Bay of Islands Accommodation | Visit Bay of Islands

As one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations, there’s a great range of Bay of Island’s accommodation to suit any visitor

With most accommodation located near the area’s famous blue waters, visitors to the Bay of Islands looking for anything from campsites to luxury villas can be assured of unforgettable views. To learn more about the best accommodation in the Bay of Islands, take a look at a few of the most popular places to stay.

Luxury Villas

For luxury accommodation near Russell, there are few places that can compete with Eagles Nest. This opulent retreat is located on a 75-acre estate, perched atop its own private peninsula. Comprised of five luxury villas that offer the best in everything from gourmet kitchens and resident chefs to private swimming pools and spa treatments, Eagles Nest is among New Zealand’s premier luxury retreats. With great views and first-class amenities, Eagles Nest also the perfect venue for weddings, small and large group events, and conferences.


Located on a prime waterfront location in Hokianga, the Copthorne Hotel & Resort is a great place to stay for any visitor seeking unparalleled access to the water. This luxurious Bay of Islands Hotel has 180 guest rooms, 4 suites, and a wide range of amenities to suit the needs of any type of traveler. All of the Copthorne Hotel & Resort’s rooms provide guests with stunning views, and the beach is only a short walk away. With such close proximity to the water, guests can set out to experience exciting Bay of Island’s activities like charter fishing expeditions, sailing and snorkeling, and it also provides great access to activities like bush walks, golf and mountain biking.


For visitors looking for accommodation in Paihia, the Scenic Hotel is a great place to stay whilst exploring everything this stunning region has on offer. The resort style hotel is conveniently located to provide easy access to all the best local attractions, and offers a range of accommodation options for any kind of visitor. Rooms in the Scenic Hotel come in three classes and it has its own restaurant and lounge. Another top Paihia accommodation choice is the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, situated just 100m from the vibrant bars and dining at the Paihia wharf. Both hotels are just a short walk to Paihia village and offer accommodation to suit a family, couple or business guest.

Historic Hotels

 A local institution, The Duke of Marlborough Hotel begun life as Johnny Johnstons Grog Shop in 1827, and is the holder of New Zealand’s first issued liquor license. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers a selection of four star accommodations to suit a range of budgets, from premium waterfront rooms to more affordable but equally charming Queen bed options. While staying in The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, be sure to make a reservation at their acclaimed restaurant, which serves a delectable selection of the region’s best cuisine, and boasts an impressive selection of over 130 carefully chosen wines and beers.

Campsites and Holiday Parks

For family accommodation in Bay of Islands, the Beachside Holiday Park provides affordable accommodation in a spectacular location. The holiday park is situated in its own bay and is an unbeatable spot for visitors that want to experience the Bay of Island’s outdoor activities. Visitors can get one or two bedroom rooms at the park’s motel, rent a tourist flat or cabin, or choose from different style tents on the sites campground. For large parties, the Beachside Holiday Park has a holiday house that can sleep up to 11 guests. If your idea of a great holiday includes plenty of time exploring the outdoors and on the water, then the Beachside Holiday Park is a perfect fit.


For more information on accommodation, restaurants and the area’s best attractions, visit our Bay of Islands directory and begin playing your perfect New Zealand getaway today.  

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