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Auckland’s 22 Best Airbnbs In 2021, Whatever Your Budget

By Alice Rich
6th Oct 2021

Dining table with pool (complete with fountain), spa pool and view of the sea.

Auckland has some of the best Airbnbs around and we’re semi-obsessed (let’s be real, head-over-heels in love) with these secret urban dwellings that go above and beyond. Whether it’s luxury incarnate, stunning views or something a bit unexpected we’re here for it.

And we’re also here for you, so without further ado, here are the best Airbnbs Auckland has to offer. 

Best Airbnbs In The Viaduct

A covered outdoor deck looking over Auckland CBD and the buzzing harbour.Princess Wharf Gem 

LOWER CBD 4 guests | 1 bedroom

Spacious but with the little details to make it cosy too, we love the view from this absolutely luxe apartment. To your right, you’ll see Auckland’s iconic ferry building and humming downtown, and to your left, the sparkling waters of the Waitematā Harbour. 

High-Rise With City Views 

Lower CBD 2 guests | 1 bedroom

Enjoy a private room in this vibrant apartment with a communal bookshelf and balcony with sea views and succulents. You’ll also have access to a pool, sauna, spa, fitness centre and tennis court. Pop down the road to reach the Viaduct, or venture up to find yourself at the foot of the Sky Tower. 

Wynyard Quarter Penthouse 

Lower CBD 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

The textures, patterns and colours that have gone into this indulgent penthouse apartment are inspired. We bet you’re so ready to relax on the private deck and enjoy the city views, and with a car park plus pool, spa, sauna and gym you won’t need to leave… but if you do, you’re a short stroll from the Viaduct’s best bars, restaurants and cafes. 

Best Airbnbs In Wider Auckland City

Chic black wooden house with deck surrounded by native trees and ferns. Rainforest Magic

PIHA 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

Cosy, beautifully designed and soaked in nature, and with a fireplace for the winter months and an outdoor bath for summer, you can enjoy this Piha gem all year round. Tire yourself out exploring walking tracks or take to the beach then find a spot on the deck and be awe-inspired as the sun slowly sets over Lion Rock. 

Kauri Chalet

Titirangi 2 guests | 1 bedroom 

Surrounded by native bush this serene nature chalet is just a short drive from the beautiful black sands of Karekare Beach. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway, a refreshing escape for best friends or some self-care in the wilderness. 

Repurposed Mechanics Workshop

GREY LYNN/PONSONBY 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

This private wing near Ponsonby Road is absolutely enchanting. Looking like something out of Alice in Wonderland this private wing has two bedrooms, a covered terrace and a private lawn. Continental breakfast, tea, coffee and “treats” are included. 

Best Airbnbs On The North Shore

Two wicker chairs sitting around a table with a bottle of champagne and cheeseboard on it. In the background we see a rural vista of trees and fields.Rural Luxury

COATESVILLE 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

Unwind in the Coatesville countryside in this luxury country villa, affectionately known as the Petite Maison. Enjoy plush decor and panoramic views over a glass of bubbly (or two). 

A Slice Of Paradise

Takapuna 2 guests | 1 bedroom

It’s all about the summery vibes at Palm Studio. We love their beautiful wooden flooring, cute styling and outdoor shower for washing away sand (there’s another two-metre one inside too). Start the day with homemade granola and a Nespresso then hit the 90-second walk along to glorious Takapuna Beach. 

By The Lake

MILFORD 2 guests | 1 bedroom

Perched on the edge of Lake Pupuke, this private room and bathroom, with its own entrance, boasts a garden sauna and an energising spa bath. You read that right—a sauna AND a spa bath. You may even get a wee fluffy visitor—the host’s inquisitive, friendly cat Ollie. Adorable!

Best Airbnbs In Devonport

A well appointed room looks out onto a sunny deck with Rangitoto in the distance.Barefoot On The Beach

CHELTENHAM ​4 guests | 2 bedrooms

Blissful and beachfront, with a breathtaking view of the mighty Rangitoto, this gorgeous space is next level. With a super location, everything’s within walking distance—wander along Cheltenham Beach, climb North Head or stroll into Devonport township. We’re relaxing just writing about it.

Waterfront Victorian Villa

Devonport 2 guests | 1 bedroom

They had us at ‘room in a stunning Victorian villa’. Throw in the fact it was built in 1906 and has a clawfoot bath—yes, please. Just two minutes from the ferry you’ve got easy access to Auckland CBD but you might just want to luxuriate in the lush tropical resort-style swimming pool and garden instead.

The Boat House

BAYSWATER 2 guests | 1 bedroom

Keeping the detailing of its former life as a boat shed, The Boat House is both nautical and nourishing. Enjoy the sea (which literally washes up to your doorstep) or pop over the fence to the pool. Want to venture out? Bayswater is halfway between Devonport township and Takapuna so the world’s your oyster (we had to). 

