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" -working vacation to be maintained for their holidays. They are doing a very good job so if anyone has plans to travel to New Zealand and work to survive, they will make things easier.
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 bargain for both comfort in one of the most touristic cities of New Zealand. Whether you go in December and January, bookings here is best during high season.