10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© The Duke of Marlborough
10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands

15 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands šŸ›Žļø [2023]

© The Duke of Marlborough

Where to Find the Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands

With beautiful islands, fruit orchards and vineyard landscapes, divine food and amazing coastal activities, the Bay of Islands provides the tours and scenery for a trip to remember. All it needs is a good hotel to go with it. Luckily, the seaside town of Paihia offers some of the most renowned hotel chains in New Zealand, while over the water in Russell, a few boutique and historic hotels fill in the gaps. So compare the hotels to find the right fit for you and your group in this list of the best hotels in the Bay of Islands.

For more advice on planning your trip, check out The Complete Guide to the Bay of Islands and the 15 Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.

1. The Duke of Marlborough (Russell) – The Best Hotel in Russell

New Zealand’s longest-surviving hotel is still going strong after almost 200 years, located on the idyllic water’s edge of historic Russell. Needless to say, The Duke of Marlborough has had a few upgrades, now boasting guest rooms with modern-meets-heritage decor. Rooms are best suited for groups of two, solo travellers or couples, some with waterfront views while budget rooms are also available for the non-fussy. Downstairs is the popular Duke of Marlborough restaurant, while there is also a gym on-site should you need to work off the meals.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© The Duke of Marlborough

2. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (Waitangi) – The Best Hotel in the Bay of Islands

Close enough to Paihia for convenience but far enough away to enjoy a good dose of nature, the Copthorne Hotel & Resort is an excellent hotel choice in the Bay of Islands. The four-star hotel features an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a restaurant specialising in Kiwi cuisine. Rooms come in the form of affordable “Standard Rooms” or upgrade to the “Superior Harbourview/Seaview Room” with unbeatable views. Upgrade further still to a “Junior Suite” with more space including a lounge and balcony. For more accommodations near Paihia, check out the 10 Best Hotels in Paihia.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay Of Islands

3. Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia (Paihia) – The Best Cheap Hotel in the Bay of Islands

A more affordable hotel option in the Bay of Islands, Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia not only offers good-value rooms but also has an ultra-convenient location in Paihia town. Hotel rooms have either two double beds or one queen and a single bed, ideal for friends and family travelling together. While the “Standard Room” is comfortable enough, you can upgrade to the “Suite” complete with a separate lounge, spa bath and a private balcony. Communal hotel facilities include a swimming pool, indoor spa, a games room and meals on the waterfront at the on-site restaurant. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia

5. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Paihia) – The Best 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 in Paihia 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 the Bay of Islands© Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

6. Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel (Paihia) – The Best Five-Star Hotel in the Bay of Islands

Pampering and indulgence await at the five-star Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel. After a day doing the major things to do in the Bay of Islands, unwind back a the hotel with spa treatments available at their on-site spa and fine dining at the restaurant. Located on the Paihia waterfront, the hotel boasts tremendous views from its well-appointed studios and two-bedroom apartments. Each room has a kitchenette, an ensuite and optional extras like a spa bath and a balcony with an electronic louvre system. For alternative upscale stays, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

7. Donkey Bay Inn (Russell) – The Best Luxury Hotel in the Bay of Islands

For a unique stay in the bay, check out the boutique hotel the Donkey Bay Inn. Set on the edge of a quiet bay at the back of Russell, this intriguing piece of architecture is a must for art-lovers, as well as those who are open-minded and looking for something unique. The four guest rooms are set around a private courtyard, such as the “Skyfall” room with 360-degree views of the Bay and the apartment-sized “Emperor’s Suite”. See more romantic options like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Donkey Bay Inn

8. Edgewater Palms Apartments (Paihia) – The Best Apartment Hotel in the Bay of Islands

Like it says on the tin, Edgewater Palms Apartments is your Paihia accommodation set on the water’s edge by a sandy beach. Make the most of the beach with watersports hire, views from the on-site restaurant, or from the infinity pool. The apartment hotel offers a range of fully self-contained apartments so you can enjoy your own space and a true home away from home. There are one and two-bedroom apartments available with your choice of pool/garden or ocean view. Waterfront and penthouse rooms are also an option. For more apartment complexes, check out the 15 Best Holiday Homes & Apartments in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Edgewater Palms Apartments

9. Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel (Paihia) – The Most Underrated Hotel in the Bay of Islands

A boutique hotel just a short walk from Paihia town centre, the Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel offers affordable room types for everyone: their “Standard Rooms” have one queen bed, “Premier Rooms” have two queens, and “Superior Rooms” have one queen and two single beds. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed containing all the facilities you would expect from a hotel, while guests also have access to the resortā€™s swimming pool nestled in attractive gardens, a steam sauna, a spa pool and a gym. Continental and cooked breakfast are served in the restaurant every morning.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

10. The Waterfront Suites ā€“ Heritage Collection (Paihia) – The Best Bay of Islands Hotel with a Pool

Last but certainly not least, The Waterfront Suites by the Heritage are a luxurious option for travellers who also want the conveniences of home. The stylish suites come with a full kitchen, a separate lounge with Sky TV, and a private patio or balcony. Guests can also make use of the underground car park, a barbecue area and a heated lap pool, as well as a prime position on the waterfront within walking distance of Paihia town centre. For more hotels with cooking facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection

11. Sea Spray Suites – Heritage Collection (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! For more recommendations like this, see the 10 Best Family Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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12. Blue Pacific Apartments (Paihia)

Take in the sea views from your elevated position of the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, many with their own spa pool and balcony. Blue Pacific Apartments are the ideal place to relax, make use of your apartmentā€™s kitchen facilities and enjoy proximity to Paihiaā€˜s largest supermarket. The apartment hotel complex is just across the road from Paihiaā€™s best swimming beach, Te Ti Beach, while those travelling with little ones have the benefit of kids’ toys and games available. Check out more child-friendly stays in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Paihia.

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10 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands šŸ›Žļø [2023]© Blue Pacific Apartments

13. Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments (Paihia)

Couples, families and larger tribes will find something to suit at the Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments in Paihia. Each studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment is modernly decorated with nature incorporated into the decor with wooden floors and bamboo furniture. There are full kitchens by tri-fold doors onto your own barbecue area and private lawn, making for a sociable space. While the apartments are not serviced, the rubbish is taken away daily.

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10 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands© Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments

14. Hananui Lodge and Apartments (Russell)

Stay in the historic town of Russell at the Hananui Lodge and Apartments. Boasting unobstructed sea views from its waterfront location, Hananui Lodge offers a wide range of apartments to suit most groupsā€™ needs and wants. The decor is fresh and modern, capturing the daylight shining through your sliding doors out to your private balcony or patio. Guests have access to the lodgeā€™s tennis courts and kayaks, while some apartments feature spa pools.

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10 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands šŸ›Žļø [2023]© Hananui Lodge and Apartments

15. Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments (Kerikeri)

A four-star boutique motel and apartment complex with hotel-like facilities in the centre of Kerikeri, the Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments offers a range of appealing modern apartments and studios. From cosy timber-lined studios to premium two-bedroom apartments, the room choices are vast and varied. Apartments are modernly decorated and have unique features like double-glazing, air-conditioning, soundproofed walls, a Smart TV and other little fixtures to make your stay comfortable. Discover more like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in the Bay of Islands.

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10 BEST Hotels in the Bay of Islands šŸ›Žļø [2023]© Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments

More Hotels in the Bay of Islands

That’s it for our list of the best hostels in the Bay of Islands. 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.

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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