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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, PaihiaEnviro Award Silver4 star qualmark

Expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities at our Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands enhance the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.


Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has island-influenced architecture with beautifully landscaped grounds and light airy rooms. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, it’s a pleasant stroll into town to the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. 

While staying at the 4 star Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands you will experience our lush gardens, with water features and our easy walking access to Paihia's main local attractions. Any time of year is ideal for escaping to the Bay of Islands in the ‘winterless north’, and this property is the perfect resort-style retreat. 

Whether you are here for business or pleasure, the relaxed atmosphere of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands will melt away your stresses in moments. The entire property has been extensively refurbished and expanded, and the attention to detail will impress you. The only danger is you’ll like it so much you won’t want to leave your room or the grounds! 

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Location

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Lat: 35° 17' 14.3874" S" S
Lon: 174° 5' 45.6102" E" E
GPS - 58 Seaview Road, Paihia

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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Facilities

For your convenience the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands offers...

  • Restaurant serving both breakfast and dinner
  • Guest lounge bar
  • 24-hour Reception
  • 24-hour Room service
  • Guest laundry
  • Valet laundry and dry-cleaning service (weekdays, excluding Public Holidays)
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet kiosks
  • FREE WiFi available throughout hotel
  • Business services
  • Conference facilities
  • Complimentary guest parking
  • Car, boat and coach wash area
  • Tourist information and booking service

Check-in time: 2:00pm. Check-out time: 10:00am

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Room Amenities

The hotel has 114 Standard, Superior and Deluxe rooms including rooms catering for families. Deluxe rooms feature air-conditioning. Special access rooms available.

Rooms include:

  • Sky TV
  • minibar
  • fridge
  • desk space
  • telephone
  • FREE WiFi
  • clock radio
  • tea and coffee facilities
  • hairdryer
  • iron and ironing board

Standard and Deluxe rooms also have:

  • flat screen LCD TVs with entertainment system

Bay of Islands Attractions & Activities

Bay of Islands Kayaking

With options of Eco Kayak Tours and Kayak Fishing you can spend up to a day enjoying the Bay of Islands from the water. Tours depart daily with skilled guides to show you around most of the 144 islands in the bay and take you to the best kayak fishing spots!

Blue Sea Fishing

Blue Sea Fishing Charters offer groups the opportunity to catch some big game fish in the Bay of Islands. All world records for Striped Marlin, Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper are held along this stretch of coast. They cater for all types of experience from learners to experienced anglers.

Top Trail Cycle Tours

Enjoy a bike tour with Top Trail Cycle Tours on your trip to the Bay of Islands. The trail is around 2 – 3 hours depending on your chosen speed and is easy going with only a few gentle slopes and smooth surfaces. This trail takes you through some beautiful Northland countryside and offers spectacular photographic opportunities. Cycles and helmets can hired as well as drop off and picks ups by arrangement. 

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealands most important historic site. The Bay of Islands is host to this history rich location where momentous events occurred and shaped our nation. There are guided tours available as well as cultural performances available as combo deals.

Rainbow Falls

The Rainbow Falls in the Bay of Islands are some of the most spectacular in New Zealand. Sheltered by native trees during the wheelchair accessible walk up to the three viewing platforms you will be amazed by this natural, picturesque Bay of Islands attraction. Listen out for some native New Zealand birds as you stroll along the edge of the water.

Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck

The Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck is a popular dive site for diving enthusiasts. Providing a home for all types of Reef life you will be amazed with the ship as well as the life now living on and around the wreck. The wreck can be reached by a small boat only.

Hole in the Rock

The Bay of Islands is home to one of New Zealand’s most unusual and spectacular rock formations along the coastline, best known as the Hole in the Rock. Cruises will take you past Cape Brett Lighthouse and you are guaranteed to see Dolphins. You will be taken through the Hole in the Rock and then have the opportunity to stop off at one of the picturesque beaches on the way back.

