In Kerikeri is where you will find this backpackers Lodge that is run by an English couple. The site is fun and it is 30 Euros/night. The couple helps and advises young people from other countries to organize their "WORK HOLIDAYS"
In a cline over Paihia Bay, there are small log cabins for 4 people, with well-equipped kitchenette and a divine terrace amidst a pine forest overlooking the bay. The owners seem like very nice people and for 50 euros a night, a