Where to Find Self-Catering Accommodations in Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia and the Bay of Islands
The subtropical North Island region of the Bay of Islands is home to fruit orchards, vineyards and fresh seafood. Staying in self-catering accommodation and using fresh local ingredients to cook with is not only a true foodie experience but an easy way to cut costs on your trip. We go through some of your best options for cooking your own meals with this list of the best self-catering accommodations in the Bay of Islands, including the towns of Paihia, Kerikeri and Russell.
For more advice on planning your trip, check out The Complete Travel Guide to the Bay of Islands and the 15 Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.
1. Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments (Paihia)
Couples, families and larger tribes will find something to suit at the Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments. Each studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment is modernly decorated with nature incorporated into the decor with wooden floors and bamboo furniture. There are full kitchens by tri-fold doors onto your own barbecue area and private lawn, making for a sociable space to share meals. While the apartments are not serviced, the rubbish is taken away daily. Be sure to check out more apartments with self-catering facilities listed in the 15 Best Holiday Homes & Apartments in the Bay of Islands.
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2. Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments (Kerikeri)
For a convenient stay in Kerikeri with your own self-catering facilities, Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments is located within walking distance of the town centre. The self-contained units come in a variety to suit a range of styles and budgets. The “Lockwood Standard Studio” is the most affordable option, set in attractive timber-lined cabins, while the “One-Bedroom Apartment” is a stylish option with a king bed and sofa bed in the lounge area suitable for a family stay. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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- Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments on Expedia
3. Sea Spray Suite – Heritage Collection (Paihia)
If you’re looking for self-catering in Paihia, choose the Heritage Collection at the Sea Spray Suites. The suites are set across the road from the picturesque Te Tii Beach at the northern end of town and are just a short walk from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The one and two-bedroom suites have a wonderful indoor-to-outdoor flow from your private lounge to the balcony. Aside from having your own spacious and modern kitchen, there’s also a barbecue area for guests. For similar accommodation in the middle of town, try The Waterfront Suites, also by Heritage.
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4. Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel (Kerikeri)
Stay among the fruit trees of Kerikeri at the Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel. Their 10 one-bedroom chalets are ideal for couples, as well as families as three chalets have a bunk bed in the living room. Aside from having your own space with self-catering facilities, a bathroom with shower, free WiFi and more in your chalet, the complex also has a solar-heated swimming pool, a barbecue area and guest laundry. See more motels with self-catering facilities listed in the 20 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands.
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5. Hananui Lodge and Apartments (Russell)
Stay in the historic town of Russell at the Hananui Lodge and Apartments. Boasting unobstructed sea views from its waterfront location, Hananui Lodge offers a wide range of apartments with kitchenettes to suit most groups’ needs and wants. The decor is fresh and modern, capturing the daylight shining through your sliding doors out to your private balcony or patio. Guests have access to the lodge’s tennis courts and kayaks, while some apartments feature spa pools.
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6. Relax a Lodge (Kerikeri)
Those on a tighter budget should consider Relax a Lodge in Kerikeri. With affordable double, twin and triple rooms in their farmhouse combined with a functional communal kitchen, it certainly ticks the boxes for one of the best self-catering accommodations in the Bay of Islands. In addition, there’s a swimming pool, pigs to feed, freshly laid eggs to gather for breakfast, and more. For alternative cheap stays, check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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7. Marlin Court Motel (Paihia)
Affordable accommodation for families and groups awaits at the Marlin Court Motel. The motel offers self-contained studios for three guests, one-bedroom apartments for four and two-bedroom apartments for five. Rooms are basic yet comfortable but the Marlin Court Motel really shines through its facilities, which include a seasonal and attractive outdoor pool, barbecue area, on-site parking, and rooms with a private patio or balcony. All of that with access to your own kitchen facilities.
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8. Sunseeker Cottages (Paihia)
Perched on the hills of Haruru, just outside of Paihia, Sunseeker Cottages boasts some of the most tremendous views in the area. If you’re looking for a true holiday experience, this self-catering accommodation won’t disappoint. All of the two-bedroom cottages here are freestanding with their own elevated balcony to soak in the scenery. Enjoy a barbecue on the balcony or make use of the spacious open-plan kitchen. The cottages are ideal for families of four, as well as couples looking to treat themselves. See alternative small-scale accommodations like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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9. Commodores Lodge (Russell)
Lining the waterfront of Russell, Commodores Lodge offers another fantastic alternative location for your self-catering accommodation in the Bay of Islands. With a swimming pool and spa pool, as well as free use of kayaks, bicycles and a barbecue, this motel effortlessly puts you into holiday mode. As for the rooms, you have elegantly furnished suites, family units and self-contained units to choose from, all of which have self-catering facilities.
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10. Edgewater Palms Apartments (Paihia)
Like it says on the tin, the Edgewater Palms Apartments is your water’s edge self-catering accommodation in Paihia. Make the most of the beach with watersports hire, vistas from the on-site restaurant, and from the infinity pool. The apartment hotel offers a range of fully self-contained apartments so you can enjoy your own space combined with homely amenities including a kitchen. Choose from one and two-bedroom apartments with either pool/garden or ocean view. Waterfront and penthouse rooms are also an option to upgrade. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands.
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More Self-Catering Accommodations in the Bay of Islands
That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in the Bay of Islands. For more self-catering stays or things to do, check out the following:
- 20 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands
- 15 Best Holiday Homes & Apartments in the Bay of Islands
- 15 Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands
Finally, if there’s anything about planning a trip to the Bay of Islands that we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to the Bay of Islands.