Cheap Accommodation in the Bay of Islands
Make your stay in the Bay an affordable one by choosing a budget 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 cheap accommodation in the Bay of Islands.
For more budget advice, see The Guide to the Bay of Islands on a Budget.
1. Centabay Lodge and Backpackers
Backpacker dorms and self-contained studio rooms are on the menu at the Centabay Lodge and Backpackers 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 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.
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2. Relax a Lodge
Stay in Kerikeri at the budget accommodation, Relax a Lodge. The lodge offers affordable dorms, 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. For more backpacker-style accommodation nearby, check out the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kerikeri.
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3. Marlin Court Motel
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 in Paihia, see the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Paihia.
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4. Kerikeri Blue Chair B&B
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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5. Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Another fantastic hostel offering something for all types of budget travellers, the Pickled Parrot Backpackers has cabins, a two-bedroom apartment and hostel rooms in Paihia. The cabins are a fantastic private option for couples and groups of up to three people, which you’ll find tucked away in a setting of banana trees. Make use of the hostel’s communal bathrooms and kitchen or, if you’re staying in the two-bedroom apartment, you will get the luxury of complete privacy with a kitchen and ensuite included.
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6. Kerikeri Holiday Park & Motels
More budget-friendly options await in Kerikeri, especially 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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7. Aarangi Tui Motel
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 the large apartment, you’ll have the benefit of separate bedrooms, a lounge filled with natural light, ensuite bathrooms, free WiFi and Sky TV.
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8. Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park
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.
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9. Austria Motel
A short walk from Paihia town, the Austria Motel is well worth considering. All rooms have queen beds, single beds, a separate kitchen, 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 doesn’t win any style points, the decor is at least fresh and clean.
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10. Woodlands Motel
Finally, 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. Check out more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.