Pets & Travel

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In New Zealand

By Lauren Sanderson
16th Nov 2021

A lovely expansive deck looks out across a pool at dusk in one of the best pet friendly accommodation in NZ.

Let's face it our furry friends are like family to us, after all, they're not called 'man's best friend' for nothing. So it pains us to have to leave them at home or with others while we jet off on vacay.

It's high time our four-legged friends got to enjoy our weekend escapes too, so we've rounded up the best pet-friendly accommodation in Auckland, TaurangaRotorua, Taupo, Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Nelson so no matter where you live in New Zealand, there'll be somewhere paw-fect within a drive's distance.  

Read on for the best pet-friendly accommodation in NZ. 

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Auckland 

Paradise By The Sea

Mairangi Bay

A hot pool and pool next to a lighted abode at dusk with palm trees in the background, one of the best pet-friendly accommodations in NZ.Round up the crew and treat yourselves to an epic stay at this luxury spot by the sea. Located right by Auckland’s stunning Mairangi Bay this gorgeous villa has got your name written all over it. With a solar-heated pool, luxury spa, epic sea views and plenty of room for your furry friends—what more could you ask for? 

Eco-Friendly Tiny House

Point Chevalier

Eco-friendly tiny house in Point Chevelier, Auckland

If you’re after somewhere cosy to rest your head, then book yourself a night or two at this cute eco and pet-friendly tiny house in Auckland’s stunning, Point Chev. With the beach right on your doorstep, take your pooch for a stroll by day and then relax on the outdoor sofa, listening to the sound of the waves crashing, with your fave tipple in hand and your pup by your side. Dreamy.

Godden Cottage

Mission Bay

Stairway leading to Godden Cottage in Mission Bay

If it’s a beach vacay you’re after then pack your bags and check into this stunning cottage in Mission Bay, which is home to a private balcony, a swimming pool, and even a putting green for the keen golfers. With the white sandy beaches of  Mission Bay and Kohimarama on your doorstep, it’s the paw-fect place to explore with your furry friend. Go on, treat yo’self and your bestie (and by that we mean your pet) to this slice of paradise, after all, you deserve it.

The Palm Beach Treehouse

Waiheke Island

Open plan kitchen at palm beach treehouse on Waiheke Island with panoramic viewsA hot tub and fireplace, need we say more? This stunning Palm Beach Treehouse on Waiheke Island will answer all your holiday home dreams. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just relax then this is the place for you. They even provide a car for you to explore your beautiful surroundings. Our bags are already packed. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation Near Tauranga

Villa Casa Maria


Villa Casa Maria showing an outdoor Tuscan vibe with wooden beams, chairs and an abundance of flowers.

If it's a truly tranquil getaway the doctor ordered, then we know just the place. Feast your eyes on Villa Casa Maria, a luxurious riverside retreat that will transport you and your pooch to the hillsides of Tuscany, Italy. This charming hand-crafted mudbrick farmhouse is surrounded by seven acres of lush farmland. Kick back in the hammocks and soak up the peace and quiet, with the only sounds being the river flowing and the local birds chirping.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Rotorua

Mansion Moncur


Large gated pool on the deck of the houseTake your vacay to the next level by booking a spot at Mansion Moncur—a beautifully renovated four-bedroom home that has everything you need for the ultimate getaway. Curl up on the sofa with your fur friends and catch up on that book you've been meaning to read or take a dip in the pool and soak up the sun, before dining alfresco. Grab a tipple from the bar (yes, that’s right the bar) and challenge your pals to a game of pool or two in the billiard room.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Taupo

Treetop Hideaway

Central Taupo

The stunning interior of the Treetop hideaway in central Taupo.

Unleash your inner Tarzan and Jane at this picturesque treetop hideaway. Picture this—a vintage bach with wooden barrel-shaped ceilings and 'Gram-worthy views across the Waikato River, sounds lush, right? Switch off from everyday life and unwind in this heavenly oasis. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Waikato

Lone Oak Cabin


A huge cabin in the woods with outdoor bath If you think comfort is key then book your stay at this cosy cabin located in Waikato. This boutique accommodation is pretty spesh as it’s made from locally sourced wood and is completely solar-powered. If you hadn’t guessed, pets are allowed, so explore the grounds with your well-behaved doggo or get snug by the outdoor fire pit. Oh, and we can’t forget about the outdoor bath overlooking the Te Waihou river—get your relaxation on with a soak in a hot bath under the stars, absolute bliss! Unwind and reconnect with nature, while the river lulls you to sleep.

