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The Best Airbnbs In Wellington For An Unforgettable Capital Vacay In 2023

By Abby Porter
8th May 2023

A peek from the balcony into the living area of the Harbour View Home shows off a marble countertop, stylish seating, and incredible sea views. Definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Wellington.

Brimming with vibrance, creativity, and some of the best coffee you'll find in the country, you'll never have a dull moment when visiting our nation's capital. As anyone who's spent time discovering the city's hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems knows, exploring Wellington is something you need to be well-rested for.

Whether your ideal holiday abode is in the CBD, Oriental BayLyall Bay, Island Bay (including Brooklyn), Thorndon, Kelburn, Mount VictoriaAro Valley or further afield like Seatoun, Petone and Porirua, Wellington boasts an excellent selection of Airbnb stays that'll take your visit (and your Instagram) to the next level. 

No matter if you're after a spot in or just outside the city, here are the best Airbnbs in Wellington.

The Best Airbnbs In Wellington CBD

Central City Character Loft

Wellington CBD 2 Guests | 1 BedThe lounge of the CBD Character Loft featuring vintage leather furniture and a funky patterned rug. One of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

Get ready to fall in love— this Central City Character Loft is the artsy character abode you’ve been dreaming of. Impeccably decorated, the spacious loft’s warm wooden furnishings and funky decor are as charming as the city it stands in. And have you seen that kitchen island? We wouldn’t be surprised if you decide to book in for a few extra nights last minute.

The Swan Penthouse

Wellington CBD 4 Guests | 2 BedsThe Swan Penthouse is seen from the street, looking imposing and desirable.

If you’re longing for a taste of luxury, The Swan Penthouse has you in for a treat. There’s a wide, spacious terrace with sweeping views of the city—perfect for kicking back with a drink at golden hour—a sleek modern kitchen, and a sun-soaked living area styled with sophisticated flair. Oh, and you’re staying right above all the glorious eats and sights of Cuba Street. A+ holiday, coming right up.

The Cube Bed And Breakfast

Wellington CBD 2 Guests | 1 BedA cute as a button kitchen with pastel pinks and whites gives on to a gorgeous bathroom, one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

If fun and functional is your vibe, The Cube Bed and Breakfast might just be your perfect match. A chic studio apartment decked out in warm neutrals, this one is the ideal combination of comfortable modern amenities and no-fuss accommodation that sits right amidst all the hustle and bustle. Plus, we all know what a bonus it is to be close enough to walk home—no Ubers required.

Pinnacle On Victoria

Wellington CBD 2 Guests | 1 BedThe large lounge of the Pinnacle apartment is lined by a floor-to-ceiling window with sweeping city views.

Talk about views! At the stunning Pinnacle on Victoria, you’ll wake up to Wellington’s glistening cityscape and houses dotted over the hills. Whether you’re enjoying a morning coffee on the balcony or the kitchen table beside the floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll be able to savour an unforgettable stylish experience right in the heart of the city. Hell to the yes.

The Best Airbnbs In Oriental Bay

Crescent Studio

Oriental Bay 2 Guests | 1 BedOne of the best Airbnbs in Wellington, the expansive balcony at Crescent Studio boasts an outdoor dining set up and sweeping ocean views.

It’ll be love at first sight when you’re greeted with the seaside views and sunshine of Crescent Studio’s spacious balcony. The dreamy, private studio is in a prime Oriental Bay location, and it’s kitted out with a modern bathroom and a well-stocked kitchenette. It even boasts a barbeque on the balcony, which is pretty much the ideal all-season setup, if you ask us.

Waterfront Apartment

Oriental Bay 2 Guests | 1 BedA couple of cosy chairs look out onto the sea from one of the best airbnbs in wellington.

Those looking to incorporate a seaside feel into their inner-city stay (and really, who isn’t?) will find love at this Waterfront Apartment in Oriental Bay. Despite being only a short stroll from the CBD, the luxe studio apartment sits right on the waterfront, providing you with some peace and scenic views as you unwind from a busy day of exploring the capital.

180-Degree View Home

Oriental Bay 4 Guests | 2 BedsThe stunning harbour views at the 180 Degree View Home shine through the lounge balcony window.

What’s better than a walk along the sparkling waterfront on your way to a café brunch? At the 180-Degree View Home, you’ll experience the perfect mixture between Wellington’s stunning seaside and the bustling excitement of the city. Even indoors you’ll be basking in the city’s beauty as this stay boasts uninterrupted, sweeping views across the harbour.

The Best Airbnbs In Lyall Bay

The Keep

Lyall Bay 2 Guests | 1 BedThe exterior of The Keep shows a tall stone house reminiscent of a castle.

Staying at The Keep in Lyall Bay feels a little like an adventure back in time—for one, it looks like an actual, stone-clad castle turret. Intrigued, yet? With rustic interiors of natural timber, gorgeous ocean views, and a hot spa bath, it’s a truly magical setting that will take your next romantic weekend away to the next level. No wonder this is one of the best Airbnbs in Wellington.