Best Airbnbs In Auckland With A Pool

A beautiful pool surrounded by lush greenery and deckchairs.Summer House

RIVERHEAD 2 guests | 1 bedroom

Set on an equestrian lifestyle property this ridiculously gorgeous guest house has major Bachelorette fantasy date vibes and we’re living for it. The indoor styling is immaculate with polished wooden floors, plus there’s an enormous pool, a hammock to chill out in and a cosy outdoor fireplace that just screams s’mores. If you get sick of that (will you though?) a short walk will take you to Riverhead Forest. 

Resort Style Living

NORTHCOTE 4 guests | 1 bedroom

This hideaway (main article image above) doesn’t just have a pool, there’s also a spa pool, a children’s playground and not one, but two, trampolines. Revel in sea and city views, and share a delicious meal around the outdoor table. Oh, and the pool lights up so at night you can live your full neon mermaid fantasy. 

Inner City Sanctuary

Grey Lynn 9 guests | 4 bedrooms

This spacious, light-filled home overlooking Grey Lynn Park has enough pool for everyone, and it’s heated. Help yourself to the veggie garden and fruit trees, and delight in being a temporary carer of a lounge-dwelling turtle called Feisty.  

Best Airbnbs Near Auckland Airport

A massive brick manor with glass conservatory, sitting on a spacious lawn with a large tree in the foreground. Sleeping Beauty Be Awakened

MANGERE EAST 16 guests | 9 bedrooms

With a name like that, you’d expect something epic, and that’s exactly what this character villa delivers. For starters, it’s massive with nine bedrooms. We’re digging the conservatory and the monochromatic bathroom is exquisite. 

Welcoming B&B

Mangere 2 guests | 1 bedroom

So much thought has gone into shaping this kind and inclusive stay. All ethnicities are welcome, it’s LGBTQIA+ friendly and there’s an abundance of gluten-free, vegan breakfast options. The home is not on a flight path, ensuring a restful stay, and the host has a friendly cat called Strawberry who evidently wins hearts. 

Oasis In The Bridge

Mangere 2 guests | 1 bedroom

Once reserved only for family, this luxury guesthouse in Mangere Bridge is sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Whether you’re wanting to squeeze some extra work in before your flight or stretch your legs in the open air strolling around the farm next door, this place won't disappoint. 

Best Airbnb Auckland Apartments

Cute loft apartment with loads of plants, a Persian rug and a loft bed - complete with ladder. Urban Jungle Apartment

CBD 3 guests | 1 bedroom

Pinterest is real, people. And it takes the form of this pretty-as-a-picture apartment, complete with abundant plant life, macramé and loft-style bedding. We love that it draws its inspiration from the subtropical rainforest of Auckland’s west coast yet is in the heart of Auckland City. 

Leafy Urban Getaway

West Lynn 2 guests | 1 bathroom

Two words: babbling brook. This stylish ground floor apartment, with private access, is just lovely. Curl up on the bean bags to watch native birds flitting about in the forest just a step away from the deck. Special mention must go to the quite profound artwork in the bathroom, a self-affirming mantra to ‘Be-you-tiful’.

Anzac North Loft Apartment

CBD 8 guests | 4 bedrooms

A colour palette of cedar, ochre and crushed blue velvet brings a calming sort of charm to this wonderfully large apartment. The bubble lights in the lounge are a touch of whimsy and we can already see a group of our friends catching up over canapés and a vino on the terrace. 

Best Airbnbs In East Auckland

Sophisticated white marble kitchen with naked bulbs.Insta-Worthy Apartment

MISSION BAY 7 guests | 2 bedrooms

This is sophisticated minimalism at its best with clean white walls that’d make a great backdrop for the ‘Gram (just saying). We love the plant, coral and toitoi accents, and if the mesmerising moon-glow bathroom mirror appears in our dreams we won’t be surprised. 

Nestled In The Trees

Maraetai 2 guests | 1 bedroom

For something completely different, this treehouse just 300m from Maraetai Beach could be a bit of you. We bet the queen-sized memory foam mattress would be just the ticket for weary backs and legs, especially after a day exploring Duder and Omaha Regional Parks which are just a minute’s drive away. 

A Bit Of Heaven On Earth 

Whitford 5 guests | 2 bedrooms

If your idea of a great getaway involves alpacas, look no further. This self-contained apartment, with private access, is on a four-acre block, and yes, it’s also home to a small flock of alpacas. Precious. 

Love that hot tub living but want to get out of Auckland? Check out the 10 best Airbnbs with outdoor baths and hot tubs in NZ

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