Local Escapes

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 'mans 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, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown 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 

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.Paradise by the Sea

Mairangi Bay

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? 

Grand Grey Lynn Villa

Grey Lynn

If you’re after something more central then this sophisticated Grey Lynn villa will certainly do the trick. Explore the neighbourhood with your pooch by day and then by night soak in the bath and get your cosy on in the lush lounge area or for those warmer nights you can relax on the balcony with your fave tipple in hand. Dreamy. 

The Palm Beach Treehouse

Waiheke Island

A 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. 

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation Near Tauranga

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


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.

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Rotorua

A chair and table looks out across stunning green countryside to the sea.Stunning Country Estate


If it’s serene views you’re after then pack your bags and check into this stunning country estate in Rotorua, which offers epic 180-degree lake views. Not only do they serve views for days, but they also have everything you need for the ultimate weekend of relaxation. We’re talking about a hot springs spa and a log fire to keep you nice and toasty. 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.

Mansion Moncur


Take 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.

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Taupo

The stunning interior of the Treetop hideaway in central Taupo.Treetop Hideaway

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. 

Amazing Lake Views

Acacia Bay

This sleek light-filled bach based in Acacia Bay is home to stunning views of Lake Taupo, a wood-burn fire for those colder nights and a deck that’s simply to die for. Small dogs are welcome to join in the fun too, so treat your pup to a life of luxury for the weekend. They’ll woof you forever.

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Wellington 

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

Lower Hutt 

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

You just can't beat Wellington on a beautiful day, so pack your things and head there on a little vacay this summer. 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.  

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Christchurch

A lovely deck seen during the day surrounded by greenery with a stately villa in the background.Eco Villa

Christchurch City Centre

If you think comfort is key then book your stay at this cosy eco villa located in the heart of Christchurch. This boutique accommodation is pretty spesh as it’s made from eco-friendly building materials. If you hadn’t guessed it, pets are allowed, so explore the edible garden with your doggo, where you can pick fresh produce to spice up your dinner. Oh, and we can’t forget about the outdoor bath—get your relaxation on with a soak in a hot bath under the stars, absolute bliss!

Pet-friendly Central Hideaway

Christchurch City Centre

This 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. 

Boutique Farm Cottage


If city life isn’t for you and you’re after something a little more off-grid, then this boutique farm cottage will certainly suffice. Set amongst 10-acres of 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, wine in hand, of course.  

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Queenstown

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

Central Queenstown 

It’s no secret that Queenstown is a piece of paradise. 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 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.

Beautiful French Style Cottage


If you’re planning on taking a trip to the glorious south island, then you’re going to want to stay at this beautiful French-style cottage, a little slice of paradise that is guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your stay. Unwind in the outdoor bath for two and take in the 360-degree views of pristine mountains and vineyards. Dry off by the outdoor fire while sipping on some local wine. Can life get much better than this? We think not.

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Image credit: Bookabach, Airbnb.

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