Paihia is the principal waterfront town of the Bay of Islands, it is situated approximately 3½ hours drive north of Auckland and about 1 hour north of Whangarei.


If you're driving, biking or taking a bus, finding us is easy.

By Air

There are several flights daily from Auckland's domestic airport to the Bay of Islands airport near the town of Kerikeri. For flight reservations check out Air New Zealand. Taxi companies will meet your flight and take you on the 25 min shuttle to the Saltwater Lodge front door, for around $25-30pp.

By Bus

Intercity and Nakedbus are the main coach services and depart at least twice daily from Auckland. The Airbus is a convenient service to take you from the airport to catch coach services leaving from Auckland city centre.

Hop-on, Hop-off backpacker bus companies like Kiwi Experience and Stray also depart daily from Auckland and can drop you at our door.

Contact us

Please use the form below to contact us if you have any questions which we will respond to as quickly as we can. We value your feedback at Saltwater Lodge so drop us a message to let us know what you thought.

14 Kings Road, Paihia,

Bay of Islands,

New Zealand.

 Phone: 64-9-402 7075

 Fax: 64-9-402 7240

 Freephone: 0800 002 266


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