Hostels in Bay of IslandsHostels in Bay of Islands

You are looking for hostels in Bay of Islands? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Bay of Islands hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Bay of Islands.

All Cities in Bay of Islands

We list every single hostel in Bay of Islands and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Bay of Islands for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Bay of Islands hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Bay of Islands. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking 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.

local expert for Russell hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Bay of Islands hostels Miika

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Paihia is in the bay of islands and is a warm coastal town. The bay has 144 islands and is beautiful.

FAQ on Hostels in Bay of Islands

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Bay of Islands?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Bay of Islands here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Bay of Islands safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.