Bay of Islands - Accessible/Easy Access Accommodation & Activities

Yes there is an extensive island -studded bay in the Bay of Islands. Meaning all kinds of waterborne activities available - many such as trips to the Hole in the Rock, around the Bay, on the ferry from Russell to Paihia, and fishing and sailing all accessible to most people. Tour operators generally here are happy to help out, preferably with some advance notice if you know you may need it. Check the photos of the activities listed here to decide if help might be needed.

Onshore Paihia, Russell and the Treaty House offer a variety of historical and more culinary attractions - OK mobility parking and all mostly flat - some slopes in part of the Treaty House grounds. There are bus boarding issues for some of you, but for those who can the bus trip to Cape Reinga takes you to the pretty spectacular northern tip of the North Island.

accommodation Bay of Islands

Aarangi Tui Motel

Aarangi Tui Motel

The Aarangi Tui motel is a short, flat walk to an extensive range of water-based activities including “Hole in the Rock” cruises, sailing, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, parasailing and safe swimming. There are cafes, shops and local amenities all within 150m of our motel. For your ease and...
Anchorage Motel

Anchorage Motel

Anchorage Motel offers a range of accommoation, including accessible suites in the heart of Paihia, Bay of Islands. During your stay at the Anchorage Motel you can relax and enjoy the hotel’s large salt-water pool and covered hot spa pool in a tropical setting. Relax on one of the sun...
Bay of Islands Gateway Motel

Bay of Islands Gateway Motel

Welcome to the  Bay of Islands Gateway Motel , Paihia The Bay of Islands Gateway Motel is a small, modern, 4 Star Plus motel offering 6 well appointed, self contained apartments for overnight , short term or holiday accommodation for Corporate Travelers, Couples and Families....
Bay View Motel

Bay View Motel

The Bayview Motel offers unobstructed views over Paihia Beach and the beautiful Bay of Islands. Situated on Paihia's central waterfront, your accommodation is only a 1-minute flat walk to the wharf, shops, cafés and amenities. Sit out on your private deck and take advantage of the spectacular...
Bellrock Lodge

Bellrock Lodge

Bellrock   Lodge   is on the hill overlooking the historic village of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand. From this wonderful vantage point you will see all the comings and goings of the passenger ferries, pleasure boats and village life. It is a short drivel from...
Commodore Lodge

Commodore Lodge

Commodores Lodge, sublime self contained waterfront Russell accommodation, with a range of newly renovated, high quality suites; in town, on the beach and with a pool. When staying with us it is an easy stroll to local cafes, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. You may wish to discover...
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga

About the Hotel  PROPERTY INFORMATION By the quiet water’s edge of the harbour, you’ll find the welcoming Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga, and its 33 rooms and suites. Just 3 hours north of Auckland, this 4-star Qualmark-rated hotel is an escape from the hustle and bustle of...
Edelweiss Motel

Edelweiss Motel

Edelweiss Motel offers quality accommodation suitable for all age groups with large and small studios, one and two bedroom units and an accessible unit. If you have special accessibility requirements, please just ask when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Edgewater Palms Apartments

Edgewater Palms Apartments

A Slice of 5 Star Paradise… Your magic holiday memories begin right here. Golden sands of the Bay of Islands curve out to greet the wide blue south pacific ocean. Picture perfect sunrises stream over the hills of Russell. Dolphins play curiously in the late afternoon waters. Edgewater...
Hananui Lodge

Hananui Lodge

Welcome to the Hananui Lodge and Apartments; and to one of New Zealand's best kept secrets, Russell and the Bay of Islands. Hananui Lodge is located right on Russell's waterfront with unobstructed sea views and the Hananui Apartments are situated on Russell's main road, only 100 metres away...
Motel Russell

Motel Russell

Motel Russell is set in an acre of subtropical gardens within a gentle short stroll of Russell Village, beach, wharf, shops, museum and restaurants. It is the ideal accommodation for your Bay of Islands holiday – a place to relax away from the city noises amidst the song of birds. Enjoy the...
Opononi Lighthouse Motel

Opononi Lighthouse Motel

Opononi Lighthouse Motel Kick back under the palms and watch dolphins playing in the waves at the Opononi Lighthouse Motel. The beachfront accommodation at Opononi Lighthouse Motel is the perfect base from which to explore historic Hokianga and the Northland region. Opononi...
Opua Boutique Seaview Motel

Opua Boutique Seaview Motel

Opua motel is a small, friendly and welcoming place to relax and call home, offering affordable accommodation and facilities. Our self-contained units are modern and stylish with various options available to accommodate small family groups, friends couples and single travellers, including those...
Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Orongo Bay Holiday Park

A unique opportunity awaits you at Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park. You have the chance to see and hear kiwi and weka in their natural environment. You will discover the perfect camping site to pitch your tent or park your campervan. Enjoy a relaxing stay in one of our cabins, cottages or...
Paihia Beach Resort and Spa

Paihia Beach Resort and Spa

Welcome to Paihia Beach Resort & Spa. Located in the idyllic sea-side town of Paihia in the Bay Of Islands, is the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa.  We invite you to experience our boutique resort, which has been designed with guest’s ultimate comfort in mind.  Relax at La Spa Naturale,...
Russell Top 10 Holiday Park

Russell Top 10 Holiday Park

Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4 star plus rated Holiday Park with an Enviro Bronze endorsement.  Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park is the only Holiday Park located in the Russell township. Our Holiday Park offers a fantastic range of accommodation all within easy walking distance to...
Seaport Village

Seaport Village

Welcome to Seaport Village and to New Zealand's historical and romantic village. Located in the heart of downtown Russell. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, exploring outdoor or water activities in Russell and the Bay of Islands, you can do it all hasstle free from the comfort of...
Sunseeker Cottages

Sunseeker Cottages

We offer you self contained, affordable accommodation in four stand-alone separate chalet houses. Each cottage is self-contained and private from other guests. Your Hosts are Jill and Bill. The elevated property is well away from the road, with large grounds and rural views over the...
Swallows Nest Accommodation

Swallows Nest Accommodation

Welcome to the Swallows Nest This is "Bay of Islands" accommodation at its very best, with million dollar sea views from a spectacular setting and yet only 400m from the beach. The Swallows Nest offers warmth and comfort during the winter months, and offers cool ambiance in the wonderful,...
The Waterfront Suites

The Waterfront Suites

These all-suite luxury apartments are located only steps away from Paihia's restaurants and wharf, ideally situated to take advantage of all that the glorious Bay of Islands and Northland region has to offer. Many of the suites offer ocean views – the two bedroom premium suites and penthouses...

activity Bay of Islands

Christ Church, Russell

Christ Church, Russell

Christ Church, Russell / Te Whare Karakia o Kororareka is New Zealand’s oldest existing church and possibly the oldest building still used for its original purpose.  Its beginnings go back to the earliest years of Maori European contact in the Bay of Islands when missionaries from across the...
Discover Cape Reinga

Discover Cape Reinga

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a trip to the very top of the North Island - Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this wild and untouched region rich in Maori culture and tradition on a full day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri.    
Fullers Paihia-Russell passenger ferry

Fullers Paihia-Russell passenger ferry

Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands offers the most extensive range of Bay of Islands Cruises. See all the top Bay of Islands attractions like the famous hole in the Rock, beautiful Urupukapapuka Island and the Cape Brett Peninsula as well as dolphins, whales and other marine life. Go swimming...
Hole in the Rock, Dolphin Cruises

Hole in the Rock, Dolphin Cruises

Set off on a half day cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.    
Russell bars, restaurants and cafes

Russell bars, restaurants and cafes

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