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Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
The Old Oak Boutique Hotel
A snazzy renovation has transformed this atmospheric 1861 kauri inn into an elegant boutique hotel with contemporary design and top-notch furnishings. It oozes character, not least because the building is reputedly haunted.
Bk's Pohutukawa Lodge
Just west of town, this straightforward, nicely furnished motel has 14 units with well-kept facilities and ample parking. Thoughtful extras include plunger coffee and ironing equipment.
Colonial House Motel
There's nothing particularly colonial-looking about it but this well-maintained motel has tidy units of various configurations set amid a tropical garden. A self-contained two-bedroom cottage opens directly onto the saltwater pool.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga
Despite the original grand Victorian villa having been violated by aluminium joinery, this waterside complex remains an attractive spot for a summer’s drink or bistro meal ($19 to $36)...
Opononi Lighthouse Motel
Scrupulously clean, this refurbished motel has very comfortable harbourside units, plus a communal barbecue, a spa pool, and a cutesy lighthouse and water feature in the front garden.
Hananui Lodge And Apartments
Choose between sparkling motel-style units in the trim waterside lodge or apartments in the newer block across the road. Pick of the bunch are the upstairs waterfront units with views straight over the beach.
The Duke Of Marlborough
Holding NZ's oldest pub license, the Duke boasts about 'serving rascals and reprobates since 1827', although the building has burnt down twice since then...
Sitting amid well-tended gardens, this old-fashioned motel offers a good range of units and a kidney-shaped pool that the kids will love. The studios are a little dark but you really can't quibble for this price in central Russell.
Asure Kauri Park Motel
Hidden behind tall trees on the approach to Kerikeri, this well-priced motel has a mixture of units of varying layouts – some quite stylishly furnished and others a little more old-fashioned.
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Best known for its food and lush gardens, Wharepuke also rents five self-contained one-bedroom cottages hidden among the palms. They have the prefabricated look of holiday-park cabins but are a step up in terms of fixtures and space.
Sitting somewhere between a super-schmick motel and an apartment hotel, Lodge Bordeaux has tasteful units with stellar kitchens and bathrooms (most with spa baths), private balconies and access to excellent wine...
Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
This motel has a spa, barbecue, Sky TV and a wide range of good clean rooms with balconies. There’s a slight (Swiss) cheese factor but you can’t accuse it of looking anonymous.
The rooms are spacious, luxurious and full of character in this historic homestead (1896), peacefully positioned in farmland halfway between Whangarei and Ngunguru. Wander the orchard, splash around the pool or shoot some snooker in the guest lounge.
Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Surrounded by tropical plants, this friendly, well-maintained backpackers’ stalwart has cute cabins, free bikes, free breakfast and a good vibe.
This small hostel has only a handful of rooms on a quiet hillside overlooking the river. It has a covered deck and barbecue area, and a short walk leads through the bush to glowworms...
Even the dorms at this excellent, large, purpose-built backpackers have attached bathrooms, bedding and lockers. Cow-print and red-leather couches make for a cool communal lounge. There are large balconies, a bar and free bicycles, movies and racquets.
Kerikeri Farm Hostel
Less a farm, more an orange grove, this quiet rural house 4km out of town sleeps only 12. It’s a homely place, with a sole chandelier adding a bit of bling to the cosy lounge.
Up the hill in Whangaroa, this friendly lodge has a sublime spa with a jaw-dropping view, hires out kayaks and motor boats, and will pick you up from Kaeo on SH10.
The Mousetrap Backpackers
There are plenty of small chill-out areas in this friendly nautical-themed (which is much better than being rodent-themed) hostel. It has a variety of nice rooms, plus bikes, barbecues and boules out the front.
Scenic Hotel Bay Of Islands
Just a short walk from Paihia's village centre and the wharf, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is a 4 star hotel offering a relaxing garden setting, great service from the friendly staff and free parking facilities. Guests enjoy 1 hour of free Wi-Fi per day...
Tanoa Paihia Hotel
Featuring a spa pool, outdoor swimming pool and restaurant, Tanoa Hotel is located just 5 minutes’ walk from the Paihia town centre. It offers comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms. Tanoa Paihia is only 200 metres from the Horotutu Scenic Reserve...
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Paihia is located on the waterfront, 100 metres from Paihia wharf. The hotel features panoramic views of the Bay of Islands area. There is free bicycle hire and guests enjoy 30 minutes' of free Wi-Fi per day...