Elevate Escape

Elevate Escape

Russell, Northland

Elevate Escape is perfectly placed just 15 minutes from Russell Village (Kororāreka) in the picturesque Bay of Islands. 

Perched high on a bush-clad property, this unique retreat offers a breathtaking panoramic view. Stretching across valleys, vineyards, forest, islands, bays and ocean, the scenery is captivating, inviting you to lose track of time in its beauty.

Inside the cabin, luxury abounds in every detail. Tasmanian hardwood floors complement the unique timber detailing throughout, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The space is designed for comfort and indulgence.

The queen-sized bed can be rolled out on the deck for breakfast in bed - or an unobstructed view of the star-studded sky at night, while kiwis call in the bush around the cabin. The dual-person shower with expansive glass windows provides unparalleled views. An outdoor bath perched on the ridge's edge offers the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine while soaking in the incredible scenery. 

Laze the day away in the hammock reading a book with a large brim hat. Finish off the evening at the outdoor fire pit roasting marshmallows under the stars. 

The special features of this stunning escape will leave a lasting impression, ensuring that the memory of your stay lingers long after you've departed.

FROM $535 p/n

Includes 4WD Transfers

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


117 Paroa Bay Road, Russell 0272


Elevate Escape is 15 minutes from Russell Village in the Bay of Islands.

If you have your own 4WD with low gearing, you will be able to self-drive to the cabin (with prior approval from the hosts).  If you have a 2WD or AWD vehicle you’ll need to park in front of the garage halfway up the driveway. From there you will pick up the Elevate 4x4 guest transfer vehicle which is provided for your use (on-site only) during your stay. The 4x4 has low gearing and is easy and safe to drive up and down between the cabin and garage. 

If for any reason you are uncomfortable self-driving please let your host know prior to or during your stay and your hosts will come transfer you up or down from the cabin (for check-in and check-out). 

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Elevate Escape is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the two-burner gas stove provided in your kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking, Russell Village is conveniently located just 15 minutes away. Sage Restaurant at Paroa Bay Winery is just a few minutes down the road with delicious food, cheeseboards, and wine. Other nearby dining options to explore, as highly recommended by your hosts, include Seaside CafeThe Duke of Marlborough. Hone's Garden and Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Russell Village, 15 minutes away.

  • things to do

    At Elevate Escape, you'll find a haven for both relaxation and connection. You will find yourselves entranced by the stunning view, the incredible sunrises, colourful clouds, graceful flight of birds or the passing boats in the distance. Indulge in the pleasure of an outdoor bath - or for a truly tranquil experience, sleep under the stars on a bed that rolls onto the deck.

    For those seeking a bit of activity, an adventurous bush walk is available right on the property. Alternatively, you can explore the numerous beaches along the stunning Bay of Islands coast. Or visit historic Russell village for a bit of cultural history. 

    For a special adventure, consider embarking on an exclusive yacht charter for day and overnight trips. Book here to savour a beautiful unique private sailing experience to islands such as Waewaetorea and Urupukapuka, which are both viewable from Elevate Escape!

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Elevate Escape are Lewis and Sara, along with their newborn Son, Skye, and their furry friend, Captain Ron “Cap”.  Your guest liaison, Iona, will be available for any queries prior to or during your stay.  

    Lewis purchased the property three years ago. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean, and landing in the Bay of Islands, he was completely captivated by the spectacular views from the hilltop. They were inspired to create a hilltop retreat and proceeded to make it happen. They developed the property, transported the one-of-a-kind craftsman-built cabin to the site, and added an incredible cliffside bathtub to enhance the experience.

    Lewis and Sara also run Elevate Charters, a catamaran yacht charter business, which you are welcome to book for a day trip during your stay.

    The name "Elevate Escape" reflects the idea of rising above it all and leaving your worries behind in the valley. It's a place to unplug, reconnect and recharge.


  • "

    Beautiful spot, very relaxing and unique. The shower and outdoor bath are highlights, and it's nice to have the indoor and outdoor fireplaces as well. The bed was very comfortable, and we definitely managed to relax and enjoy the surroundings.


    Brendan Little - 10 Jul 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Amazing place to stay, very relaxing.


    Zak Broekhuizen-Hartwell - 01 Jul 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Elevate is just magical! The views are stunning, the cabin is cosy, and the hosts are attentive and helpful. It's a perfect place to disconnect and recharge. An absolute must-stay!


    Kapua Togo - 19 Jun 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    What an amazing experience! A beautiful piece of paradise to immerse yourself in, where you can't help but soak up peace and tranquility. If relaxation is your aim, you can't help but find it in this exceptional piece of Northland.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Absolutely most amazing place you could ever stay, so peaceful and soul reviving


    - 22 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    Incredible stay at an amazing location, with stunning views and accommodation. Worth every bit! Lots of effort and craftsmanship have gone into developing this amazing getaway.


    - 20 Apr 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    The views were second to none; we couldn’t take our eyes off them. Serene, relaxing, and everything we were hoping for. Rolling out of bed at sunrise was prettier than words can describe. The view from the bath is like bathing on top of the world. We loved it.


    - 09 Apr 2024

    7 / 12

  • "

    Staying at Elevate Escape felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was the most perfect place to relax, rewind, and revitalise the body and soul. The wildlife, views, nature, and environment completely reset your body and mind, making you step back and realise how lucky we are to be in this beautiful country. The retreat of a lifetime.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    8 / 12

  • "

    Beautiful accommodation in a magical setting. The best place to forget the rest of the world for a day or two.


    - 27 Mar 2024

    9 / 12

  • "

    This was the first night of our honeymoon trip. Jess was the most friendly, responsive, and accommodating host when we had flight issues on our way to NZ. When we arrived in the rain, the view was stunning and serene, and it was equally beautiful in the sun the next day. A perfect stay with such thoughtful touches - an amazing experience!


    - 27 Jan 2024

    10 / 12

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    Our stay here was absolutely perfect. The location is so peaceful and the view is stunning. Soaking in the outdoor bath under the stars and rolling the bed out to watch the sunrise was pure bliss. Our hosts were lovely and so easy to contact if we needed to. We would recommend Elevate Escape to anyone looking for a luxury getaway.


    - 16 Jan 2024

    11 / 12

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    Elevate Escape is simply breathtaking.


    - 16 Jan 2024

    12 / 12

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