Breakwater Motel
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10 Best Motels in Paihia

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Motels in the Bay of Islands

Affordable, convenient and, quite frankly, your best type of accommodation in Paihia with oodles of choice, motels are a great way to go in the Bay of Islands. The holiday resort town of Paihia features a superb range of motels, from luxury resort-style motels where you can easily mistake them for a four-star hotel to budget-friendly motels that tend to exceed expectations. We go through all of our top picks in this list of the best motels in Paihia!

For alternative accommodation in the Bay of Islands, see 10 Best Hotels in Paihia and 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.

1. Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

For self-catering accommodation conveniently close to the waterfront and the town centre, choose Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. The four-star motel offers economical options for couples, as well as apartments for small to large families. Each unit is self-contained with a separate dining area and a private balcony to relax in. Time at the motel can be spent around the barbecue area or at the indoor private spa pool, while other facilities at Swiss Chalet include undercover parking, free WiFi and an optional cooked or continental breakfast.

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Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel© Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel

2. Marlin Court Motel

Affordable accommodation particularly good for families and groups awaits at the Marlin Court Motel. The motel offers self-contained studios for three guests, one-bedroom apartments for four guests and two-bedroom apartments for five. Rooms are basic but comfortable. However, the Marlin Court Motel mostly shines through its facilities, which include a seasonal and attractive outdoor pool, barbecue area, on-site parking and rooms with a private patio or balcony. See more motels like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Paihia.

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Marlin Court Motel© Marlin Court Motel

3. Aarangi Tui Motel

Aarangi Tui Motel might just be the smartest choice for travellers wanting to prepare their own meals during their stay in Paihia. Not only do all of the motel units have a fully-equipped kitchen, but the motel itself is the closest one to Paihias main supermarket. This also means that the motel is a little out of town, but it’s nothing that a pleasant walk along the beach can’t handle. Units at the motel have separate bedrooms, sunny lounges, ensuites, free WiFi and Sky TV. The motel units with exposed brick walls have been modernly furnished, offering a comfortable stay, whether you’re a couple staying in one of the compact Studios or a family in the Two Bedroom Family Suite. Larger groups even have plenty of space in the Large Apartment, sleeping up to six guests. See more of the best self-catering accommodation in Paihia in our 10 Best Accommodation in Paihia for Foodies.

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Aarangi Tui Motel© Aarangi Tui Motel

4. Averill Court Motel

Transition into holiday mode when you arrive at Averill Court Motel, a resort-style motel set around a swimming pool, spa pool and undercover barbecue area. The four-star motel in central Paihia offers an expansive range of studios and apartments for one to six people. Most studios and apartments have self-catering facilities with a separate bathroom, bedroom and open-plan lounge area. You’ll find the best rates here during the low and shoulder season, but expect rooms to get quite pricey during summer.

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Averill Court Motel© Averill Court Motel

5. Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

More self-contained accommodation with resort-style facilities can be found 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 ocean views. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with your choice of being by the poolside, in the gardens or where the best sea views are. Apartments include an ensuite bathroom, as well as a full kitchen.

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Aloha Seaview Resort Motel© Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

6. Dolphin Motel

Based in the heart of Paihia, Dolphin Motel is an apartment-style motel offering one and two-bedroom apartments. The One-Bedroom Apartment sleeps up to three people, 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 that you would expect in a hotel. Nevertheless, the motel provides excellent value for budgeting travellers and also has free parking on-site and free WiFi. See more motels like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Paihia.

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Dolphin Motel© Dolphin Motel

7. Austria Motel

Offering super affordable motel rooms on a quiet street, Austria Motel is well worth considering. All rooms feature queen beds, as well as single beds, a separate kitchen and ensuite bathroom. You’ll also be able to enjoy your own north-facing balcony (which what you want in the Southern Hemisphere) and undercover parking. While the furniture doesn’t win any style points, the decor is clean. A point of difference is that the motel offers a courtesy car from the bus stop, as well as being mindful about the environment by using biodegradable cleaners and energy-efficient lighting.

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Austria Motel© Austria Motel

8. Breakwater Motel

A motel that offers hotel-style rooms, Breakwater Motel is worth considering for a little bit of luxury. Choose your location of the motel: on the waterfront, a lower sea view, an upper sea view or in the gardens. Whatever you choose, your suite will be kitted out with some of the most spacious kitchens found in Paihia’s motels, free WiFi, Sky TV, a heated towel rail and air-conditioning/heat pump. The Waterfront and Seaview Suites have the additional features of underfloor heating in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as an additional TV in the bedroom. Breakwater Motel also enjoys a waterfront town centre location. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Paihia.

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Breakwater Motel© Breakwater Motel

9. Casa Bella Motel

Yep, when you’re lounging by the pool backed by the white concrete exterior and tiled roof of the Casa Bella Motel, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to Italy. You are, in fact, just a short stroll from Paihia town, yet far enough away to feel tranquillity. The motel features 21 self-contained units with some super affordable queen, king, twin and family units with a kitchen, bathroom and sometimes even a balcony. Facilities at the Casa Bella include a swimming pool, spa pool and access to tennis courts.

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Casa Bella Motel© Casa Bella Motel

10. Anchorage Motel

Your holiday in Paihia is made all too easy at the Anchorage Motel with its waterfront and town centre position, along with its array of useful amenities. We’re talking a large saltwater pool, spa pool, barbecue facilities, car wash, parking, complimentary beach towels, fish filleting facilities, recycling, boat parking and more! In your room, whether it’s a Studio Suite or a Two-Bedroom Sea View Suite, you’ll have the option to have breakfast delivered straight to your door, as well as in-room facilities like Sky TV, free WiFi and filtered water. In true motel style, you’ll have your own kitchen facilities.

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Anchorage Motel© Anchorage 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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