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.
The 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.
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:
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.
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
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.