Bay of Islands- Luxury places to stay on a budget

The Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s subtropical north is a sunny aquatic playground. Finding accommodation for your trip should not be stressful and no matter your budget there are usually much better options than hostels, hotels or motels. Great places to check are HomeAway or Airbnb not only do you often get an entire place to yourself but you can experience life more as a local and quite often in luxury on a budget. Here are our top picks for the Bay of Islands…

If you are travelling solo hostels probably are a better place to stay as they offer the social aspect but certainly, for couples and groups of 3 or more people there are some fantastic options in villas and bachs to rent.

Check out our article on things to do in Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Places to Stay

Stay in this romantic lantern-lit eco-retreat on 50 acres in a vintage gypsy caravan, gas cooking, vintage fridge, shared bathroom (shower over antique bath, eco toilet), outdoor dining, water views, peaceful, remote, bush walks, birds. Visit Kawakawa’s world-famous Hundertwasser toilets only 15mins away and take a train ride on the famous Gabriel; another 5mins to local glow worm caves. Paihia 25 mins, Russell 45 mins via Opua’s car ferry or 55mins by Waikare Road.

Sleeps: 2

Price avg per night: £49 ($100NZ)

Price per person per night: £24.50 ($50NZ)

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This cute little condo is just a few minutes from Paihia and is a great location to explore the Bay of Islands. Paihia’s unique and eclectic shopping village and the wharf with ferries to Russell are just a 3-minute drive away with numerous restaurants and cafes to choose from. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s most historic site is also a 3-minute drive. Haruru Falls is only a 10-minute walk from the accommodation.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £44 per night (approx. $88NZ)

Per Person: £22 per night (approx. $44NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places To Stay
Bay of Islands Places To Stay

This delightful cottage is situated amongst a cottage garden, with over 30 fruit trees, and is charmingly decorated and restored.

Conveniently located on State Highway 1, use the cottage as a perfect base for exploring the Bay of Islands and Northland – with Kerikeri and Paihia 20 minutes away, and the beautiful beaches of Matauri and Te Ngaere Bay just 45 minutes away.

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £75 (approx. $150NZ)

Price per person per night: £18.75 (approx. $37.50)

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This beautifully decorated house has a huge deck at back for entertaining, a great pick for groups of friends or families. Large lawn area for playing/tents. Located in the stunning Oke Bay. Dolphins often come into Oke Bay and many a visitor to Oke Bay Villa has swum with them. If you are into walking you won’t be disappointed. There are many interesting walks: old whaling station, Kauri forest, sunken shipwreck, and many other shorter walks in and around Rawhiti. Once you are there, and you settle in, believe me, you won’t want to go anywhere else!

Sleeps: 12

Price avg per night: from £74 (approx. $150NZ)

Price per person per night: from £6.20 (approx. $12.50NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places To Stay
Bay of Islands Places To Stay

You will never tire of the spectacular views overlooking Opito Bay and the Bay of Islands from this welcoming kiwi beach house. The perfect location for relaxing, fishing, boating and diving – you don’t have to go far to catch fish, you can even use the dinghy and fishing gear provided! A quick 3-minute walk to a very safe swimming beach, ideal for children and the boat ramp easily accessible anytime. Best of all is the soothing spa pool, which is fantastic after a day at the beach, out on the water or after exploring the native bush walks.

Sleeps: 8

Price avg per night: £74 (approx. $150NZ)

Price per person per night: from £9.20 (approx. $18.50NZ)

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Enjoying a peaceful position in The Bay of Islands, this waterfront property is a 2 bedroom Okiato bach. This cute and cosy getaway is less than a 10-minute drive from Russell township, and just a 2-minute walk from the ferry to Opua!

Located on a private section, this Okiato bach includes laid back open plan living. Kick back on the window seat and watch the boats in the bay, or fire up the BBQ and dine on the deck with tranquil vistas…

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £69 (approx. $130NZ)

Price per person per night: from £17.25 (approx. $17.25NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places To Stay
Bay of Islands Places To Stay

The home is nestled just above central Paihia so it’s just a 6-minute stroll into town or the beach. It’s a warm modern house with a spacious open plan living area.The kitchen, dining and lounge lead onto two outdoor sunny decks with sea views complete with outdoor furniture and Weber gas BBQ. It is easy to relax in the home and setting. There are quality furnishings throughout. It has a well-equipped kitchen and things you would expect like broadband internet, DVD’s, books and games. The master bedroom has an ensuite and its own private deck with great private sea views from in bed!

