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11 BEST Hotels in Paihia 🛎️ [2023]

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Where to Find the Best Hotels 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 facilities, 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!

While you’re here, get more advice for your stay with The Complete Guide to the Bay of Islands and the 15 Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.

1. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands – The Best Hotel in Paihia

If you’re looking for luxurious hotels in Paihia, 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 – The Best Luxury Hotel in Paihia

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 Accommodations in Paihia.

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

3. Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia – The Best Cheap Hotel in Paihia

Find something a little more affordable at the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge. The hotel by Millennium Hotels offers hotel rooms with either two double beds 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 in 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, 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 Accommodations in Paihia.

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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia© Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

4. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands – The Best Four-Star Hotel in Paihia

Transition into holiday mode immediately at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands with its island-inspired architecture and lush subtropical gardens. The hotel offers a range of rooms suitable for couples, families and business travellers, while facilities across the grounds include the relaxed Nikau Restaurant and Lounge Bar, an outdoor swimming pool, Tesla chargers and free WiFi. All of this is within a short walk from Paihia Wharf and the town centre.

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10 BEST Hotels in Paihia © Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

5. The Waterfront Suites – Heritage Collection – The Best Waterfront Hotel in Paihia

Combine luxury and utter convenience at The Waterfront Suites. These luxuriously-appointed suites by the Heritage Collection boast stylish rooms with a full kitchen, a 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 are plenty of rooms to suit at The Waterfront Suites. Thanks to the cooking facilities, we’ve also included The Waterfront Suites in our 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Paihia.

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6. Sea Spray Suites – Heritage Collection – The Best Apartment Hotel in Paihia

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 travellers! Check out more child-friendly stays in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Paihia.

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

7. Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel – The Most Underrated Hotel in Paihia

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

8. Dolphin Motel – The Best Hotel Alternative in Paihia

While we might have exhausted our options for hotels in Paihia, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more glorious hotel-like accommodations 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. See Paihia’s other motels in the 15 Best Motels in Paihia.

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Dolphin Lodge© Dolphin Motel

9. Averill Court Motel – The Best Paihia Hotel with a Pool

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 accommodations offering great value in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Paihia.

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Averill Court Motel© Averill Court Motel

10. Aloha Seaview Resort Motel – The Best Paihia Hotel with a Spa Pool

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

11. Haka Lodge – The Cheapest Hotel Rooms in Paihia

Don’t rule out this backpacker hostel if you’re looking for a cheap hotel room in Paihia. Modernly refurbished with great views over Paihia Beach and pod-style bunk beds, Haka Lodge Paihia is a highly rated hostel close to the waterfront. Their private rooms rival those of many hotels in Paihia. Plus, they have added additions like a communal kitchen for more ways to save money. Check out other hostels with private rooms listed in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.

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More Hotels in Paihia

That’s it for our list of the best hostels in Paihia. For more hotel options or things to do, check out the following:

Finally, if there’s anything about planning a trip to the Bay of Islands that we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to the Bay of Islands.


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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