YHA Bay of Islands Paihia


Paihia is a bustling seaside town with superb golden beaches and a wide range of recreational facilities and a town rich in history and culture and the gateway to the world  famous Bay of Islands...a must see when visiting New Zealand.

YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is located  in the heart of Paihia and is a purpose built two level backpacker lodge with 50 beds ranging from shared twin to four and eight bed multi shared rooms, a 6 bed cabin and a female only dorm room. All rooms have their own ensuites.

YHA Bay of Islands Paihia offers affordable, comfortable, quiet and secure accommodation for singles, couples, families and groups.

The magnificent Paihia beach is 100 meters from our door. A 5 minutes seaside stroll accesses the Bay of Islands' many water based activities. The lively bars and restaurants are just round the corner so you are close to all the action but secluded enough to enjoy a great night's sleep.  

Our cosy hostel has a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, laundry facilities plenty of outdoor dining space and is a great place to meet fellow travellers. Our staff are committed to ensure you have a memorable and rewarding stay and will happily arrange activities and offer suggestions.

We provide on site parking and there are tennis courts next door.


"Set back from the beach frontage in a quiet location I wish I had stayed longer and will definitely return... This was one of the nicest hostels in New Zealand. Well done!" - Guest review for TripAdvisor.com 2013










From Whangarei head North on state highway. Once in Kawakawa, follow SH11 to Paihia. You will enter Paihia on Seaview Rd, McMurray Rd is the 1st street on the left before Paihia beach, YHA Paihia is just next to the tennis courts on the corner of King’s and McMurray Rds.


The bus station is in the centre of Paihia about 600m from the Hostel. When travelling on Intercity, Northliner, please ask your driver, at the time of boarding, to drop you off on King’s Rd. Magic, Stray and Kiwi Experience all end their journeys on King’s Rd as does Naked Bus.


The nearest Airport is Kerikeri (KKE) which is 25km away. All flights are met by shuttle buses and Taxis. The shuttle bus prices will vary depending on the number of passengers.


All Russell passenger ferries dock at the main wharf in the centre of Paihia. On exiting the wharf turn left and follow Marsden Rd along the beach until King’s Rd, turn left into King’s Rd YHA Paihia is on the corner of King’s and Mc Murray Rds.

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  • BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA

Paihia has an abundance of activities available and our team will happily book any excursion for you and also keep you posted on seasonal promotions and specials to ensure you always get the best value. Some activities you might like to try:

  • Swimming with the Dolphins – Yep you can swim alongside these beautiful mammals in the clear Bay of Islands waters
  • Visit the Hole in the Rock – The awe inspiring famous hole in the rock can be visited by fast boat or leisurely day cruise
  • The Waitangi Treaty Grounds – Visit New Zealand premier historic site where New Zealand founding document was signed between Maori chiefs and the British crown. Guided tours and cultural performances available
  • R Tucker Tall ship – Sail on Northlands own iconic tall ship
  • Day tour to Cape Reinga – Take a tour to New Zealand’s northernmost tip driving along the famous 90 mile beach and even stopping for some sandboarding
  • Tours of wineries – Northland is fast becoming known as a region producing high quality New Zealand wines tours available.
  • Ferry to Romantic Russell – A  15 minute ferry trip across the water can you to historic Russell
  • Sky Diving – Try an adrenalin pumping buzz in one of New Zealands most picturesque settings
  • Quadbiking –Blat round a nearby farm……. a fun all weather activity 
  • Parasail – Enjoy stunning aerial views of the Bay of Islands at 1200 feet
  • Kayaks -  Are available for hourly rentals from the beach or for the more adventurous half or full day tours can be arranged
  • Fishing – The Bay of Islands is teaming with fish and we can arrange a fishing charter for individual or small groups from one of the several operators available
  • Scuba Diving – Plenty of wildlife and two historic shipwrecks to explore are diving options in the bay of Islands
  • Horse Trekking – Forest and ocean views horse trekking through the Waitangi Forest
  • Walks – There are some delightful walks close to the hostel
  • Darryls Dinner cruise -  Take a cruise up the Waitangi river to the Haruru falls with a kiwiana dinner
  • Golf – The Waitangi golf course is closest but there are a heap of course within 30 minutes of the hostel if you fancy a game
  • Helicopter Flights – For the ultimate experience we can arrange a scenic flight by helicopter to the Cape or the outer islands.


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  • Yoga with Graeme Lockett (Jan 6th - Dec 15th) Investment: Your first class is $10, with your second class being free, this way I hope you can decide whether you like my classes and teaching style. A concession card is for a 5-class pass. Concession cards are valid ...
  • Untutored Life Drawing Series (Jan 6th - Apr 28th) Providing the opportunity to study the human form in whatever medium you prefer to work in; pencil, pen, pastel, paint or sculpture. With the help of a time keeper, models pose for varying times over an hour and a ...
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The YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is a purpose built two level backpacker hostel with 50 beds ranging from  single rooms to shared twin and double rooms to eight bed dormitory rooms which every room having its own ensuite bathroom. This wide range of safe comfortable affordable accommodation plus our self-catered kitchen area and several outdoor dining areas make the YHA Bay of Islands Paihia ideal for groups on a budget.

There is so much to do here. Attractions include fishing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, hole in the rock cruises, scenic flights, horse riding or a powerful journey to Waitangi to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and experience where our founding document was signed.

The other service we offer is our willingness to work with you to create a tailor made program to best suit your needs and budget. Owner operator Andy Larsen knows this neck of the woods well. Andy is well connected and will be able to compile a memorable high value package for your group.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Paihia can hold upto 48 guests over 13 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1x 6 bed multi-share with ensuite facilities
  • 5 x 4 bed multi-share with ensuite facilities
  • 2 x 8 bed muilti-share with ensuite facilities
  • 2 x double rooms
  • 4 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.
The accommodation

Groups will be devided across the hostel but close to the leaders.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 , 8 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated in each room.. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Group Breakfast

We are unable to offer breakfast to our groups at prensent but are happy to organise a place for your group to have breakfast at a set price.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. Any YHA members in the group will also receive free wi-fi. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all activities and travel including: Boat cruises, bus tours, fishing trips, sky diving, Trips to Waitiangi treaty grounds ect.

Some typical packages could be

Discover our birthplace package

  • A powhiri welcome and a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Overnight accommodation at the YHA Bay of Islands Paihia

Dolphin Eco Experience

The Bay of Islands have the warmest waters in New Zealand and are perfect for swimming with the dolphins. Your tour will allow you to see and hear dolphins and whales and travel with staff that have an intimate knowledge of these wonderful creatures. Take this tour with overnight accommodation at the YHA Bay of Islands

Ideas for School Groups

Culture and heritage options
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Powhiri ( welcome) and education tours available from years 1-13
  • Junior students - Social Studies, Community, Environment, New Zealand history
  • Treaty of Waitangi studies Years 9,10,11
  • Senior New Zealand history studies Years 12,13.
  • Pompellior House - Former headquarters of the French Catholic mission to the Western Pacific.
  • Stone Store -  New Zealand's oldest standing European building
  • Rewa's village - A full scale reconstruction of a Maori village 
  • Kawiti Glow worm caves - Historic glow worm and limestone caves
  • Action world - Former world champion trapeze artists offer a series of circus options for students to try with a safe airbag landing system.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Bay of Islands direct 09 4027487 or email paihia@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299