Everyone’s heard of AirBnB, so I won’t waste your time explaining it to you. I will, however, tell you some of the benefits of staying in an AirBnB: unique accommodation; a more intimate and personal setting; amenities you won’t find in most hotels, like full kitchens; and the chance to interact with your hosts, who probably know all the best places to visit in the area.
I love looking through AirBnB listings during my travels, and I’m always making wishlists of the dreamy AirBnBs I want to stay in. I spent almost a full year working and traveling in New Zealand, so I thought it would be fun to find some of the best AirBnBs throughout the country.
There are tons of unique and stylish New Zealand AirBnB rentals; however, it can take a bit of digging to find the really cool properties that are actually affordable. You’re in luck, though, because I did all of the digging for you!
I looked through hundreds of listings, and I picked 10 of my favorite New Zealand AirBnB rentals under $100 per night. They range from cozy cabins and luxurious glamping tents to private rooms and…oh yeah, there’s a treehouse! There’s a little bit of everything here.
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Location: Arahura Valley, West Coast, South Island
From the Host: “Cranberry Cabin is situated in the Arahuara Valley which is just down the road from the Wilderness Cycle Trail between Kumara and Milltown. Ideal spot to base yourself and do part of the trail, do day trips to the Pancake Rocks, Hokitika Gorge, the Glaciers and more. Go into Hokitika and view the sunset, catch something to eat and then visit the Glow worms on dark before returning to you cabin to relax for the evening.”
From a Reviewer: “This is a very isolated spot but that is exactly what we wanted. It is close to the wilderness trail which is great for biking. Its a quick drive to Hokitika if anything is required and easy to get to Greymouth as well. The room is small but modern, clean and well equipped. The hosts were friendly and generous with their time. All in all it was a nice experience.”
Why it Made the List: The space looks simple but comfortable, and seems to have everything you need. The South Island’s West Coast is one of my favorite parts of the country, and this rental is perfectly located between major attractions of the area.
Location: Kilbirnie, Wellington, North Island
From the Host: “Large friendly and art filled house on hill overlooking Wellington harbour and South Coast. Piano, books, garden. Choice of two private guest bedrooms available, both with sea-views and own bathrooms.”
From a Reviewer: “Like walking into something out of Alice in Wonderland, this home is filled with lots of imagination and creativity. The views are breathtaking and both Sara and Danny were fantastic hosts. A lovely spacious, light filled bathroom and bedroom and easy walking distance to the shops and public transport. Would definitely recommend and stay here again without hesitation.”
Why it Made the List: This New Zealand AirBnB looks really cool—the owners both seem to work in the creative field so it’s no surprise their home reflects that. Also, you’ll get incredible views of Wellington and the harbor from up here.
Location: Paeroa, Waikato, North Island
From the Host: “Set in the grounds of the historic Refinery building. This rustic cabin is quiet, peaceful and charming. Your own ‘cabin the woods’ with nature inspired decor. Close to Karangahake Gorge, Waihi beach and only an hour and a half from Auckland.”
From a Reviewer: “The cabin was a stylish mix of modern and vintage. We loved every corner of it. Nicola was welcoming and the afternoon tea was to die for. Breakfast in the cafe was delicious too! We would definitely visit again if we were in the area in the future.”
Why it Made the List: The retro, rustic décor of this little loft cabin caught my eye. The Refinery also has a café on-site, which is great for slow mornings and makes it easy to grab food instead of cooking.
Glamping in a Permaculture Paradise
Location: Pohara, Tasman, South Island
From the Host: “HomeGrown Glamping in a full Permaculture garden with fruit & nut trees and bountiful gardens. Enjoy a private & peaceful Emperor Tent with comfortable Queen bed amongst the gardens, flowers, trees, birds, & bees. You will relax in your own self-contained zone in lush surroundings right next to our stream. Let Nature surround and embrace you. We are 600 meters from the beach with Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks at your exploration doorstep.”
From a Reviewer: “If you’re looking to disconnect and have a great glamping experience this is for you! We stayed here for two nights to do the northern loop trek of Abel Tasman and this was a great location. We loved the outdoor kitchen for a sunny evening meal, the super comfy bed, and babbling creek next to the tent. And the outdoor shower was amazing, felt like being at the spa!”
Why it Made the List: Glamping is the perfect option for when you want to be close to nature, but still want some extra conveniences. This would be the perfect place to learn a bit about permaculture and see what the lifestyle is about. It’s also close to Abel Tasman National Park, a great place for a hike.
Ocean Breeze Studio
Location: Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, North Island
From the Host: “Ideally located at the Northern End of Waihi Beach, The accommodation is in a quiet peaceful, cul-de-sac within a few minutes’ walk, (actually, the end of the road!) to the Waihi Beach Hotel and restaurant. There is a Café, Gym, Sushi bar, Library and a Wetlands walk all within 10 minutes stroll. A gentle walk to Waihi Beach township takes approximately 15 minutes (easy walking), where there is a good selection of shops, cafés, bars, takeaways, award-winning restaurants, essential services and of course, the 9 kilometre long surf and swimming beach.”
