Boutique Lodges & B&Bs in the Bay of Islands
Escape the hustle and bustle of large hotels and motels and keep things simple, quiet and homely with one of the amazing boutique lodges and B&Bs of the Bay of Islands. While there are convenient options in the main towns of Kerikeri and Paihia, some of the real hidden gems can be found in the lodges outside of Russell, in the northern Bay of Islands and along the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Find the right fit for your getaway with this list of the best boutique accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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1. Treghan Luxury Lodge
Nestled in gardens, Treghan Luxury Lodge is all about peace and serenity. You have three choices of self-contained cottages at this boutique lodge, which is within walking distance of Kerikeri township. The Owner’s Cottage is a cute stay for couples, while the Birdsong and Tranquility Retreats offer a luxurious option for groups of four. Spruce up breakfast with organic provisions provided in the cottages’ modern and spacious kitchens.
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2. Bellrock Lodge
Capturing the heritage ambience of Russell through its decor combined with modern features, Bellrock Lodge makes for a fabulous boutique stay. There are just four spacious units, each with a fully-equipped and spacious kitchenette and French doors leading to majestic views over the bay. Upstairs is an attractive lounge, dining area and more balconies. This lodge is recommended for couples, solo travellers or a couple of friends travelling together. See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.
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3. Donkey Bay Inn
For a unique stay in the bay, check out this four-roomed hotel in Russell, the Donkey Bay Inn. Set on the edge of a quiet bay at the back of the town, this fabulous piece of architecture is a must for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. The suites and apartment-style rooms are set around an attractive courtyard with private access to the beach. For instance, the Skyfall room has 360-degree views of the Bay, while the Emperor’s Suite is an apartment-sized suite making for a real home away from home.
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4. Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge
Retreat to the hilltops of Mahinepua Beach at the Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge. The luxury B&B is the perfect springboard for exploring the Bay of Islands and the Far North, located 40 minutes north of Kerikeri and nearby the Whangaroa Harbour. There are two bedrooms available, one with a king bed and ensuite bathroom, as well as glass doors opening to a private balcony, and the downstairs bedroom can be either a super-king or a twin set-up. The latter has a private bathroom down the hall and doors opening up to a private patio.
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5. Coastal Chalet Suites
In the northern reaches of the Bay of Islands, the Coastal Chalet Suites are self-contained suites situated between Whangaroa and Matauri Bay. There are three boutique accommodation options, including the stunning timber-lined Upper Chalet sleeping four to six guests, and the intimate Separate Chalet with a private deck and spa for two. Either way, you have five acres (2ha) of rural Northland farmland to enjoy which captures stunning sunsets.
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6. Stay Kerikeri
Stay Kerikeri is a boutique suite and apartment accommodation in the Bay of Islands that can’t help but look so darn good. Stay in stylishly curated rooms, each with their own unique qualities and decor. There’s a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments, executive studios and small studios, each with cooking facilities and ensuites. The accommodation is ideal for couples, groups and families alike, especially with an outdoor pool to make the most out of. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.
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7. Titore Lodge
Wake up to birdsong and enjoy the views at Titore Lodge, a boutique lodge just outside of Russell. There are four suites available, ranging from the more luxurious and largest Kiwi Suite to the more adventurous stay for couples with a cosy log fire, the Treetops Suite. Each suite also has its own private path with outdoor living space or private patio.
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8. Magic Cottages at Takou River
An eco-friendly romantic escape on the banks of the Takou River, Magic Cottages at Takou River is a boutique accommodation that couples should consider, especially for celebrating a special occasion. Indulge in the ultimate outdoor experience in the glamping tent or enjoy secluded riverside romance in the “Magic Cottage” with its outdoor claw bathtub. Your hosts can organise a number of romance packages to suit the occasion, from babymoons to weddings. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.
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9. The Clendon
Perched on the headland of Okiato near the town of Russell, The Clendon is a boutique hotel with breathtaking panoramic views. The luxurious accommodation features a number of suites, some including a private deck and spa, some with interconnecting rooms and some that are exclusively adult-only. Facilities at the accommodation include a swimming pool, barbecue and kitchen facilities. See more like this in the 10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands.
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10. Paheke Boutique Lodge
Charm, character and a historic escape are what the Paheke Boutique Lodge is all about. This New Zealand Historic Places Trust-listed property was built in 1862 and hasn’t lost its charm, even in the extension of the home where the guest suites are. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, luxury bedding with wool duvets and feather comforters, and includes a continental and/or cooked breakfast each morning. Find this accommodation in Kaikohe near the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.