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About Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands is in the northern part of the north island of New Zealand. A very known traveler destination, there are about 144 islands in the archipelago to visit and you can do all kinds of interesting activities, most of which involve the sea.
Bay of Islands hostels are located throughout the area in multiple cities, the most known of which are Paihia (widely considered the most beautiful place in the whole Bay of Islands area), Russell (a former shore leave place for sailors, which earned it the name "Hellhole of the Pacific"), Waitangi (a very historical town), Kerikeri, Opua, and Kawakawa.
Although the most conventional way of getting around NZ is with a car (either your own or a rental), Bay of Islands is also easily accessible with buses. There is also an airport in Kerikeri. There are plenty of Bay of Islands hostels, and like in many other places in NZ, the quality is really nice and the prices reasonable. The hostels will also help you arrange your activities and give you valuable information on what to do around Bay of Islands.
You won't run out of activities while staying at a Bay of Islands hosetl very easily. There are all kinds of cruises, snorkeling, diving and extreme sports to try out. Many towns have a lot of historical importance, like the famous Treaty Grounds in Waitangi. It is highly recommended to try out at least one cruise during your stay at a Bay of Islands hostel, because the Bay area is absolutely beautiful and the cruises are really good value, offering all kinds of activities. The cruises also give you the opportunity to meet other travelers and make some new friends.
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The Mousetrap Backpackers
"Mousetrap Backpackers is a wonderfully cozy, clean, and friendly hostel, where younger and more mature backpackers meet and mix well. We felt as if we were staying at somebody's home, where we were very welcome. The Location Like most other hostels, the Mousetrap is located on Kings Road. It's the building with the giant mouse on the roof on the right hand side. From the bus and ferry terminal, it is only a few minutes' walk. Parking is...
Base Pipi Patch
"Base Pipi Patch -- definitely the party hostel in Paihia -- is located in the "hostel road" of Paihia, about ten minutes' walk from the pier and city center. The Location All buses (Magic, Stray, Kiwi) will drop you off right in front of the hostel. If you book a tour, you will also be picked up at the hostel. It is a two-minute walk to the beach, you will pass a (very small) supermarket and a liquor store on your way. On the ground...
Bay Adventurer - Apartments & Backpacker Resort
"Bay Adventurer - Apartments & Backpacker Resort is located on the "hostel road" (King's Street) of Paihia, about ten minutes' walk from the pier and small city center as well as the iSite. The Location All buses (Magic, Stray, Kiwi) will drop you off right in front of the hostel. If you book a tour, you will also be picked up at the hostel. It is a two-minute walk to the beach; you will pass a (very small) supermarket and a liquor...
YHA Bay of Islands Paihia
"HI - YHA Paihia Hostel - Lodge Eleven Hostel is clean, quiet, and well located. What it lacks in character can be easily found down the street if you are so inclined. The Location Centrally located, this hostel is a hundred meters from the beach, and just down the street from several bars. There is limited on-site and on-the-street parking, and most buses will drop off out front. A ten-minute walk will take you downtown or to the pier....
Pickled Parrot Backpackers
"Pickled Parrot Backpackers, BBH hostel, is definitely a gem in Paihia. They offer free Wi-Fi and free broadband as well as a free breakfast every morning. The rooms are very secure and comfortable and Rose, the owner, is incredibly friendly and helpful (as are her dogs!). The Location This hostel feels very isolated in the middle of a bunch of trees in a quiet area of the city. But it's only a fifteen-minute walk into town and from the...
"You'll love everything about this hostel. Brand new, clean as can be, friendly owners, great location... the list goes on! Saltwater Lodge is located at the beach-end of the main backpacker street in Paihia, within easy walk of everything. On the ground level of the property you will find the reception office, and further in, a large free carpark. Luggage storage is also available by the reception. Following the stairs up, you will find a...
"This hostel is run by the owners and their little girl, which adds a great personal touch. They have over 100 DVDs that you can get put on for free but not only that they have kayaks, bikes, BBQ and table tennis but best of all a spa all free. The rooms are spacious and the bunks and walls are painted bright colours. The kitchen is huge, which makes it easy and a great place to make new friends. As well as 2 tv lounges there is coin operated...