From a Reviewer: “Rene’s place is super clean and tidy, seems brand new. Plenty of space, and included all mod cons, Netflix, coffee machine etc. Rene offers nice breakfast basics, including cereal, fruit and good yoghurt. Beautiful sheets and comfy bed, fluffy towels, they have really paid attention to some of these smaller details which make a huge difference. I would definitely stay here again.”
Why it Made the List: This studio made my New Zealand AirBnB list because it looks so fresh and bright. I can imagine myself waking up here in the morning, energized to get out and explore.
Location: Whanganui, North Island
From the Host: “Lovely, freshly refurbished 2 bedroom sunny cottage with views of the mighty Whanganui River. Breakfast included. Urban neighborhood with the cottage commanding full views of the river. Watch the rowers training, water skiers and wake boarders, kayakers and the paddle steamer Waimarie navigate the beautiful awa.”
From a Reviewer: “We had two wonderful nights at Tracy’s and Tracy’s place in Whanganui. Definitely one of our best Airbnb experiences ever, and we can highly recommend. Plenty of room, and the whole house so beautifully and well furnished and decorated. Every detail thought. The beds were very good, the kitchen splendid and well equipped. There were even bikes for us to cycle to the city center, 10-15 min. And the hosts so hospitable and nice. We could have not asked for more.”
Why it Made the List: This New Zealand AirBnB made the list because it’s super cute, and it’s only $75 per night! That’s an incredible deal considering how many people you can fit.
Location: Lake Hawea, Otago, South Island
From the Host: “Come to a happy place–stay in our wee retro caravan! Buttercup is waiting to carry you as you slumber. She is parked next to our charming strawbale cottage, where you can share our kitchen, bath and electric charging facilities, as well as enjoy our organic garden surrounds. Our internet signal reaches just fine out to Buttercup.”
From a Reviewer: “Do not underestimate the simplicity of the caravan. It was a marvelous stay that we will never forget. The hospitality from Jennifer, Steve and family was just amazing. We felt like we are instantly a part of their family and we appreciated the trust they bestow on us to walk in and out of their house freely. The stay itself was just amazing. The rustle of the leaf throughout the night and morning was so soothing. The clear sky and view of the stars at night also made our stay extra special.”
Why it Made the List: The best part about AirBnB is finding unique places to stay. Caravans are a classic (and nostalgic) part of New Zealand culture, so staying in one is a must-have experience.
Location: Katikati, Bay of Plenty, North Island
From the Host: “The Tui Treehouse is situated at the bottom of our large garden with views out to the Kaimai Ranges. It’s off grid (no electricity) just solar lights and birdsong…Nearby the totally enclosed outdoor hot shower/toilet overlooks the river below and the Kaimai Ranges. This place is perfect for couples wanting a romantic and private space and solo adventurers.”
From a Reviewer: “An amazing getaway if you are willing to make do with bird calls as your wake up calls and dips in the nearby waterfalls as your private pools. Mike and Kirsten are wonderful hosts who shall make you feel at home at their beautiful property which is highly desirable as it’s clean, tidy and cozy. So pack your bags and make a trip down to Katikati.”
Why it Made the List: It’s a treehouse!
Location Richmond, Tasman, South Island
From the Host: “This enchanting cottage bears an Historic Places Trust plaque. One of the few remaining cob cottages in Nelson, it was built in 1853 as the Homestead for Joseph Bonnington and his family. Lovingly restored by a most inspired and dedicated couple in 1998, the end result is a truly charming cottage retaining all its character and charm, while providing all the comforts of modern day living.”
From a Reviewer: “This was the best and most magical place we’ve stayed. Citrus fruit and two floors of comfort in the cottage… and gorgeous gardens! You have to stay here!”
Why it Made the List: I chose this New Zealand AirBnB because I love the historic features. I can see myself curled up with a book and a pot of coffee, and the entire cottage looks absolutely adorable and super cozy.
Abby’s Shabby Shack
Location: Blenheim, Marlborough, South Island
From the Host: “Abby’s Shabby Shack is a “Tiny-House” in Monro Street – we built The Shabby Shack as an exercise in sustainable and eco-friendly living. We started in February, 2015 and welcomed our first guests in December, 2015. Guests have full access to our “Secret Garden”; a tree-lined retreat within walking distance of Blenheim town center. Relax amongst the established trees (with native birds) and soak up the marvelous Marlborough ‘Provencal’ air.”
From a Reviewer: “Abby’s Shabby Shack is a unique and cute place to stay and Peter is a great host, explaining all that we needed to know about the tiny house. It’s very close to the centre of Blenheim and we were able to walk into town to get some dinner. The house and the gardens were the highlight and it was lovely waking up with the sun coming through the leaves and the roof.”
Why it Made the List: This beautiful tiny house looks like the perfect place to retreat to for a weekend getaway. It’s in the town of Blenheim, which is an easy drive from the interisland ferry terminal in Picton, and surrounded by the best vineyards in New Zealand.
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Disclaimer: I have not stayed at any of these properties. I did, however, spend hours looking through New Zealand AirBnB listings to find these rentals to share with you. I chose places that I would genuinely want to stay at; places I would actually book. I’m only sharing listings with great photos, lots of information, and positive reviews.
Prices are quoted in USD, not NZD. Some rentals may end up being more than $100 after fees. All images belong to their respective hosts.
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