Harewood Grange


Queen size bed with blanket, pillows and decorative ladder If you're looking for some peace and quiet, then escape the hustle and bustle of city life and book a night or two at this boutique pet-friendly accommodation. This converted barn is pretty spesh as it was created from recycled and preloved materials and is nestled on an 18-acre block surrounded by farmland. Dogs and horses are welcome, so kick back in the hammock with your furry friend and watch the sunset over Mount Karioi. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Hawke's Bay

Sustainable Tuki Tuki Tiny Home


Large farm house with outdoor bath Need to unwind, stat? We know just the place. This sustainable tiny home in Hawke's Bay is the perfect hideaway to push reset. Set amongst picturesque farmland, this serene escape is the ultimate relaxation spot. There’s even a variety of farm animals to keep your pooch company while you bask in the sunshine on the deck or relax in the outdoor cast iron bathtub. Take a morning stroll to see the sunrise and replenish with a cooked brekkie made with fresh eggs and herbs from the farm. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Wellington 

Cosy Caravan Amongst The Trees 

Lower Hutt 

A view out onto dense bush from the cosy caravan amongst the trees, one of NZ's best pet-friendly accommodation.

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then book a spot at this cosy retro caravan that's set within six acres of farmland in Wellington's Lower Hutt. Owned by local beekeepers, you'll be treated to fresh honey and eggs in the mornings and will even get a chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Make friends with Frank and Joe the Alpacas and get acquainted with the sheep and chickens. So, if you're after a little farm stay vacay book your spot pronto. 

Tree House Above Wellington Harbour 

Lower Hutt

A sunny room looks out over Wellington Harbour, definitely one of the best pet friendly accommodation options in new zealand.You just can't beat Wellington on a beautiful day, so why not pack your things and head there on a little vacay? If you're looking for somewhere to bask in the sun all day long then we know just the place, this cute treehouse is the ultimate place to stay. Take in the views of Wellington Harbour and don't forget to make use of the free bikes provided.  

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Christchurch

Pet-friendly Central Hideaway

Christchurch City Centre

Sofa with cushions in the living room of apartment in ChristchurchThis pet-friendly accommodation is an epic spot if you’re looking for a city break. Spend your days exploring the second-largest city in NZ—roam the botanical gardens, visit the Canterbury Museum, relax by the Avon River and don’t forget to check out the tasty eateries and bars. You won’t regret your stay at this central hideaway as it’s the perfect base for an adventurous weekend in the big smoke. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Queenstown

Highview Haven

Central Queenstown 

A couple of seats and glasses of wine look out upon an absolutely stunning mountain vista.

It’s no secret that Queenstown is a piece of paradise. If you’re the lucky one heading to this wonderland, you will want somewhere equally as stunning to rest your head. Check out this Highview Haven—this ain’t no ordinary accommodation no siree! It’s up there with the best as it offers contemporary furniture, a spa pool to soak up all your worries and large windows that ensure the views out to the mountain ranges are uninterrupted and of course, pets are welcome. Ahhh bliss.

Viscount Haven

Central Queenstown

Living room with large sofa, wood fire and panoramic views of QueenstownIf you’re planning on taking a trip to the glorious south island, then you’re going to want to stay at this beautiful chalet, a little slice of paradise that is guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your stay. With stunning views from every angle, make sure you spend time relaxing in the lounge or open-plan kitchen and take in the view of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Cecil Peak. Unwind in the custom-made wooden bath while sipping on some local wine and get nice and toasty by the wood burn fire afterwards. Can life get much better than this? We think not.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Nelson 

Kikorangi Retreat

Delaware Bay

Outdoor table and chairs on deck with stunning views of the sea in NelsonUnwind, recoup and soak up the luxury at this sunny beach house in Delaware Bay, Nelson. Prepare to be mesmerised by the idyllic setting, with stunning estuary views and native bush. Alongside serene views, the retreat has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Think fresh veggies and fruit from the garden and even some eggs from the chooks for your brekkie. Come morning take in the tranquil views and by night soak in the hot tub. So, what are you waiting for? RSVP to the ultimate weekend of relaxation now.

Tui's Secret

Abel Tasman

The treehouse in Abel Tasman looks out over the Tasman BayIf you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Abel Tasman,  you will want somewhere pretty spesh to catch some z's. Check out Tui's Secret—a laid-back bush hideaway with a bird's eye view over Tasman Bay. This unique nature retreat is home to lots of animals, think dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, sheep, deer, goats... the list goes on, so your doggo won't feel lonely. It's also home to a huge outdoor bath, that's heated with fire and a coil oven, which means it stays hot for longer. Winning. So, after a day in the outdoors head back and immerse yourself in the tub while gazing up at the Southern Hemisphere's stunning night sky. 

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