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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Paihia

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The Top Budget Hotels in Paihia

Paihia has a whole lot of amazing experiences, from skydiving to cruising around the 144 islands, so no wonder you want to save a little money when staying in the Bay of Islands. A great way to stick to your budget is to stay in one of the budget accommodations in Paihia! Here, we’ve listed the best budget hotels, motels, lodges and backpackers for a cheaper stay in the Bay of Islands.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 11 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Paihia and The Guide to the Bay of Islands on a Budget.

1. Marlin Court Motel

An excellent choice of affordable accommodation for families and groups, Marlin Court Motel offers studios for three guests, one-bedroom apartments for four and two-bedroom apartments for five. Rooms are basic yet completely comfortable but the Marlin Court Motel shines more through its facilities, which include a seasonal and attractive outdoor pool, barbecue area, on-site parking, and rooms with a private patio or balcony. The motel is a short walk from Paihia town centre and backed by the gorgeous Opua Forest. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Paihia.

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Marlin Court Motel© Marlin Court Motel

2. Centabay Lodge and Backpackers

You can always rely on backpacker accommodation for a budget place to stay, and Paihia sure has a lot of options – just see 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia. Centabay Lodge, however, doesn’t just provide your expected backpacker dorms but also offers self-contained studio rooms. Studios sleep up to four guests and include facilities such as an ensuite, kitchenette and a TV. The hostel also offers private ensuite rooms with access to the hostel’s communal kitchen and bathroom facilities.

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Centabay Lodge and Backpackers© Centabay Lodge and Backpackers

3. Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

While budget travellers might shy away from hotel accommodation, you might be surprised how affordable a room at the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia can be. The hotel by Millennium Hotels offers an affordable Standard Room with either a two double bed or one queen and a single set-up, ideal for friends and family stays. Rooms have basic hotel facilities, such as WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, friends and in-room entertainment. The hotel also features a swimming pool, an indoor spa and a games room, while you can enjoy meals on the waterfront at McKenzie’s Restaurant & Bar.

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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia© Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

4. Pickled Parrot Backpackers

Another fantastic hostel offering a range of budget accommodation in Paihia, the Pickled Parrot Backpackers has cabins, a two-bedroom apartment and hostel rooms. The cabins are a fantastic private option for couples and groups of up to three people, tucked away in a setting of banana trees. Those staying in the cabins can make use of the hostel’s communal bathrooms and kitchen, while those choosing to stay in the two-bedroom apartment will get the luxury of complete privacy with a kitchen and ensuite included.

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Pickled Parrot Backpackers© Pickled Parrot Backpackers

5. Aarangi Tui Motel

Aarangi Tui Motel is an easy choice of budget accommodation in Paihia, with all units having a fully-equipped kitchen, separate bedrooms, lounges filled with natural light, ensuites, free WiFi and Sky TV. While the motel isn’t the closest to town, it’s still only 200m (219 yards) away and is conveniently located by Paihia’s main supermarket. The motel units with exposed brick walls have been modernly furnished, offering a comfortable stay, whether you’re in the compact Studio for two or the Two-Bedroom Family Suite. The Large Apartment is the hero room of the motel, sleeping up to six guests and providing all the spacious amenities for a real home-away-from-home experience.

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Aarangi Tui Motel© Aarangi Tui Motel

6. Paihia Ocean Club

Not only does Paihia Ocean Club offer ultra-cheap dorm rooms, but some of the cheapest private rooms in town. The rooms are set into different units with either two or three double rooms sharing a small kitchenette and bathroom. Alternatively, ensuite rooms are available and guests can make use of the larger communal kitchen or have dinner at the on-site bar (don’t worry, earplugs are provided for the wilder bar nights). Plus, the location is a short walk away from town. Note, this accommodation was formerly Base Bay of Islands.

Base Bay of Islands© Base Bay of Islands

7. Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

For something mere moments away from the waterfront and town, choose Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. The four-star motel offers economical options for solo travellers right through to large families. Each unit is self-contained with a separate dining area and a sunny balcony. The Studio Units are a cheap option for couples, while the Family Units make an affordable family stay. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the Two or Three-Bedroom Executive Apartment with wonderful sea views and a spa bath in the bathrooms. Facilities at the motel include a barbecue area, indoor private spa pool, undercover parking, free WiFi, cooked or continental breakfast on request and more.

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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel© Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

8. Dolphin Motel

Based in the heart of Paihia, Dolphin Motel is an apartment-style motel with studios, family apartments and one/two-bedroom apartments. For couples, the small studio is your cheapest option at the expense of no kitchen, but kitchenette facilities and a spa bath are available in the Studio Spa and Studio King Spa. The One-Bedroom Apartment provides more space and sleeps up to three, while the Two-Bedroom Apartment is the best option for families. The motel also has free parking on-site and free WiFi.

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Dolphin Lodge© Dolphin Lodge

9. Averill Court Motel

Transition into holiday mode instantly when you arrive at the Averill Court Motel set around a swimming pool, spa pool and undercover barbecue area. The four-star motel offers a large range of studios and apartments with fresh decor with beach-style tones. The Studio Special is an ultra-affordable option for couples and solo travellers, while the Deluxe Studio is well worth considering for families. Note that the motel prices here fluctuate with the season, so we wouldn’t class Averill Court Motel as “budget” in the height of summer.

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Averill Court Motel© Averill Court Motel

10. Austria Motel

Offering super affordable motel rooms on a quiet street yet a short walk from town, Austria Motel is well worth considering. All rooms have queen beds, as well as single beds, a separate kitchen and ensuite bathroom. You’ll also be able to enjoy your sun-soaking balcony and undercover parking. While the furniture doesn’t win any style points, the decor is fresh and clean. The hosts go the extra mile for services, offering a courtesy car from the bus stop, as well as the environment by using biodegradable cleaners and energy-efficient lighting.

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Austria Motel© Austria Motel


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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