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10 Best Hotels in Paihia

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Where to Stay in Paihia

In the town where summer never sleeps, there are a wealth of hotels to help you stick around for longer. Whether you seek the finer things in life, need self-catering accommodation, or are simply looking for something comfortable yet affordable, you’ll find accommodation to suit in Paihia. While the small tourist town might not have the most extensive range of hotels, we make sure to include some alternatives in this list so you understand all of your options. So, take a look at our top recommendations for the best hotels in Paihia!

For alternative accommodation, check out the 10 Best Motels in Paihia and The Complete Guide to the Bay of Islands.

1. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

If you’re looking for a luxurious hotel in the Bay of Islands, perhaps a little out of town where nature reigns, then consider the Copthorne Hotel & Resort. The four-star hotel boasts an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a restaurant and bar specialising in Kiwi cuisine. In between exploring the Bay of Islands, stay in one of the more affordable Standard Rooms or upgrade to the Superior Harbourview/Seaview Rooms with unbeatable views and your expected hotel facilities. Alternatively, indulge in more space in the Junior Suite with a lounge and balcony. Either way, you’ll enjoy waking up to the sound of the birds, as you have proximity to gorgeous gardens and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. While the Paihia hotel is a little out of town, a courtesy shuttle is provided.

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

2. Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

Pampering and relaxation are the core themes of your stay at the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel. The boutique five-star resort is the ideal place to enjoy some downtime, with spa treatments available at La Spa Naturale and fine dining at the Glasshouse Kitchen & Bar. Situated on the Paihia waterfront, the Paihia Beach Resort offers a range of well-appointed studios and two-bedroom apartments with a relaxing colour scheme of butter-creams furnished with French oak timbers. Each room has a convenient kitchenette, ensuite, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, and optional extras like a spa bath and a balcony with an electronic louvre system. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Paihia.

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Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel© Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

3. Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia

Find something a little more affordable at the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge. The hotel by Millennium Hotels offers hotel rooms with either a two double bed or one queen and a single set-up, ideal for friends and family travelling together. While the Standard Room is comfortable and affordable, you can amp things up by staying the Suite complete with a separate lounge, spa bath and a private balcony. Rooms have all the essential hotel facilities, such as WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, friends and in-room entertainment. Communal hotel facilities include a swimming pool, indoor spa, a games room and meals on the waterfront at McKenzies Restaurant & Bar. See more hotels in Paihia like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Paihia.

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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia© Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

4. The Waterfront Suites – Heritage Collection

Combine luxury and utter convenience at The Waterfront Suites. These luxuriously-appointed suites by the Heritage Collection boast stylish rooms with a full kitchen, separate lounge with Sky TV, and a private patio or balcony. Guests also have facilities like an underground car park, a barbecue area and a heated lap pool. Where the ultimate convenience lies, however, is the location. The Waterfront Suites are located in the town centre in a prime position on the waterfront. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic getaway or enjoying a family reunion, there’s plenty of rooms to suit at The Waterfront Suites. Thanks to the self-catering facilities, we’ve also included The Waterfront Suites in our 10 Best Accommodation in Paihia for Foodies.

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© The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection

5. Sea Spray Suites – Heritage Collection

More luxurious offerings from the Heritage, the Sea Spray Suites are set in front of the picturesque Te Ti Beach and just a short walk from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The one and two-bedroom suites have a wonderful indoor-to-outdoor flow from your private lounge to a balcony or semi-private balcony, so there’s plenty of space to entertain your family, friends or loved one. You’ll have the convenience of your own kitchen facilities, free WiFi and Sky TV, as well as on-site parking and a barbecue area. All in all, it’s a premium choice for all types of traveller!

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Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection© Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection

6. Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

A boutique hotel just a short walk from the town centre, Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel offers a room type for everyone. Their Standard Rooms have one queen, Premier Rooms have two queens, and Superior Rooms have one queen and two singles. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed containing all the facilities you would expect from a hotel. In addition, you have access to the resort’s swimming pool nestled in attractive gardens, a steam sauna, a spa pool and a full gym. Continental and cooked breakfast are served in the on-site restaurant every morning.

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Paihia Pacific Beach Resort© Paihia Pacific Beach Resort

7. Dolphin Motel

While we might have exhausted our hotel options in Paihia, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more glorious hotel-like accommodation to choose from. The Dolphin Motel is a fantastic option with studios, family apartments and one/two-bedroom apartments. For couples, the small studio provides a budget option or opt for kitchenette facilities and a spa bath in the Studio Spa and Studio King Spa. The One-Bedroom Apartment provides more space and sleeps up to three guests, while the Two-Bedroom Apartment is the best option for families. The motel also offers free parking on-site and free WiFi.

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Dolphin Lodge© Dolphin Motel

8. Averill Court Motel

Transition into holiday mode instantly when you arrive at this resort-style motel in the centre of Paihia. Averill Court Motel is set around a swimming pool, spa pool and undercover barbecue area, a great place to relax with family and friends. The four-star motel also has 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 if travelling as a family or group. Note that the motel prices here fluctuate with the season. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Paihia.

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Averill Court Motel© Averill Court Motel

9. Pickled Parrot Backpackers

On a tight budget? Then check out this fantastic hostel in Paihia. The Pickled Parrot Backpackers offers cabins, a two-bedroom apartment and hostel accommodation with bunk and private rooms. The cabins are a fantastic private option for couples and groups of up to three people, tucked away in a tropical 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 full kitchen and ensuite bathroom. See more recommendations like this in 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.

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Pickled Parrot Backpackers© Pickled Parrot Backpackers

10. Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

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

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Aloha Seaview Resort Motel© Aloha Seaview Resort 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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