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The Best Airbnbs In Auckland, Whatever Your Budget

By Alice Rich

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

Tāmaki Makaurau 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. You're truly spoiled for choice which, as we all know, can prompt a bit of overwhelm. 

We'd heard Airbnb has this new 'guest favourites' filter so we put it to good use and, can confirm that it's super handy. 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's Urban List's pick of the best Airbnbs Auckland has to offer. 

Best Airbnbs In The Viaduct

Harbour View Penthouse 

Princes Wharf | Sleeps 6

A plush, boujee lounge which looks straight out onto Waitematā Harbour.
Image credit: Harbour View Penthouse | Airbnb

Panoramic views of the Waitematā and a boujee fit-out make for one helluva getaway at this Harbour View Penthouse. Spread over two floors, your smack bang in the centre of Auckland CBD’s buzzing Viaduct. A secure car park can be arranged if needed. 

High-Rise With City Views 

Auckland CBD | Sleeps 2

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 

Auckland CBD | Sleeps 2

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

Rainforest Magic

Piha | Sleeps 4

Chic black wooden house with deck surrounded by native trees and ferns.
Image credit: Rainforest Magic | Airbnb

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. 

Lovely Villa In Freemans Bay

Freeman's Bay | Sleeps 2

Stay a while at this lovely villa in Freeman’s Bay. You’ll start each day with a delicious homemade breakfast provided by your hosts and then the day is ripe for exploring.

Situated close to Ponsonby Road and Auckland CBD it’s easy to get amongst the surrounding neighbourhoods, with easy access to ferries to Waiheke Island and Devonport if you’re up for an adventure slightly further afield. And if you’re after a little insider knowledge, your hosts are more than happy to assist.

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Kauri Chalet

Titirangi | Sleeps 2

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 | Sleeps 4

This private wing near Ponsonby Road is just 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

Rural Luxury

Coatesville | Sleeps 4

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.
Image credit: Rural Luxury | Airbnb

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 | Sleeps 2 

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 | Sleeps 2

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

Barefoot On The Beach

Cheltenham ​| Sleeps 4

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

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 | Sleeps 2

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 | Sleeps 4

Keeping some detailing of its former life as a boat shed, The Boat House is both nautical and nourishing. Enjoy the sea (which 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

Summer House

Riverhead | Sleeps 2

A beautiful pool surrounded by lush greenery and deckchairs.
Image credit: Resort Style Living | Airbnb

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 | Sleeps 4

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 | Sleeps 9

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

Oasis In The Bridge

Mangere | Sleeps 2

The wooden exterior of the Oasis in the bridge, one of the best airbnbs in Auckland.
Image credit: Oasis In The Bridge | Airbnb

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. 

Welcoming B&B

Mangere | Sleeps 2

So much thought has gone into shaping this kind and inclusive stay. All ethnicities are welcome, it’s LGBTQIA+ friendly and gluten-free, and vegan breakfast options are abundant. 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. 

Best Airbnb Auckland Apartments

Urban Jungle Apartment

Auckland CBD | Sleeps 3

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

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. 

Modern Central Park Living 

Victoria Park | Sleeps 4

Book into this Modern Central Park Living for all the benefits of being in the heart of Auckland CBD without the rush. The apartment, which overlooks Victoria Park is the perfect place to unwind, with cute pop culture detailing, to boot. Secure car park included. 

Anzac North Loft Apartment

Auckland CBD | Sleeps 8

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 add 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

Insta-Worthy Apartment

Mission Bay | Sleeps 7 

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

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. 

A Bit Of Heaven On Earth 

Whitford | Sleeps 5

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. 

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