90 Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach is the stretch of coastline that stretches from Ahipara to Scott Points in the far North. The beach is actually only 88kms in length and is an official highway – mostly only suitable for 4WD vehicles. As well as driving along this beautiful stretch of coastline you can try surf casting, swimming and bodyboarding down the sand dunes.

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is the north westernmost tip of the North Island in New Zealand. Known by Maori as the points where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld this is a very special place. Generally considered to be the point at where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean clash you can watch the unsettled waters from the light house.

Kawiti Glow Worm Caves

You can discover the magic of the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves when visiting the Bay of Islands. There are guided tours available through the Kawiti caves for you to experience one of New Zealand’s wonders with your family. Journey through the cave and its hidden chambers where the glow worms fill the cavern as far as you can see. 

Dune Riders

Travel down 90 Mile Beach on a Dune Rider giving you the chance to get to Cape Reinga and boogie board down the sand dunes. Departing from Paihia daily you can take advantage of this day trip for the family especially if you don’t have your own transport! The best way to experience the far North.

Makana Chocolate Factory

Makana Confections produce some of New Zealands best boutique chocolates. These hand-made chocolates are made on locations and when visiting you can see how they are made, taste some samples and choose from a large selection great for gifts.

Historic Stone Store

The Stone Store is New Zealand’s oldest stone building. This construction was originally built for holding New Zealand mission supplies and wheat. This didn’t last long and the building was then used as a kauri gum trading store. Today the historic Stone Store is a local tourist attraction with classically branded Kiwiana available to purchase.

Kingdom of Zion

The Kingdom of Zion, formerly known as Zion Wildlife Gardens is open daily for guided tours and general admission. You will get to meet all of the big cats the park as well as have the opportunity to visit them during feeding times. There are coach tours available from Paihia.

Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar

The Nikau Restaurant offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, with the Lounge Bar complete with large screen TV an ideal place to catch up with friends and unwind before and after dinner.

Opening hours
Nikau Restaurant is open for a la carte and buffet breakfast from 6.30am until 9.30am weekdays and until 10.00am weekends, and a la carte and buffet dining from 6pm until 9pm. Relax in the Lounge Bar from 4.30pm, however our staff are available for service outside these hours.
Natural Northland

With the waters of the Bay of Islands rich with marine life, fresh seafood is a popular feature on the menu in the Nikau Restaurant. So too are other regional specialties such as our selection of Northland cheeses. For something very Kiwi, look out for the Rewana bread (a type of Maori bread) and the country’s national dessert, the pavlova.
View the delicious menu offerings from the Bay below:

Nikau Restaurant Breakfast Menu
Nikau Restaurant Dinner Menu
Nikau Restaurant Kids Menu


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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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Our Hotel History, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

A hotel has been on the current Scenic Hotel Bay of Island’s site welcoming guests from New Zealand and around the world since the early 1990's. The property was originally developed in 1984 as a 38-unit hotel together with a camping ground facility.

Such was its popularity that early in 2000 a further 20 rooms were added. After Scenic Hotel group purchased the property in 2004 plans were quickly put in place to redevelop the property. The camping ground facility was closed and construction began on a new 56-room extension in 2005. Over the following year the existing 58 rooms were completely refurbished. By the end of 2006 the redesigned core facility had been completed, including the restaurant, bar, conference rooms and reception lobby.

Our high quality facilities are complimented by our beautiful natural surroundings. The property is in the heart of the main accommodation area in Paihia and within easy strolling distance of the beach – and what a beach it is!

Here at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands we are often complimented on the friendliness of our staff – it’s hard for our beautiful location not to make us happy and we have a tradition of providing high standards of service and a genuine, warm welcome.

This is reflected in the independent industry accreditation that we have received. Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has achieved a Qualmark 4 star plus rating and has been awarded a Silver Enviro Rating.

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58 Seaview Rd, Paihia
Bay of Islands
Ph: +64 9 402 7826