20 Of The Best Airbnbs In New Zealand

By Georgia Condon
10th Jan 2023

A stunning Airbnb overlooks the sea.

It's no secret that Aotearoa has some bucket list locations to visit, and with incredible natural beauty, world-class dining and drinking, and heart-pumping action activities come top-notch places to rest your head.

From rolling valleys to dense native forests and cliffs overlooking black sand beaches, we've found the best Airbnbs in New Zealand's North Island and South Island including this darling Airbnb on the edge that you can book for a getaway.

The Best Airbnbs In NZ: The North Island

An outdoor bath on a leafy Airbnb in NZ's balcony

Waihi Beach Chalet

Waihi Beach, Bay Of Plenty | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

Plan a luxe beach escape at this stunning home nestled in the native bush. Just five minutes from the beach, you'll have an acre of gorgeous garden to explore, before heading back to freshen up in the outdoor bath and shower (or the modern indoor ones, if you're feeling conventional). Soak up some sun on the verandah, take your meals at the bar overlooking the valley, and take a deep breath of fresh coastal air—the Waihi Beach Chalet is pretty close to our idea of heaven.

An incredible New Zealand Airbnb with a dip pool and deck overlooking a bay. Definitely one of the best airbnbs in NZ

Cloud 9

Russell, Northland | 6 Guests | 4 Beds

Round up the crew for this incredible stay overlooking the Bay of Oneroa. You're going to want to chill out on the deck (which wraps around most of the property, and has stunning views from all angles), take regular dips in the pool (or hot tub, if it's getting chilly), and poke down to the beach a half-mile away, or explore the action in Russell if you can bear to tear yourself away from Cloud 9 for just a moment. No wonder this is one of the best Airbnbs in New Zealand.

A modern wooden cabin at sunset

Studio Seventy Four

Wellington | 4 Guests 

This architecturally designed studio is big on good looks, taking out the Best Designed Stay in the New Zealand Airbnb Host Awards in 2021. Studio Seventy Four is set on the ridge overlooking Wellington, with 360-degree views, loads of space to relax on the deck or lawn, and gorgeous modern interiors. After a long day of exploring Wellington, you'll want to run the outdoor bathtub for a good long soak.

An Airbnb with an outdoor setting with champagne overlooking farmland

Seafield View

Napier, Hawke's Bay | 4 Guests | 2 Beds

A gorgeous modern property overlooking the Bay View village (ten minutes from Napier), Seafield View is the perfect home away from home for your next Hawke's Bay getaway. The balcony is the perfect spot to sip a glass of local wine at sunset and soak away in the outdoor tub with views over the fields. You can hire e-bikes to explore the local area and wineries, or hit the Hawke's Bay cycle trails.A contemporary Airbnb nestled in New Zealand native forest

Piha Retreat

Piha Beach, Auckland | 4 Guests | 2 Beds

With stunning views down to Lion Rock, part of the Waitakere Ranges, this is one property that every Kiwi needs to visit at least once. After a day of exploring the seven-acre property—there are tracks and a waterfall to explore plus plenty of wildlife visitors—you can light up the fireplace or enjoy a soak in the outdoor bath. While the Piha Retreat is a quick drive from the middle of Auckland and a 15-minute dash from Titirangi, you'll be feeling a world away once you're immersed in the protected ancient forest on the property.

One of New Zealand's best Airbnbs: a converted lighthouse overlooking a bay

The Lighthouse

Island Bay, Wellington | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

The perfect spot to live out your wistful lighthouse-living fantasies, this coastal Airbnb is truly something special. Explore the sandy beach and rock pools before retiring to take in the ever-changing views from your Lighthouse vantage point, or wander to the local cafes, restaurants and shops. Breathe in the fresh, salty air, kick back, and practise your sea shanties.A bedroom in a wood and cloth geodesic dome looking out to trees

The Off-Grid Treehouse

Korito, Taranaki | 3 Guests | 2 Beds

Remember when you were a kid and you were desperate to sleep a night in your cubby house? This insane Airbnb is just that feeling... but grown-up. The wood-panelled Treehouse is immersed in nature, and has a repurposed spiral staircase, swings, and even a slide—goals. The property is home to a lake with kayaks, farm animals, glow worms, gardens and walkways so there's loads to explore but, really, something tells us you'd have just as much fun staying in.A wood-panelled tiny house under a tree

Sustainable Tuki Tuki Tiny Home

Kahuranaki, Hawke's Bay | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

Taste the farm life in this adorable eco-friendly tiny house 15 minutes from the sweet town of Havelock North. The Tuki Tuki Tiny Home, in the Kahuranaki Valley with fabulous views of Mt Erin, has plenty of beautiful walking routes, plus an outdoor bathtub to enjoy at the end of the day. Whip up breaky using eggs and herbs from the farm, or meander 20 minutes down the road to the local wineries and restaurants await.

A treehouse-style wood cabin Airbnb in the New Zealand forest overlooking Whale Bay

Treehouse In The Woods

Raglan, Waikato | 3 Guests | 2 Beds

A super romantic getaway in the woods of a 35-acre property, the Treehouse In The Woods boasts views of pastures, native bush and the ocean—what a trifecta. Cuddle up in the loft bedroom or cosy living room in the winter months, or lounge about on the large deck, with breathtaking views, a bathtub and a barbecue. Get the walking shoes on for a four-kilometre wander down to the breathtaking beauty of Whale Bay.

