Where to Find 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 (Kerikeri)
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. Check out alternative luxury lodges in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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- Treghan Luxury Lodge on Booking.com
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- Treghan Luxury Lodge on Expedia
2. Bellrock Lodge (Russell)
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. For more stays ideal for couples, check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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3. Donkey Bay Inn (Russell)
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 true home away from home. Discover more boutique hotels like Donkey Bay Inn listed in the 15 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands.
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4. Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge (Mahinepua)
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 (Whanagroa)
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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- Coastal Chalet Suites on Booking.com
- Coastal Chalet Suites on Trip.com
- Coastal Chalet Suites on Expedia
6. Stay Kerikeri (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 its own unique qualities and decor. There’s a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments, executive studios and small studios, all 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 Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.
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7. Titore Lodge (Russell)
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 pathway with either an outdoor living space or a private patio.
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8. Magic Cottages at Takou River (Kerikeri)
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.
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9. Paheke Boutique Lodge (Kaikohe)
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.
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10. Allegra House (Paihia)
Another quaint bed and breakfast option in Paihia is Allegra House. Set in gorgeous gardens where the call of native birds is wonderful to wake up to, there are three bed and breakfast rooms with hotel-like facilities and a private balcony each. Breakfast is included in the rate, which includes an indulgent array of fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, homemade bread, croissants, free-range eggs, manuka honey, as well as a selection of cold meat and cheeses. Needless to say, this accommodation easily makes it into our 12 Most Romantic Accommodations in Paihia.
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More Boutique Accommodations in the Bay of Islands
That’s it for our list of the best boutique accommodations in the Bay of Islands. For more boutique options 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.