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10 Of The Best Airbnbs With Hot Tubs And Outdoor Baths In NZ

By Lauren Sanderson

As the temperature drops and we find winter upon us in New Zealand, it gives us a great opportunity to indulge in one of our fave things ever—soaking in a hot bath. And if we can do this under the stars, then more's the better! 

Whether you're keen to explore the North or South island, unwind, recoup and soak up the luxury at the best Airbnbs in NZ with hot tubs and outdoor baths—if that hasn't got you packing your bags, we don't know what will.

The Best Airbnbs With Hot Tubs And Outdoor Baths In The North Island

Boutique Country Retreat With Outdoor Bath 

Hamilton 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

A stunning garden lit by fairy lights and tiki torches in the garden, with an outdoor bath with running hot water. No wonder this is one of the best Airbnbs in NZ with an outdoor bath.

Just outside Hamilton, you'll find the charming Boutique Country Retreat. The chalet is nestled amongst native bush where you'll be able to enjoy a peaceful stay with a delightful side of birdsong. Take a beautiful soak in the tub with hot running water in your own private garden lit by twinkling fairy lights and tiki torches. You'll feel close enough to the hustle and bustle of town but world's away once you step into your hideout so what are you waiting for? RSVP to the ultimate weekend of relaxation now.

Luxurious Beachfront Sun Trap In The Clouds

Pukehina, Bay Of Plenty 8 Guests | 4 Bedrooms

A stunning view from the deck shows blue surf with chairs and comfy sitting areas.

If it's next-level views you’re after then the Bay of Plenty is home to some of the best spots around. Round up the crew and check into this luxurious beachfront sun trap, which offers stunning 180-degree views of Pukehina Beach from its lofty perch and basks in glorious sunshine all day long. Spend the day splashing around in the surf and return for a well-earned soak in the delightful hot tub that sits right on the deck. Keep an eye out for the resident cat Max, who may come and say hello. Not only will you get views for days, but the house also has everything you might possibly need, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Go on, treat yo’self, after all, you deserve it.

The Yurt Wai Rua

Ruatangata West, Northland 2 Guests | 1 Bedroom

An idyllic outside tub smoking away, this is one of the best airbnbs with hot tubs in New Zealand.

If you like to think of yourself as a bit of a professional relaxer then boy have we got a treat for you. The Yurt Wai Rua is the ultimate off-the-grid break set amongst picturesque farmland and pristine native bush. If it’s peace and quiet you’re after then look no further... in fact, your only neighbours are farm animals—ducks, native birds, cows galore and even a very friendly pig called Frankie. You can’t get more off the map than that. Come morning take in the tranquil lake views and by night soak in the 'Gram-worthy wood-fired hot tub. Other perks include freshly made bread, eggs and bacon for you to enjoy and a wood burn fire— yep, you read that right, they have a wood fire in the yurt to keep you warm and cosy all night long. Sounds dreamy, right?

The Syrah Shack

Okiato, Bay of Islands 2 Guests | 1 BedroomA bed in a well appointed and warm looking room.

If you’re looking for an off-the-grid vacay, then we know just the spot. Escape the city and head to the Bay of Islands for a weekend of glamorous glamping. Hidden inside native bush and nestled behind syrah vines is The Syrah Shack—an eco-retreat that will simply sweep you off your feet. Just a 10-minute drive outside the stunning historic town of Russell, you’ll have a vineyard, cellar door and eatery just 1km from your front door, but something tells us you’ll want to stay in for the night. Kick back on the super king bed, cook up a storm in the outdoor style kitchen and don’t forget to pack your bath bomb for the ultimate soak in the outdoor oak barrelled bath for two. We don't know about you, but we’re packed and ready to go. 

Akatea Hill

Raglan, Waikato 5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms

The outdoor space of a secluded accommodation shows a bath in the background.

Looking for something pretty spesh? Well, look no further—round up the crew and prepare for a weekend getaway in Raglan at Akatea Hill, where you can connect with nature in your very own secluded cabin surrounded by native bush and don’t get us started on the stunning views. Unwind with vino in one hand and a book in the other and recharge in complete privacy—with only the native birds to keep you company, you’re guaranteed not to be disturbed. Oh and no relaxing sesh is complete without a soak in a hot bath under the stars. Absolute bliss!

The Best Airbnbs With Hot Tubs And Outdoor Baths In The South Island

Birch Haven

Queenstown, Otago 6 Guests 3 BedroomsA hot tub in the foreground with a stunning Queenstown backdrop in the background.

If you’re heading to the mountains this winter then you’re going to want to stay at Birch Haven, a little slice of paradise that is guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your stay. If you’re a bit of a pro skier or snowboarder then the best thing after hitting the slopes is having a well-deserved soak in the hot tub. Crank up the spa setting and pop a bottle of bubbly all while taking in the epic views of Lake Wakitipu and The Remarkables in Queenstown. Can life get much better than this? We think not.

The Kite

Marahau, Abel Tasman 2 Guests | 1 BedroomA person relaxes in an outside bath under the stars.

It’s no secret that the Abel Tasman is a piece of paradise and that we’re all dying to go there right now. If you’re the lucky one heading to this wonderland, you’re going to want somewhere equally as stunning to rest your head. Check out The Kite—a laid-back luxury villa that’s practically right beside the Abel Tasman National Park. So, get your exploring hat on and head into the wilderness for a day of adventure. After a day in the outdoors head back and immerse yourself in the outdoor tub while gazing up at the Southern Hemisphere's stunning night sky. That’s not the only gem, as well as farm animals, free bikes, a welcome basket filled with local nibbles and beverages, they also do their bit for charity as they’re part of the Stay For Good Programme, which means ten per cent of profits will be donated to charities in New Zealand and across the globe that focus on arts, community, and sustainability. Winning! 

Alpine Cubes NZ

Ben Ohau, Canterbury 6 Guests | 2 BedroomsA house seen outside under a starry sky.

If you're planning a trip to the deep south anytime soon then we suggest getting your cosy on because it’s going to be chilly as. There is no better place to get all snug than at the Alpine Cubes —a wee cabin that is home to the best stargazing in the world, an ever-changing skyline, fresh air and water straight from the mountains. Damn, doesn’t that make you feel alive? There’s even a wood-fired hot-tub to heat things up and the chances you’ll see a shooting star are second to none. This 50m2 cabin can sleep up to six people, so round up the troops and make this a holiday to remember and don’t let the extreme alpine weather conditions stop you. 

The Lookout

Wanaka, South Island 3 Guests | 1 BedroomBoutique mountain hideaway shows a bath on the lawn.

If like us, you love being amongst the mountains then we’ve found your next vacay. Book your flights to Wanaka and set up shop at this boutique mountain hideaway. The Lookout is a super cool open-plan chalet that’s out of this world, with 'Gram-worthy views of the lake and mountains at your doorstep and a double outdoor bath to get lost in—what more could you ask for? While you’re at it, check out how to spend 72 hours in Wanaka

Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat

Lake Tekapo, Canterbury 2 Guests | 1 BedroomA hot tub looks over an amazing view.

We think it’s fair to say that New Zealand is the ultimate stargazing destination, so if you haven’t yet taken advantage of its clear night skies and no light pollution then we think it’s about time you do. How about from the comfort of a wood-fired hot tub? If this sounds like a bit of you then head to Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat in Lake Tekapo, where the stars shine bright way into the night. The lake is right on your front doorstep as well as the famous attraction Church of the Good Shepherd—while we know a whole weekend of hot tubbing sounds epic, be sure to explore the beauty of Lake Tekapo. 

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