Perched on the Tapeka tip of the Russell Peninsula.
How to get there
Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) Airport is the closest airport to the Eagles Nest. Air New Zealand and Air Nelson have daily flights from Auckland International Airport to Kerikeri. The Eagles Nest is a 1-hour drive from Kerikeri Airport. Alternatively, it's a 3-hour drive from Auckland.
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