New Zealand’s best Air BnBs


There’s plenty of reasons why there’s a trend for even the most discerning travellers to opt for Air BnBs over fancy hotels. Skip the cookie cutter hotel rooms, and choose somewhere unique, homely, and with a personal touch. An apartment full of quirky art, a rural cottage, or a luxury yurt. You can live like a local in a small neighbourhood or a secluded location, with no Hilton in sight. We’ve scoured New Zealand for the best Air BnBs and here are our favourites:

For charm

Parkside Studio, New Plymouth

This quaint cottage is located at the back of the host’s garden in New Plymouth, and it’s just as cute as it is convenient. Just 2 minutes walk to Pukekura Park and Bowl of Brooklyn and a 15 minute stroll to New Plymouth’s city centre. 

For kids

Shear-Vue, Lake Tekapo

The ‘Shear-Vue’ accommodation in Lake Tekapo is so much more than somewhere to lay your weary head. It’s a true rural experience – and includes a 1 hour farm tour. Visit from late August until December to help bottle feed baby lambs. 

For designer luxe

Alpine Pod, Arthurs Point

The ‘Alpine Pod’ in Arthurs Point, Otago, is the perfect apres-ski location, situated at the base of Coronet Peak. You’ll be relaxing in serious style and comfort – with sleek monochrome interiors and accents of warm cedar. 

For the best outdoor bath

The Nest, Taranaki

‘The Nest’ sits on a West Coast cliff looking over the sea in Taranaki, offering some serious seclusion and uninterrupted views. You can literally soak in the surroundings, with an outdoor bath perched on the deck.    

For traditional luxe

The Homestead, Lake Hayes

The Homestead at Lake Hayes offers serious space and serious style. With 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a modern pool and outdoor fireplace on the expansive grounds, bring the whole family and some.

For Balinese vibes

Bali Haven, Coromandel

You might not be jetting off to Seminyak anytime soon, but this Balinese style cabin will do us just fine. No need to leave the beloved pooch at home – dogs are welcome, and dog beds are available on request. 

For something quirky

The Lighthouse, Wellington

Forget drab hotel rooms, and stay in a lighthouse by the beach in Wellington.

For off the grid

Cosy Yurt, Motueka

Leave the city (and smartphones) behind and get comfy beneath the Milky Way and natives, in this cosy Yurt. Just a short drive to Motueka, but there’s no reason to leave – with river views, a toasty fireplace, and a skylight for star gazing. 

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