10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands
10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands

10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands

© Kauri Park Motel

The Best Bay of Islands’ Motels

Welcome to the subtropical oasis of the Bay of Islands where the motels are a little different than what you might be used to when travelling around New Zealand. Almost all motels benefit from the warm climate, featuring outdoor swimming pools, and more often than not, they are set in the grounds of subtropical gardens awash in fruit trees. Motels will almost always have self-catering facilities to help stick to your budget, so all you need to do is choose a motel to suit your style, budget and your group’s needs. Start comparing with this list of the best motels in the Bay of Islands!

While you’re here, don’t miss the advice with give in The Complete Guide to the Bay of Islands.

1. Averill Court Motel

Make the easy transition into holiday mode at Averill Court Motel, a resort-style motel set around a swimming pool, spa pool and barbecue area. The four-star motel in central Paihia offers an expansive range of studios and apartments for one to six people, so finding something to suit your group is a breeze. Almost all studios and apartments have self-catering facilities with a separate bathroom, bedroom and open-plan lounge area. See more motels in the area in the 10 Best Motels in Paihia.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Averill Court Motel

2. Kauri Park Motel

It’s all about location at the Kauri Park Motel in Kerikeri. Located next door to the Makana Confections chocolate factory and within short driving distance of the Bay of Islands’ wineries, you’re in foodie paradise. Despite being so close to town, you’ll feel a world away in the subtropical gardens of this 2-acre (0.8ha) property complete with a swimming pool. Your choice of studios and two-bedroom apartments include free WiFi, Sky TV, cooking facilities and most have a spa bath.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Kauri Park Motel

3. Breakwater Motel

A motel that offers hotel-style rooms, Breakwater Motel is an ideal choice for the discerning traveller. Choose your location in the motel: either on the waterfront, with a lower sea view, an upper sea view or in the gardens. Either way, your suite will be kitted out with some of the most spacious kitchens found in Paihia’s motels, along with free WiFi, Sky TV, a heated towel rail and air-conditioning/heat pump. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Paihia.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Breakwater Motel

4. Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments

A four-star boutique motel in the centre of Kerikeri, the Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments offers a range of appealing modern units to enjoy a home-away-from-home experience in the Bay of Islands. From cosy timber-lined studios to premium two-bedroom apartments, the room choices are vast and varied. Rooms are modernly decorated and have unique features like double-glazing, air-conditioning, soundproofed walls, a Smart TV and other little features to make your stay as comfortable as can be.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments

5. Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

Another fantastic motel in Paihia with resort-style facilities, the Aloha Seaview Resort Motel offers a tranquil retreat and amazing views. While a little out of town, the outdoor swimming pool, spa pool and unbeatable ocean views more than make up for it. Choose from 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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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

6. Anchorage Motel

Your getaway to Paihia is made all too easy at the Anchorage Motel thanks to its waterfront and town centre position. The large saltwater pool, spa pool, barbecue facilities, car wash, parking, complimentary beach towels, fish filleting facilities, recycling, boat parking and other facilities are also good reasons to choose this motel. Meanwhile, in your room, with options ranging from studios to two-bedroom suites, you can have breakfast delivered straight to your door, as well as in-room facilities like Sky TV, free WiFi and filtered water.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Anchorage Motel

7. Russell Motel

An affordable place to stay in an alternative location, the Russell Motel is well worth considering. Stay in one of the motel’s studios, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom apartments with access to free WiFi, a swimming pool and more. The motel is just a short stroll from Russell town centre, set among subtropical gardens. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Russell Motel

8. Dolphin Motel

Stay in the heart of Paihia at the apartment-style motel, the Dolphin Motel. Their One-Bedroom Apartment sleeps up to three people, while the Two-Bedroom Apartment is the best option for families of four. Either way, they are well-appointed with perhaps slightly old-fashioned amenities but upgraded decor that you would expect in a hotel. The motel provides excellent value for budgeting travellers and also has free parking on-site and free WiFi.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Dolphin Motel

9. Colonial House Motel

A motel with character, the Colonial House Motel features eight chalets and two cottages nestled in gardens. On arrival, you’ll receive a warm welcome from your hosts, as well as from the fresh milk, cookies, plunger coffee, teas, etc. awaiting in your room. Stay in one of the “tiny houses” or opt for a larger studio, suite or cottage. All have Sky TV, Netflix and YouTube on every TV, free WiFi, and a kitchenette or kitchen.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Colonial House Motel

10. Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel

Finally, stay among the fruit trees as a reminder that you’re in a famous growing region at the Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel. The boutique motel in Kerikeri has 10 one-bedroom chalets, three of which come with a bunk bed in the living room, ideal for families. Aside from having your own space with self-catering facilities, a bathroom with shower, free WiFi and more in your chalet, the complex also has an outdoor swimming pool. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in the Bay of Islands.

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10 Best Motels in the Bay of Islands© Kerigold Secluded Chalets 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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