"Peppertree Lodge is a friendly larger hostel, just off Kings Road in the center of Paihia. It's a close walk to the beach and town center. Peppertree has free bikes and kayaks to use as well as heaps of DVDs and two lounge areas and a large outdoor BBQ picnic area. It is laid back and a great place to meet other travelers. This is one of the most popular hostels in Paihia, with a constant flow of guests. The Location The location is...
The Rock Overnight Cruise
"… to “Do it All” in the Bay of Islands. There is also time to explore on your own during the island visit. There is an action-packed itinerary and guests are welcome to take part in every activity or just enjoy the experience of being on the water in our unique vessel. Whether travelling in a group, as part of a tour, or on your own you will feel at home from the moment you step aboard. The Rock Overnight Cruise has three six bed...
"Captain Bobs is a quiet, comfortable hostel in a residential district. For those with their own vehicles, parking is available in front of the building. The Location Though the hostel is within walking distance of the Intercity bus stop at the wharf, parts of the route are uphill, so you may want a taxi, especially if you have luggage. Be sure to get off at the wharf; Intercity also stops "for backpackers" at the hostels on Kings' Road...
BASE Bay of Island Backpackers
"… beach and only a short stroll to Paihia's seaside resort restaurants, cafes and ferry terminals for accessing the wonderous Bay of Islands. The hostel features a spa and swimming pool, set in a sunny courtyard amongst palm trees. At the end of an active day the Pipi Patch bar is a great place to meet and party with other travellers and locals. * 50 metres to the beach and a short stroll to shops * Spa and swimming pool...
YHA Bay of Islands - The Rock
"YHA Bay of Islands - The Rock is the only floating YHA worldwide (as a member, you'll receive a discount) and the overnight cruise is a really good experience. The Location The boat departs from the Paihia Wharf a couple of times each week, goes on a twenty-two-hour cruise through the Bay of Islands, and returns to the Paihia Wharf. Over the night, it anchors in the Bay of Islands. The wharf is right downtown and about a ten-minute...
Keri Central Backpackers Hostel
"Keri Central offers low budget accommodation for travellers wanting to have fun in Kerikeri. Rooms are cheap so get in quick to reserve your holiday accommodation today! We offer fully secure rooms with shared facilities such as the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and the living areas. Each room come fully equipped with bedding, storage, a TV and DVD player. Rooms start at $15 per person / per night." … "… game room, free...
"Tourist attractions like the Stone Store, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock and Swimming with Dolphins are only 5 minutes away. Sitting in the spa-pool (not private), overlooking the Waitangi River or keeping in contact with your loved ones using PC facilities; Baystay is the perfect place to indulge yourself! We have 3 well assigned rooms, all with Private ensuite and free Internet (Wifi) A gourmet breakfast is included in the...
88 Lodge Luxury Bed & Breakfast
"… are a specialty of the house. Using the freshest most local produce your breakfast is styled to your preference. Our own garden produce and free-range eggs ensure a 'Wow' when sitting down to the most important meal of the day. Our local knowledge and connections with restaurants, activities and places of interest ensures we can help to get the very best out of your time here. Children over the age of 16 only, unless the whole...
Base Bay of Islands
"… travellers and locals at the friendliest bar in the bay. Business facilities Features: • Range of rooms from private en-suites to share dorms • Fully made up beds with hotel quality linen rooms • Under bed lockers in multi-share rooms • Sanctuary wing for girls only • TV lounge and sun deck chill out area • Modern kitchen, dining and laundry facilities • Global Gossip High speed wireless Internet access • Spa and swimming...
"… YHA Paihia offers a high standard of accommodation in a central location in the Bay of Islands town of Paihia. This comfortable backpacker hostel is right in the hub of the buzzing Paihia night life but you'll leave the noise as soon as you step into your room. Relax in a peaceful and comfortable environment and dine in our covered outdoor area. A variety of backpacker accommodation is available, most including ensuites....
Bay of Islands Travel Tips & Suggestions
Paihia is well worth visiting.
Paihia is actually known as the bay of islands and is a warm coastal town. The bay has 144 islands and is beautiful.
— James Moore
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