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11 Of The Best Beach House Airbnbs In NZ For Your Next Seaside Escape In 2022

By Abby Porter
9th Sep 2022

The view out over the sea from the patio and outdoor bath at the Greenie Ecohouse in Golden Bay

There's a reason we all long for a beachside vacation when the day-to-day gets too stressful. It's pretty much the ultimate peaceful escape—feeling the ocean breeze, walking along sandy shores, and going for a dip while you bask in the afternoon sunshine.

We know that NZ boasts some seriously gorgeous beaches, so it stands to reason that there are some absolutely stunning Airbnbs that sit right by the water. Whether you're headed North, East, South or West, you're only a few clicks away from making your seaside holiday dreams come true.

So without further ado, settle in for a tour of the best beach house Airbnbs around New Zealand.

The Best Beach House Airbnb In Northland

The azure ocean sparkles right across from this beachfront stay in NorthlandMahinepua Magic

Kaeo 6 guests | 3 bedrooms

Experience the magic of a luxury beachfront getaway at this gorgeous stay in Kaeo. Just tell us that epic coastline view isn't calling your name! This exquisite, spacious home is kitted out with only the best amenities, including luxuriously comfortable beds, and even the modern bathroom has ocean views. The best bath of your life, coming right up. 

The Best Beach House Airbnbs In Waikato

The beautiful sunny view from the dining room at this Waikato stay.Modern Retreat In Matarangi

Matarangi 7 guests | 3 bedrooms

This stunning modern beach house has one-of-a-kind sea views over the Matarangi Golf Course. With a spacious, sunny kitchen and living room, it's the perfect place for some much-needed quality time with friends and family. Get ready to unwind for real in this beautifully architectured home.

The beach lies right outside the doors of this gorgeous Tapu AirbnbMagical Coromandel  

Coromandel 2 guests | 1 Bedroom

Designed to help you escape the real world, this Coromandel beachfront retreat will help you get your rest and relaxation on big time. Situated right on the stunning waterfront, you'll experience sunsets, views of the ocean, and long coastal walks before retiring to this peaceful abode. Guaranteed, your IG stories have never looked better.

The Best Beach House Airbnb In The Bay Of Plenty

The secluded master bedroom is right across from the water at this Bay of Plenty stay.Retro Beachfront Chalet 

Ohope 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

This retro-style chalet is located on the beachfront of gorgeous Ohope Beach. Thanks to the open plan living space, outdoor deck, and courtyard, it's a light and airy dream to stay in. With cosy comforts throughout the house, this unforgettable home will take you to cloud nine before you know it.

The Best Beach House Airbnb In Taranaki

The beautiful windows in the living room open up to the sea in the Little Church Bay CottageLittle Church Bay Cottage

New Plymouth 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

Newly constructed, the Little Church Bay Cottage boasts one of the most beautiful locations in Taranaki. Positioned right on the beachfront at East End Beach, this unique stay is a private and cosy romantic oasis. Beat those Valentine's Day crowds and book in for a couples getaway ASAP!

The Best Beach House Airbnb In Wellington

This spacious, modern home is right across the road from the beach in Porirua.Luxury Seaview Suite

Porirua 2 guests | 1 bedroom

This stunning and serene suite enjoys an abundance of natural light from windows that'll grace you with coastal mountain views, so don't forget to pack a camera. Step out onto a stone and gravel patio, breathe in the crisp air, kick up your feet, and admire postcard sea views. Wish you were here!

The Best Beach House Airbnb In Golden Bay

The Little Greenie Ecohouse looks like a stunning beachside escape in the hills across from Wainui Bay.Little Greenie Ecohouse

Golden Bay 2 guests | 1 bedroom

The idyllic Little Greenie Ecohouse (main image and above) is truly like no other. It's a well-designed escape with sustainability in mind—solar-powered and off-the-grid, this lush stay offers unbeatable views and total privacy. In short, it's the perfect retreat all year round—there's never been a better time to get amongst this bliss. 

The Best Beach House Airbnb On The West Coast

A gorgeous wooden table sits outside this peaceful Hokotika stay for outdoor, beachside dining Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat

Hokitika 6 guests | 3 bedrooms

Nestled on the beach and flanked by the glorious Southern Alps, this stellar beachfront stay offers the unique experience of two natural delights in close proximity. Talk about the best of both worlds. Recuperate and unwind sleeping in premium bed linen (an appreciated plus) and relax in the infinity beach garden or by the cosy fire.

The Best Beach House Airbnbs In Canterbury 

This beachfront stay in Christchurch looks inviting amongst the palm trees in sunset light.Beachside Self-Contained Studio

Christchurch 2 guests | 1 bedroom

This secluded, self-contained studio apartment overlooks an enticing pool on one side, and some amazing sand dunes on the other. Enjoy a continental breakfast in the comfortable queen bed, facing the dunes and ocean water (sounds like a top-tier brekkie in bed if you ask us). If a beach swim isn’t enough, enjoy that heated indoor pool, sauna, and hot outdoor showers that make this stay a winner even in winter.

The balcony of this Akaroa stay looks out over the tranquil watersWaterfront Apartment

Akaroa 4 guests | 2 bedrooms

A restored apartment situated in an 1830's colonial building, this unique beach house is located on the main street in beautiful Akaroa. Boasting the best views in the village, the spacious apartment is home to luxe amenities, a sunny lounge and french doors leading to a balcony overlooking the wonderful harbour. It's perfect for keeping you feeling rejuvenated as you experience all that Akaroa has to offer.

Bright blue ocean and sky are the view from the outdoor dining space at this beach bungalow in TimaruBeach Bungalow

Timaru 7 guests | 3 bedrooms

This stylishly renovated bungalow has the ocean right at its doorstep. What more could you want? A hidden gem that's conveniently located, it's just a stone's throw away from some seriously stunning ocean and coastal walking tracks. Scenic and relaxing, this stay is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed.
Need more tips for travelling around our beautiful backyard? Take a look at these stunning spots you had no idea were in NZ
Image credit: Airbnb, header image from The Greenie Ecohouse in Golden Bay. 
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