Sleeps: 8

Price avg per night: £91 (approx. $180NZ)

Price per person per night: from £11.50 (approx. $23NZ)

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There’s plenty of room in this property for two families to share and with the beach and water just footsteps from the property it’s easy to build sandcastles, take a dip or sunbathe then pop back to the house for lunch. Goat Island just along the way is perfect for rock fishing or exploring and in the other direction an easy walk to the shops for the newspaper or an ice-cream or a little further to the rock pools. There’s fun for all ages here!

Plenty of lawn means there’s room for the children play while the adults can enjoy an afternoon beverage of their choice while cooking up the fish on the barbie.

Sleeps: 8

Price avg per night: £87 (approx. $180NZ)

Price per person per night: from £11 (approx. $22NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places To Stay
Bay of Islands Places To Stay

The Cottage is a funky self-contained house which flows out onto an expansive deck area. The north-west aspect of the property enjoys the sun for most of the day. Sleeping for up to four people comprising of 2 bedrooms, 1 King room and 1 double room. Plenty of parking for the car and boat.

A 25min drive from Kerikeri airport to Paihia and a 10min ferry ride to Russell wharf. A 30min drive from Kerikeri airport will take you to Opua where you can catch a 5min car ferry crossing to Russell outskirts.

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £82 (approx. $165NZ)

Price per person per night: from £20 (approx. $40NZ)

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The semi-attached apartment sleeps 4, with an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining downstairs with a high quality fold-out double couch/ futon bed and a secluded patio and BBQ area you will also have use of the spa pool. Upstairs is a king bedroom with split-able king bed, Can split to make two x single beds, ensuite and a sea/ocean and beach view from upper level. there is also undercover parking for two cars.

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £77 (approx. $160NZ)

Price per person per night: from £19 (approx. $40NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places To Stay
Bay of Islands Places To Stay

Enjoy relaxing in and around the pool on the floating bean bags, hammock or covered pool house. Enjoy evenings under the stars in the spa pool.

Wake up to the sound of birdcall from your dreamy Californian King bed.

Perfect for a luxurious get away, while close to all the attractions the Bay of Islands and Far North has to offer.

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £100 (approx. $200NZ)

Price per person per night: from £25 (approx. $50NZ)

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Secluded, casual and all yours. The perfect romantic getaway for those that love getting back to basics. This is a piece of Kiwi nostalgia where you feel the joy of freedom camping but you still go to bed at night on a proper mattress with lovely sheets. Bring the kids, bring the dog or just yourselves for a romantic weekend under the stars.The Beach Huts at Driftwood are nestled into the native bush on a private peninsula just outside the boutique village of Kerikeri, a mornings drive from Auckland. They are delightful and have been featured on the TV show, Kiwi Living! These gorgeous twin eco-huts are designed with relaxation, ambience and the great outdoors in mind; explore the lush surrounding forest, take the dinghy for a row or pull up a hammock and dream.

Sleeps: 4

Price avg per night: £96 (approx. $200NZ)

Price per person per night: from £24 (approx. $50NZ)

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Bay of Islands Places to Stay

Perfectly placed in quiet cul de sac on the hillside above Russell, this top-quality home built in ‘Cape Cod’ style offers comfort, character and fabulous views across the water towards Waitangi and Matauwhi Bay. With its own relaxing garden and giant pohutukawa tree, Zemmery Fidd features beautiful hardwood floors throughout and has decks at front and rear. Just a short (but steep!) walk from the village centre and beaches, you are rewarded with stunning views and an ideal luxury base for exploring the Bay of Islands.

Sleeps: 6

Price avg per night: £120 (approx. $240NZ)

Price per person per night: from £20 (approx. $40NZ)

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