Pets & Travel

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In New Zealand

By Lauren Sanderson
1st Nov 2023

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 leave them at home or with others while we go on vacay around Aotearoa New Zealand.

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, Nelson, 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 

Paradise By The Sea

Mairangi Bay, 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.Image credit: Paradise By The Sea / Airbnb

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, Auckland

Eco-friendly tiny house in Point Chevelier, AucklandImage credit: Eco-Friendly Tiny House / Airbnb

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, Auckland

Stairway leading to Godden Cottage in Mission BayImage credit: Godden Cottage / Airbnb

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, Auckland

Open plan kitchen at palm beach treehouse on Waiheke Island with panoramic viewsImage credit: The Palm Beach Treehouse / Airbnb

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. 

A text box reads 'no more teary goodbyes at the kennels, bring Fido along on your next jaunt in Aotearoa with our pick of pet-friendly places to stay in NZ.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation Near Tauranga

Villa Casa Maria

Katikati, Bay Of Plenty

Villa Casa Maria showing an outdoor Tuscan vibe with wooden beams, chairs and an abundance of flowers.Image credit: Villa Casa Maria / Airbnb

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.

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The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Rotorua

The Middle

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty 

The covered deck looks out onto the lake at The Middle.Image credit: The Middle | Airbnb

Get away from it all at The Middle, an absolute waterfront Airbnb on one of Rotorua's prettiest lakes, Lake Rotoiti. Perfect for an active holiday on the water, the property comes with a private jetty to tie up your boat or take the kayak out for a hoon on the lake. The sun-soaked lawn is perfect for a game of cricket before retreating to the covered deck for a well-earned barbecue with Fido at your heels.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Taupō

Treetop Hideaway

Central Taupō, Waikato

The stunning interior of the Treetop hideaway in central Taupo.Image credit: Treetop Hideaway / Airbnb

Unleash your inner Tarzan and Jane at this picturesque treetop hideaway in Taupō. 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

Teal Corner Cabin

Okoroire, Waikato 

A man fishes off a wharf while his dog looks on. Definitely one of the best pet-friendly accommodation in NZ.Image credit: Teal Corner Cabin | Airbnb

Go off grid with your pupper in tow at the stunning Teal Corner Cabin farm stay. This charming cabin nestled in farmland overlooks the pristine river which invites you to enjoy an invigorating swim or a spot of fishing. With a large deck and outdoor hot tub to dial up the relaxation, your pooch will love the space that this runner-up in the best Nature Stay Airbnb award affords. A 50-minute drive from Rotorua, you'll feel a world away.

Lone Oak Cabin

Okoroire

A huge cabin in the woods with outdoor bath Image credit: Lone Oak Cabin / Airbnb

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

Raglan, Waikato

Queen size bed with blanket, pillows and decorative ladder Image credit: Harewood Grange / Airbnb

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

Lawn Cottages

Clive, Hawke's Bay

The Lawn Cottages are situated amongst picturesque 1ha gardens in Clive offering a relaxing retreat for you and your furry friend in one of their six separate self-contained cottages.Image credits: Lawn Cottages / Airbnb

The Lawn Cottages are situated amongst picturesque 1ha gardens in Clive offering a relaxing retreat for you and your furry friend in one of their six separate self-contained cottages. Just 10 minutes to Napier and Hastings, and only a five-minute walk to the beach, with nearby local wineries, and a walking and cycling trail, Lawn Cottages have gone far beyond just being pet-friendly to being a great wholesome stay where you can enjoy breakfast on your private deck overlooking the garden that’s even got a pond.

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Wellington 

Cosy Caravan Amongst The Trees 

Lower Hutt, Wellington 

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

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, Wellington

A sunny room looks out over Wellington Harbour, definitely one of the best pet friendly accommodation options in new zealand.Image credit: Tree House Above Wellington Harbour / Airbnb

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 Nelson 

Tui's Secret

Brooklyn, Tasman

The treehouse in Abel Tasman looks out over the Tasman BayImage credit: Tui's Secret / Airbnb

If 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. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Christchurch

Pet-friendly Central Hideaway

Christchurch, Canterbury

Sofa with cushions in the living room of apartment in ChristchurchImage credit: Pet-Friendly Central Hideaway / Airbnb

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. 

The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Queenstown

Highview Haven

Queenstown, Otago 

A couple of seats and glasses of wine look out upon an absolutely stunning mountain vista.Image credit: Highview Haven / Airbnb

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

Queenstown, Otago

Living room with large sofa, wood fire and panoramic views of QueenstownImage credit: Viscount Haven / Airbnb

If 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.

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