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Whether you’re looking for budget family motels in Paihia or luxury retreats in Russell, there are no short of affordable and waterfront accommodations in Paihia and the Bay of Islands.
The most popular type of accommodation in Paihia is the budget-friendly 4-star hotels and motels. There are a whole lot of them along the main road of Paihia, and many are family-friendly. So depending on the itinerary and the activities you plan to do in Paihia, the location of your accommodation may be a very important factor in your travel planning.
In this post, you’ll find our top recommendations on accommodation in Paihia and Russell, ranging from budget waterfront hostels to award-winning luxury retreats to help you plan your memorable holiday in the Bay of Islands.
We’ll also share our family reviews on a couple of popular family accommodations in Paihia so you can visualize the standards of an economy motel/hotel.
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Where should I stay in the Bay of Islands?
Most travellers stay in Paihia as a base to explore the Bay of Islands. There are budget hostels, family motels and 4-star hotels in Paihia, so if you prefer to be in the town centre where it’s vibrant with tourists, then Paihia is a good base.
However, some may prefer to stay in Russell or Kerikeri for a secluded getaway among nature, especially for families and the elderly. Russell is a small town that you can around on foot. There are boutique shops, restaurants and a museum for those who prefer a relaxing and slow-paced holiday.
Luxury Accommodation in Paihia
Let’s start with the luxury accommodation in Paihia. Paihia Beach Resort & Spa comes to mind as the most family-friendly luxury waterfront resort located a 10-minutes walk by the wharf where most cruises depart from. Paihia Beach Resort is away from the backpacker hub and budget motels but within walking distance to the main town centre where all the restaurants are. So if you’re looking for a comfortable stay in the Bay of Islands, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa is an excellent option.
The Waterfront Suites Paihia, like the name suggests, is another waterfront 5-star hotel in Paihia featuring luxury suites. If you’re looking for accommodation in Paihia that is self-catering and is fully equipped with a kitchen, then The Waterfront Suites Paihia is a great choice.
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Budget Accommodation in Paihia
If you’re looking to stay in Paihia for a period of time or are on a budget, our top recommendation would be Haka Lodge Bay of Islands. Although classified as a 4.5-star hostel, Haka Lodge offers private rooms with a communal kitchen that faces out to the water.
According to my adventurous mother who recently stayed at Haka Lodge, it was the best waterfront accommodation in Paihia that won’t break your bank. The site managers looked after the hostel so well that it was sparkly clean and very comfortable.
Economy Motels & Hotels
Most tourists would probably choose an economy motel or hotel as a base in Paihia. These accommodations in Paihia are affordable, and most of them have a central location. You can expect a basic but comfortable stay at these motels & hotels.
Here are a few top-rated recommendations in no particular order, and scroll down for our family reviews on two family motels in Paihia.
- Allegra House
- Edgewater Palms Apartments
- Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
- Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
- Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
- Breakwater Motel
- Blue Pacific Apartments
- Edelweiss Motel
- Sea Spray Suites – Heritage Collection
- Pioneer Waterfront Apartments
- Anchorage Motel
Our family has been to Paihia a number of times, and we stayed at Bounty Motel during one of our road trips from Auckland to Cape Reinga. Bounty Motel is just a tad bit far from Paihia Wharf and the town centre, but still within walking distance if you’re up for a stroll.
Like many other motels here in Paihia, there’s nothing fancy about Bounty Motel, but it provides an affordable and comfortable stay with the kids. Our family room had 3 single beds and a queen bed and we particularly enjoyed having separate space from the kids.
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Dolphin Motel Paihia
We stayed 2 nights at a budget family accommodation in Pahia – Dolphin Motel this weekend. We chose to stay at Dolphin Motel specifically for its last-minute availability, convenient location at an affordable price. There weren’t many facilities like a swimming pool or a games room at Dolphin Motel, but it did have Sky TV, and we enjoyed family movie nights cuddled up on the couch.
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Accommodation in Russell
The Bay of Islands holds some of the most luxury hotels and resorts on the North Island of New Zealand. Eagles Nest in Russell is a multi-award winning retreat sitting on its own private ridgeline, offering a spectacular view of the Bay of Islands from the heated infinity pool of your villa. There’s usually a minimum stay of 2 nights during peak season, and prices range from $2000 upwards per night.
The Duke of Marlborough
We’ve introduced The Duke of Marlborough in our post Top Things To Do in Paihia and the Bay of Islands as the first licensed bar, restaurant and hotel in New Zealand. Not only The Duke of Marlborough is a waterfront accommodation with exquisite rooms, but it’s also a historic landmark in New Zealand.
I hope this post has given you a general idea of the types of accommodation in Paihia and Russell, and hopefully, you can choose a few that’s suitable for your next holiday in the Bay of Islands.
Of course, there are many many accommodation options in Paihia, Russell and even Kerikeri. We’ve provided some resources for you below. Choose your favourite hotel booking site/app, put in the dates of your trip and browse through the ones that fall into your budget with the best reviews.
Hope you have a wonderful trip to the Bay of Islands and as always, we’d love to hear about your trip!
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