Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

10 Best Family Accommodation in Paihia

© Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

Kid-friendly Accommodation in the Bay of Islands

Sun, sea and sand: that’s the recipe for an excellent family holiday. Paihia and the Bay of Islands are brimming with family-friendly activities, from dolphin cruises to days at the beach. Where should you stay in between the excitement? Whether you’re looking for luxury, affordability or family-friendly fun, we’ve got a great selection for you to browse in this list of family accommodation in Paihia.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 12 Paihia Must-Dos and The Guide to the Bay of Islands for Families.

1. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay Of Islands

Luxury, nature and family-friendly facilities combine at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort. In between making the most of the Bay of Islands must-dos, enjoy some downtime with the little ones at the resort’s pool, tennis courts or restaurant. The Standard Rooms at the Copthorne are your most affordable and family-friendly sleeping two adults and two children across two double beds or a double bed and a bunk bed. There’s also the option to upgrade to Superior Harbourview/Seaview Rooms or indulge in more space in the Junior Suite. Either way, you’ll enjoy proximity to gorgeous gardens and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. While the hotel is a little out of town, a courtesy shuttle is available. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Paihia.

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The Copthore Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands© The Copthore Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

2. Averill Court Motel

Transition into holiday mode when you arrive at the Averill Court Motel set around a swimming pool, spa pool and undercover barbecue area. The four-star motel in central Paihia offers a large range of studios and apartments suitable for families of three to six. Most rooms have self-catering facilities with a separate bathroom, bedroom and open-plan lounge area. The motel is an affordable option in the low and shoulder season, but expect prices to rise in summer.

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Averill Court Motel© Averill Court Motel

3. The Waterfront Suites – Heritage Collection

Combine luxury and convenience at The Waterfront Suites. These luxury suites by the Heritage Collection boast extremely well-appointed self-contained rooms with a full kitchen, Sky TV and an underground carpark. Enjoy sweeping views of the waterfront and Paihia town centre from your private balcony and spend time as a family around the barbecue area or splashing around in the heated lap pool.

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The Waterfront Suites - Hetitage Collection© The Waterfront Suites - Hetitage Collection

4. Aarangi Tui Motel

For motel accommodation with great value, check out Aarangi Tui Motel. All units have fully-equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms, lounges filled with natural light, ensuites, free WiFi and Sky TV. While the motel isn’t the closest accommodation to town, it’s still only 200m (219 yards) away and is conveniently located by Paihia’s main supermarket – ideal for nights’ in on a budget. The motel units comprise of an affordable Two Bedroom Family Suite or a more luxurious Large Apartment. Either way, you’ll have most of your home-away-from-home amenities. For more accommodation like this, see 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Paihia.

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Aarangi Tui Motel© Aarangi Tui Motel

5. Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

For something conveniently close to the waterfront and town, choose Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. The four-star motel offers economical options for small to large families. Each unit is self-contained with a separate dining area and a private balcony. While the Family Units make an affordable stay, you can upgrade to the Two or Three-Bedroom Executive Apartments with wonderful sea views and a spa bath in the bathrooms. Time together at the motel can be around the barbecue area or at the indoor private spa pool. Other facilities include undercover parking, free WiFi, cooked or continental breakfast on request and more.

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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel© Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

6. Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments

Nestled in greenery and set a 10-minute walk from town, the Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments offers a private, quiet and fuss-free stay for families. There are family studios available, as well as a three-bedroom apartment for larger tribes. Each room has a freshly-decorated style with nature reflecting in the decor with wooden floors and bamboo furniture. There are full kitchens and tri-fold doors onto your own barbecue area and private lawn with ample space for kids to play. While the apartments are not serviced, the rubbish is taken away daily. For more recommendations like this, see 10 Best Accommodation in Paihia for Foodies.

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Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments© Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments

7. Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

More self-contained accommodation with resort-style facilities awaits at the Aloha Seaview Resort Motel. While a little out of town, the resort offers a tranquil retreat complete with an outdoor swimming pool, spa pool and unbeatable sea views. The Two-Bedroom Apartments are a fantastic choice for families with a choice of being by the poolside, by the gardens or with the best sea views. Apartments include an ensuite bathroom, as well as a full kitchen.

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Aloha Seaview Resort Motel© Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

8. Dolphin Motel

Based in the heart of Paihia, Dolphin Motel is an apartment-style motel with one and two-bedroom apartments. The One-Bedroom Apartment sleeps up to three, while the Two-Bedroom Apartment is the best option for families of four. Each apartment is well-appointed with perhaps slightly “old-fashioned” amenities but upgraded decor. Nevertheless, the motel provides excellent value for budgeting families and also has free parking on-site and free WiFi.

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© Dolphin Motel

9. Marlin Court Motel

An excellent choice of affordable accommodation for families, Marlin Court Motel offers studios for up to three people, one-bedroom apartments for four, and two-bedroom apartments for five. Rooms are basic but comfortable. Where the Marlin Court Motel really shines is 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 lush Opua Forest.

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Marlin Court Motel© Marlin Court Motel

10. Paihia TOP 10 Holiday Park

If all else fails, you can always rely on a holiday park for family-friendly accommodation. Located on the waterfront, recreation is made easy with the kayak hire available to explore the coast. Additionally, families can spend time around the undercover barbecue area or make dining easy with food available at the on-site food truck. Kids have access to a well-equipped playground, while adventurous families can make use of the bike lockers, boat ramp and fish cleaning area. As for accommodation, make use of the tent and powered sites or if you’re not into camping, there are ultra-cheap but basic family cabins, kitchen cabins, one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins. Additionally, there is a holiday house for hire.

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Paihia Top 10 Holiday Park© Paihia Top 10 Holiday Park


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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