10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Marlin Court Motel
10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands

10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Bay of Islands šŸ›ŒšŸ¼ [2024]

© Marlin Court Motel

Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in the Bay of Islands

Make your stay in the Bay an affordable one by choosing cheap accommodation in the Bay of Islands. From self-contained motel units to backpacker dorms, there’s something in Paihia, Kerikeri and Russell to suit most needs, tastes and budgets. We go through some of the best options in this list of the best budget accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

For more budget advice, see The Guide to the Bay of Islands on a Budget and the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.

1. Centabay Lodge (Paihia)

Backpacker dorms and self-contained studio rooms are on the menu at the Centabay Lodge in Paihia. Studios are a great option for those seeking their own space, which sleeps up to four guests and includes facilities such as an ensuite, kitchenette and a TV. Centabay’s hostel also offers private ensuite rooms with access to a communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. For more hostel options nearby, check out the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Centabay Lodge and Backpackers

2. Relax a Lodge (Kerikeri)

Stay in Kerikeri at the budget accommodation, Relax a Lodge. The lodge offers affordable double, twin and triple rooms in their farmhouse with a communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Standalone cottages are also an option for those wanting more privacy. Either way, spend your time here getting involved with farm activities, jumping in the pool, relaxing on the sun deck and enjoying the views of the surrounding fruit orchards.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Relax a Lodge

3. Kerikeri Holiday Park & Motels (Kerikeri)

More budget-friendly options await, this time in Kerikeri, at the Kerikeri Holiday Park & Motels. Tent sites, powered sites for campervans and a selection of cabins and motel units are some of the accommodation options at the holiday park. Motel units sleep up to six and have their own kitchen and bathroom, while cabins are your cheapest option which either have an ensuite or shared bathroom. We also like the picturesque setting with the Puketorara River passing through it.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Kerikeri Holiday Park & Motels

4. Aarangi Tui Motel (Paihia)

Located between Waitangi and Paihia, Aarangi Tui Motel provides an excellent base right by the town’s main supermarket. It’s ideal, considering each motel unit has a fully-equipped kitchen. Whether you stay in a compact studio, a family suite or a large apartment, you’ll have the benefit of separate bedrooms, a lounge filled with natural light, ensuite bathrooms, free WiFi and Sky TV. If stays with kitchen facilities are your jam, make sure to check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Aarangi Tui Motel

5. Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park (Russell)

Stay in the historical town of Russell without going over budget at the Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park. Elevated on a hillside in central Russell, the holiday park offers stunning views of the ocean and islands. Kids love it here thanks to the playgrounds and volleyball net, while everyone else will appreciate the variety of options to suit their taste and budget. Keep it super cheap by staying in a standard cabin, treat yourself to a glamping tent, or enjoy all the conveniences of a villa with its own kitchen and bathroom. For more stays like this, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park

6. Austria Motel (Paihia)

A short walk from Paihia town, the Austria Motel is well worth considering. All rooms have queen beds, single beds, a separate kitchen, an ensuite bathroom and a sun-soaked balcony. The hosts go the extra mile when it comes to services, offering a courtesy car from the bus stop. They also use biodegradable cleaners and energy-efficient lighting throughout the motel. While the furniture doesnā€™t win any style points, the decor is at least fresh and clean.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© NZPocketGuide.com

7. Woodlands Motel (Kerikeri)

The Woodlands Motel offers motel suites and “Tourist Rooms” at their pine forest-encompassed motel in Kerikeri. The Tourist Rooms provide the best value, which sleeps up to five guests with their own kitchen facilities, TV, WiFi but bathroom facilities are shared. There is also a swimming pool and spa pool for guests.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Woodlands Motel

8. Marlin Court Motel (Paihia)

Travelling as a family or group? Check out the Marlin Court Motel in Paihia, which offers studios for three guests, one-bedroom apartments for four, and two-bedroom apartments for five. While rooms are basic, the motel really shines through its facilities, which include a seasonal outdoor pool, a barbecue area, on-site parking, and rooms with a private patio or balcony. What’s more, it’s just a short walk from Paihia town centre and backed by the Opua Forest. For more options just in Paihia, see the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Paihia.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Marlin Court Motel

9. Peppertree Lodge

This purpose-built backpacker hostel has beds for every type of budget traveller, from the budgeting backpacker to families. The stylish hostel with its subtropical theme also offers a generous array of freebies, such as a barbecue, bikes, kayaks, tea, coffee, tennis courts and more. Their sun-filled mezzanine communal lounge is also an awesome place to relax. For more hostels to check out, head to the 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Bay of Islands šŸ›ŒšŸ¼ [2023]© Peppertree Lodge

10. Kerikeri Blue Chair B&B (Kerikeri)

A great option for couples or solo travellers is the Kerikeri Blue Chair B&B. The boutique accommodation has only one guest room with an ensuite bathroom, ensuring a peaceful stay in Kerikeri. Each morning you’ll be treated to breakfast, while other luxuries include a spa pool, free WiFi and vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The location is ideal too, which is well within walking distance of Kerikeri’s town centre.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands© Kerikeri Blue Chair B&B

More Budget Accommodations in the Bay of Islands

That’s it for our list of the best budget accommodations in the Bay of Islands but if you want alternative affordable stays, check out the following:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to the Bay of Islands on a Budget.

Author

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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