Stunning Sea View Apartment

Lyall Bay 2 Guests | 3 BedsA room looks out onto the sea at this stunning seaview apartment which is one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

The sleek, neutral-toned interiors of this Sea View Apartment are enough to make any minimalist swoon. Airy and open plan, the apartment catches the sun and overlooks the Cook Strait, giving you all the vibes of a beachy vacation despite being only a short drive from the city. Relax by one of the (many) wide windows and enjoy the seriously stunning views out across the sea.

The Best Airbnbs In Island Bay

Studio Seventy Four

Brooklyn 4 Guests | 2 Beds

The beautiful lounge space outlooking the deck with the view of Wellington city in the backgroundPerched on a ridgeline, this private studio provides beautiful 360-degree views of the whole capital, so you can really take it all in. With a private outdoor hot bathtub overlooking the city, thoughtful architectural designs, and shelves of creative books and magazines, it is really an artist's dream. Sounds like the Welly retreat you need…

Hygge Hus: A South Coast Retreat

Island Bay 6 guests | 3 Beds

Warm wooden interiors of Hygge Hus retreat, with high ceilings, a fireplace, unique artworks and a large balcony overlooking the ocean.Needless to say that Hygge Hus is the ultimate South Coast retreat for you and your crew. Sweep into blissful relaxation at this Scandinavian-inspired haven, with breathtaking ocean views, a luxurious master bedroom and even a wellness zone. Access to the house is up a long flight of about 100 steps, but trust us, the hike is worth it.

Little White Beach Cabin

Island Bay 2 Guests | 1 BedThe exterior of Little White Beach Cabin shows a lovely wooden villa, and is one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

Cute and cosy, the Little White Beach Cabin is only a minute from the sandy beach of Island Bay. This beachside stay is a little further from the city (but still only a 15-minute drive) so it’s perfect if you’re hoping for a trip to the capital that’s a bit less hustle and bustle and a bit more beachfront bliss.

The Lighthouse

Island Bay 2 Guests | 1 BedA lighthouse looks out over the sea, one of the more unusual airbnbs for rent in the capital city.

Love the romantic scenery of a lighthouse? At The Lighthouse in Island Bay, you’ll be immersed in the magic of the seaside with the entire place to yourself. With classic, beachy furnishings and picturesque views over the bay, you’ll feel miles away from the stresses of everyday life. We can’t think of a dreamier way to finish up a busy day exploring the city than relaxing with these unmatched ocean views.

The Best Airbnbs In Thorndon

Heritage Listed Villa

Thorndon 3 Guests | 2 BedsA lovely blue and white interior of a room with distinct Victorian-era vibes.

Styled with taste and sophistication, this Heritage Listed Villa will add a touch of fancy flair to your next Wellington stay. This lovely character villa is just a stroll away from the sights of Thorndon—think the Beehive, the stadium, and the shimmering waterfront. Combine a relaxing soak in the gorgeous standing tub with a night’s rest in the villa’s lush queen bed and you’ll be prepared to explore the city streets.

Premium City Apartment

Thorndon 4 Guests | 2 BedsOne of the best airbnbs in Wellington, this image is a view of of the inviting king beds at the Premium City Apartment in Thorndon.

This Premium City Apartment in Thorndon boasts modern amenities in a stunning spot right above the city. Warm, modern furnishings welcome you while plush beds (kings, we might add) and comfy couches promise rest and relaxation to start and end your days in Wellington. Surprisingly spacious for an inner-city dwelling, this stay is a haven sitting right in the middle of the action.

Stunning Harbour Views In The Heart Of The City

Thorndon 7 Guests | 4 BedsThe view from the loft style apartment in Thorndon.

This loft-style apartment with Stunning Harbour Views has the ultimate home away from home—but better—feel. Located in the CBD whilst showcasing 180-degree views over the harbour, the magic of Wellington shines at this stay. Perfect for larger groups, the loft sleeps seven and has a lovely, open-plan dining space to bring everyone together. 

The Best Airbnb In Kelburn

Gorgeous Lavender Apartment

Kelburn 4 Guests | 3 BedsA glimpse of the romantic, lavender-lined French doors at the Kelburn Lavender Apartment, one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

A cosy, character dream, the Gorgeous Lavender Apartment in Kelburn is one of the best Airbnbs in Wellington and also the peaceful abode you’ve been looking for. Nestled in Wellington’s quiet Kelburn—the perfect location if visiting Victoria University is on the cards—this apartment offers private space with an adorable patio and even a complimentary breakfast. Yes, please!

The Best Airbnbs In Mount Victoria

Eco Art Deco In The City

Mount Victoria 2 Guests | 1 BedSkillfully decorated, the living room at Eco Art Deco in the City boasts a comfy couch and a welcoming vibe

If funky, colourful, expertly curated decor is up your alley, Eco Art Deco in the City will be love at first sight. Offering a private room and welcome access to the living area, this gorgeous central apartment will add more than a touch of charm to your Wellington visit. Sitting right amongst some of the capital’s best shops and thoughtfully decked out with completely eco-friendly amenities, this stay is something truly special.

Mount Victoria Studio

Mount Victoria 2 Guests | 1 BedThe lush bedroom at the Mount Victoria Studio is decked out in stylish, monochromatic decor.