A small cabin Airbnb on a cliff above a New Zealand black sand beach

The Nest

Pihama, Taranaki | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

If there's a more breathtaking Airbnb location in the world... we don't want to know about it. The Nest is an off-grid sanctuary perched on a cliff overlooking the Tasman Sea, with incredible views, an outdoor bath for taking it all in, and modern interiors that let the unparalleled location remain the main event. Explore the surrounding coves and inlets, forage and feast by fire on the beach, or spend all day taking it in from your perch.A wood-panelled cabin interior with rustic decor

Akatea Hill

Raglan, Waikato | 5 Guests | 3 Beds

Swathed in native bush from all angles, the handcrafted Akatea Hill cabin has views of the rolling farmland and a peep of Mt. Karioi, with plenty of tui, piwakawaka, and kereru visitors to keep you entertained. This tranquil getaway has big fairy cabin vibes with its wood panelling, rustic and hand-made finishings, and plenty of cosy spots to soak in the magic of the forest.

A small cabin on a lush hillside

Koa Cabin

Hahei, Waikato | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

Chill out on the Hahei hillside at the Koa Cabin, which offers easy access to the best of the Coromandel while being super private and quiet. The lovely indoor/outdoor design of the cabin is completed with sea views from every room and a relaxing outdoor bathtub on the semi-enclosed patio, and while you're surrounded by peaceful nature, you're also super close to the iconic seaside town.

The Best Airbnbs In NZ: The South Island

A modern architectural cabin on farmland at the base of a mountainKererū Retreat

Pudding Hill, Canterbury | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

The handcrafted Kererū Retreat is surrounded by native trees on a gorgeous working farm just an hour from Christchurch. Even though relaxation is the main goal, there's loads to do in the area including bushwalks in the Te Awa Awa Rata Reserve, the Mt Hutt Bike Park and Mt Hutt Ski Area only 2 kilometres away, and the Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa down the road in Methven. The off-grid cabin runs off solar and has a wood-burning fire for keeping cosy, and an elevated queen bed that you'll want to laze the day away from.

A contemporary New Zealand Airbnb under the Milky Way by night

Skylark Cabin

Twizel, Canterbury | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

If you're journeying between Christchurch and Queenstown, this show-stopping architectural cabin is a must-visit for a night or two. One of the best Airbnbs in NZ and nestled in the backcountry of Ben Ohau, Skylark Cabin is surrounded by mountain ranges, and offers a luxury stay to experience the rugged beauty of the area. Borrow the bikes to explore the area, soak in the outdoor tub under the stars, or get cosy by the log fire.

A large bathtub looking out to a Japanese-style garden

The Kite

Marahau, Tasman | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

Step into paradise at this modern sanctuary on a 25-acre working farm with incredible views of the Abel Tasman. The perfect blend of comfort, luxury and nature, The Kite has direct access to the Marahau River and Valley, and is a 20-minute drive to Kaiteriteri Beach. At least ten per cent of your booking fee goes to charities that focus on arts, community and sustainability, and you'll even be greeted with a welcome basket of local goodies.

A two-storey, wood-panelled home looking out to a bay

The Kakanui Cube

Kakanui, Otago | 4 Guests | 3 Beds

Right across the road from the ocean, The Cube is the perfect base to relax while enjoying the views and nearby Campbell's Day and All Day Bay. Oamaru is ten or 12 minutes away, with great restaurants, cafes, and a farmers market on Sundays.

A large verandah overlooking the lake and mountains in Queenstown. One of the best airbnbs in NZ.

Sunny Cottage With Water Views

Queenstown, Otago | 4 Guests | 2 Beds

A perfect spot to stay in Queenstown all year round, Sunny Cottage With Water Views is all about soaking in the natural beauty of the lake and mountains. While summertime will see you spending all day out on the deck soaking up the sun, winter lets you snuggle up inside with a local pinot after hitting the slopes nearby. You can walk a few minutes to the beach for a swim, or walk along the waterfront trail for less than 10 minutes to the restaurants, spa and bars at the Hilton.

A modern home with a hot tub and bean bags on the lawn

Lake Hayes Suite

Lake Hayes, Otago | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

This luxe spot is the quintessential Otago stay, with views of Lake Hayes, the mountains and Amisfield vineyard. Rug up by the fireplace at your Lake Hayes Suite, chill out in the hot tub, and duck in to the outstanding restaurants in nearby Arrowtown and Queenstown for some indulgence. Prepare your Insta for this one—it's seriously stunning.

A vintage bathtub in an Airbnb cabin looking out to the ocean

Woodpecker Bay Bach

Punakaiki, West Coast | 2 Guests | 2 Beds

It doesn't get more scenic than the Woodpecker Bay Bach which, quite literally, is on the ocean's edge. Kick back in the retro bathtub to the sound of the waves crashing outside, read by the fireplace, and prepare to peep locals including seals and penguins. This is your spot if you're really wanting to feel like you're on the edge of the world.

A hot tub and garden setting with views of mountains and a lake

Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat

Lake Tekapo, Canterbury | 2 Guests | 1 Bed

With wide open views of the Milky Way (best caught from the outdoor bath), a king bed complete with a lake and mountain outlook and a sizable fireplace for getting cosy, Stargazer's Luxury Retreat is basically the ideal romantic getaway. There's a full kitchen so you could stay in the whole time, or you're just a few minutes' stroll from the local cafes and attractions.

Want more Insta-worthy stays? Check out the best tiny homes in Aotearoa here.

Image credit: Stephen Goodenough, Airbnb.

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