About Us

"...there's a place called Kokomo
that's where you want to go to get away from it all..." 
The Beach Boys (Kokomo)

Kokomo Retreat is located at Tapeka Point, at the entrance to the world famous Bay of Islands, and a sought after place to stay in Russell. 
Approximately three hours drive from Auckland and just two kilometres from the historic village of Russell, we have three beautiful beachfront apartments overlooking the stunning bay.

Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, our waterfront property has access to a secluded beach and has hosted hundreds of travellers from all over the world for the last 5 years.
We look forward to welcoming you to our piece of paradise.

A Magical Experience

We have breathtaking views across the water, and there's nothing better than relaxing in the spa and enjoying the beautiful vista.

You may see orca whales passing by or dolphins playing in waves – and you can use our complimentary kayaks to paddle out and join them.

Tapeka boasts two beaches ideal for fishing, swimming and other water sports as well as an all-tide boat ramp.

There is also an abundance of great walking tracks in the area.

How to Get Here

Historic Russell

Just down the road, is New Zealand's first capital – Kokorareka, now known as Russell.

Originally a Maori Pa (fortification), the town became New Zealand's first European settlement with the arrival of whalers. It gained a notorious reputation and became known as the 'Hell Hole of the Pacific'.

Now it's a quaint, cool little village full of historical sites to explore, and delicious cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

Explore Northland

Kokomo Retreat is perfectly placed to get out and discover everything that Northland has to offer.

Visit the famous 'Hole in the Rock', a popular way to view the Islands of the Bay. Or get out on the water with a sailing trip or fishing charter.

Nearby are Kauri Cliffs, Waitangi, Kerikeri and other world class golf courses.

We can provide recommendations on what to do and see.

Experience the Bay of Islands

About Dave & Anita

Dave and Anita are born and bred Kiwis who have lived in the Russell area since 2016. Very proud to call the Bay of Islands home, we took over ownership of Kokomo Retreat in 2019 and love to share our little piece of paradise with our guests.

In addition to Kokomo Retreat, we also own or manage several other places to stay in Russell.

Dave also owns the Cookie Time franchise here in Northland and Anita works as CFO for one of our largest tourism operators in the area.

In our spare time, we love to travel, both overseas and here in New Zealand. Dave is an avid sports fan while Anita is involved with a number of charities, including Trustee for the Russell Museum. We are passionate about the Bay of Islands and its history and love nothing better than to share ideas on places to visit over a glass of the local wine.

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Nikolaus - Auckland

Dave, who lives directly above the apartment, is easy to communicate with and takes good care of the place - everything was sparkling clean! We had a very enjoyable stay and appreciated the abundance of amenities that were offered to us - Nespresso coffee machine, hot tub, kayaks, beach access etc. Thanks for the memorable experience!

Jeannie - Waikato

Loved this place. went in the spa/hot tub and watched the tuis in the trees/flax and the sea....we even saw a weka! The room was stylish and spotless and the shower was fantastic. great location...with a stony beach to walk on at your doorstep. Thanks for having us!

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