If you’re searching for something on the quiet and secluded side, this brand-new Mount Victoria Studio is the perfect oasis that your holiday needs. Minimalistic and cosy, the gorgeous studio sits in one of the sought-after neighbourhood’s heritage streets where you’ll feel at peace despite being only a short stroll away from the city centre.

Stylish 19th-Century Cottage

Mount Victoria 2 Guests | 1 BedThe living space at the renovated 19th-Century Cottage is airy and open with an adjoining outdoor area

Hey there, best of both worlds. The character exterior of the gorgeous 19th-Century Cottage is coupled with completely modern and undeniably stylish renovations on the inside. Sip a glass of wine on the leafy patio or enjoy a break from reality by indulging in a little complimentary Netflix. With all the amenities you’ll need set amongst vibrant décor, the Mount Vic cottage will have your heart in no time.

Inner City Luxury

Mount Victoria 6 Guests | 3 BedsA shot of the stunning, glass exterior to the living area at this stay in Mount Victoria.

Spacious and sophisticated, this renovated 1980s home in Mount Victoria is a real inner-city treat. One look at the floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the dining space and you’ll be ready to stay forever—the open-plan setup and adjacent courtyard are the stuff of dinner party dreams. If you manage to pull yourself away from the sun-soaked window seat, you’ll find all of the city’s happenings only a short walk away. 

The Best Airbnbs In Aro Valley

Canvas Apartment

Aro Valley 2 Guests | 1 BedThe living area in the Canvas Apartment leads to a light-filled, private courtyard and is one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

Just steps away from the excitement of Cuba Street, the Canvas Apartment matches practicality with funky style. The dual-level, loft-style apartment comes decked out with all the space and amenities you’ll need for a fabulous stay in the capital—including the luxury of a private courtyard for a cheeky alfresco brekkie.

Aro Retreat

Aro Valley 4 Guests | 2 BedsThe living room at the Aro Retreat is spacious and sun-soaked, decorated with warm furnishings and comfy couches

The airy, spacious feel of the Aro Retreat is the perfect match for your relaxing visit to the capital. Situated on the top floor of a character villa, the charming apartment offers plenty of space to unwind after a big day in the city. Don’t forget to explore the quirky suburb of Aro Valley, which is just minutes from the CBD and home to some all-star Wellington institutions (see: the Garage Project Taproom and Rita).

The Best Airbnbs Around Seatoun, Petone and Porirua


Seatoun 6 Guests | 3 BedsA shot of the gorgeous, open living and dining area at the Beachstay in Seatoun, including its sweeping ocean views, and this is definitely one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.

With majestic sea views, a spacious open plan, and an out-of-this-world balcony, the Seatoun Beachstay can only be described as living the Wellington dream. Only a 15-minute drive into the CBD, you’ll feel like you’re in an island paradise by the time you’ve returned here at the end of the day. You’ll be gazing out at the ocean from pretty much every room in the house. Can we move in forever?

Harbour View Home

Seatoun 4 Guests | 2 BedsA peek from the balcony into the living area of the Harbour View Home shows off a marble countertop, stylish seating, and incredible sea views

If a trip into luxury is the kind of holiday you’re looking for, this Harbour View Home will have you feeling like a million bucks. Elegant, modern furnishings (hello, gorgeous marble countertop) meet azure ocean views at this stay, plus all the means to enjoy them. Reclining on the balcony with a cold drink in hand, you’ll be mesmerised by the expansive view of the sparkling coastline. We wouldn’t blame you if you spend your whole vacation at home—we would too! Absolutely one of the best Airbnbs in Wellington.

Relaxing Seaside Haven

Seatoun 5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms

A view of the sunny outdoor area at the Seaside Haven featuring a picnic table and outdoor bath, and is one of the best airbnbs in Wellington.
For something a little further away from the action, this Relaxing Seaside Haven in Seatoun offers peace and quiet at a stunning seaside location. Well-equipped with a stocked kitchen, spacious deck, and a hot outdoor bath (hello!) this stay is an ideal way to mix the beach and the concrete jungle on your holiday to Wellington.

Heritage Listed Cottage

Petone 5 Guests | 3 BedsThe view of the private outdoor dining area at the Heritage Listed Cottage in Petone, lined with greenery and perfect for entertaining.

One of the most adorable stays on this list, the Heritage Listed Cottage is simply gorgeous inside and out. Cleverly decorated with inviting pops of colour and renovated with modern amenities, the cottage feels welcoming and warm in the best way. Location-wise, Petone street has the vibrant Jackson Street at one end and the beach at the other. Basically, further afield doesn’t get much better than this!

Luxury Suite

Porirua 2 Guests | 1 BedThe gorgeous outdoor space at the luxury suite in Porirua.

Waking up to stunning views of where the hills meet the sea, you’ll be immersed in Wellington’s beauty at this Luxury Suite outside the city in Porirua. Within distance to the local beach (and some fan-favourite fish and chip shops), this sleek suite has everything you need to incorporate a touch more seaside serenity into your visit to the capital.
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