Six years ago, 5 of my running mates and I decided to run the Kerikeri half Marathon. We chose to stay with our partners, at the Outrigger Motel in Paihia and were not disappointed returning annually for the next 5 years. The units have all the facilities one requires and are immaculate. There is also nice spa for soothing our bodies after our 21km run and the location is superb. Only a couple of minutes walk to the township where there is a supermarket, plenty of restaurants, a variety of shops and the wharf where one can catch the ferry to Russell or take tours around the bay.
Last but not least, our hosts Suzi and Greg were outstanding, nothing being too much trouble and always looking to help if we had a problem/question.
Would recommend as the place to stay in Paihia