10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands
10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands

10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands

© The Duke of Marlborough

Where to Stay in the Bay of Islands

Beautiful islands, fruit orchard 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.

1. The Duke of Marlborough

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

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 Rooms 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. The Clendon

Perched on the headland in Okiato, the first capital of New Zealand and near the town of Russell, The Clendon offers breathtaking vistas along with luxurious accommodation. The boutique hotel features a small selection of suites, some including a private deck and spa, some with interconnecting rooms for groups and families, while others are blissfully adult-only. On-site is a swimming pool, barbecue and kitchen facilities, as well as an outdoor patio area to capture those stunning views. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Hotels in the Bay of Islands© The Clendon

4. Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel Paihia

A more affordable hotel option in the Bay of Islands, Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia not only offers good-value rooms but also has an ultra-convenient location in Paihia town. Hotel rooms 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 Accommodation in Paihia.

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

5. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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 within a short walk from Paihia Wharf and 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

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.

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

7. Donkey Bay Inn

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 different. 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 suite, the Emperor’s Suite. See more romantic options like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.

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

8. Edgewater Palms Apartments

Like it says on the tin, Edgewater Palms 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.

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

9. Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

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 resort’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 – Heritage Collection

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.

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

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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