Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Christchurch, New Zealand - Updated 2023

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South Island’s biggest city and possibly the best destination to experience a wealth of New Zealand’s wilderness and a ton of Kiwi culture would be Christchurch. While a large part of the city’s development may have been decimated, owing to earthquakes in the past years, the undying spirit and bursts of vivaciousness remain. New markets have emerged, eclectic bars and restaurants boost Christchurch’s hospitality scene, wads of art oozes from here and there, and interesting ‘rebuilding’ tours (of sights that sustained damage from the earthquake) make it well worth a stop. Check yourselves into one of these top Airbnbs in Christchurch, New Zealand, and experience everything that this city has to offer – trust us, you’ll not be disappointed.

1. Kid-friendly studio house for five (from USD 71)

If minimalism and luxury had physical manifestations, this studio house would be it. Spread across a bedroom, living space, kitchen and dining area, attached balcony, and a sprawling attached garden, this house can comfortably sleep up to five guests. It is especially recommended for families with little children since there’s lots of space for them to rollick around and even a swing and a playhouse for them to use for their enjoyment. Standard facilities (laundry, WiFi access, and kitchenette essentials) and amenities (tea/coffee refreshments, cereals, and toiletries) will be made available for your use. Plus, there’s free street parking, for those of you driving down. The property is less than 5 minutes’ distance from the city’s airport and about 15 minutes’ drive away from the main city.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1040 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bedsheets were warm and thankful for the heater keeping us warm and toasty throughout
nice room for 4 family
definitely recommend for anyone looking to rent a comfortable unit at christchurch
amazing host cozy studio with all the amenities
her place is stunning: well decorated very private with great bathroom and super comfy bed
extremely clean and tidy
unit was clean and well appointed clean and comfortable
sparkling clean and super stylish place
it was very clean and tastefully furnished
room was very clean and spacious
sharon is nice host
sharon is an amazing host
very outstanding service good host
she is a friendly host who shared with us dining recommendations
the host is very friendly
a really nice apartment close to the airport
great location close to the airport if you arrive/leave to christchurch
fantastic place to stay close to the airport
a perfect location and host
perfect location for those taking a morning flight
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2. Cosy home for two (from USD 53)

Done up in the most colourful manner, accentuated by lots of greenery, and enlivened by ample light, this one-bedroom house is the perfect accommodation for two. There’s an attached deck, and even a garden, so you can bask in the Kiwi airs. Else, stay indoors and enjoy self-cooked meals from the house’s kitchenette – we hear that Lou (the hostess) keeps it well stocked! There’s a bus stop just about 10 minutes’ walking distance from here, so you can enjoy easy access to several parts of the city.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1107 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable self catering accommodation with small kitchenette
warm and comfortable independent room with lovely porch and small courtyard functional
it was well stocked with breakfast items and had all the other amenities one would want
the shower was great along with all the other amenities
lou has the heater cranked waiting for my arrival and appreciated the breakfast foods provided
a great clean quiet place to stay
very clean tidy warm and cosy unit
everything was clean and the washroom was spacious
her place is tidy and clean recommend
it is quiet clean and well equipped
host is lovely very thoughtful and attentive
thank you lou for being such a friendly host
thank you lou for your kind hospitality we'd return anytime
the host goes the extra mile to accommodate tourists in being very thoughtful in hospitality
beautiful place and good host
the bus is very convenient and the local indian restaurant is delicious
a nice place in an interesting city
a great place to break up my journey and rest
awesome space and location easy to get around and super helpful tips from lou :)
awesome stay cozy a snuggly wee spot close to city centre will defs be back
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3. Apartment with easy access to tourist spots (from USD 87)

Newly renovated, extremely clean, and a bangin’ value-for-money, this studio apartment is for travellers planning to cover lots of tourist sites in Christchurch. It is located in Cathedral Junction, which brings all attractions in Christchurch Central City within easy access from this rental. The apartment is equipped with standard amenities and basic kitchenette essentials (coffee maker, utensils and cutlery, toaster, microwave, etc.), enough for you to prepare light meals.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
460 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice cozy place with all the amenities
the apt is beautifully decorated with all the amenities that i needed
the room was a perfect space for two people
the apartment is bigger then it looks in the photos and stylishly furnished - would definitely recommend
we had such comfortable nights there
very clean and secure
place is very clean and well maintained
very clean well set up and comfortable apartment
stylish comfortable and clean apartment
spotlessly clean and the decor super cute
fantastic host with amazing service
the check in process was super easy and the hosts are very communicative
fantastic hosts willing to provide guidance and assist as needed
hosts are thoughtful and very responsive
great hosts friendly and quick to communicate with
great location right in the city center walking distance to everything
the best location in christchurch
cute place in a really great central location
perfect location and very convenient
great location and very comfortable bed
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4. Spacious apartment with easy access to city centre (from USD 57)

Located about five minutes’ drive from Christchurch Central City, this one-bedroom house is a brilliant option for a family of four. Plus, you’ll have easy access to Lyttelton Harbour, Sumner Beach, and even Christchurch Adventure Park. As for the living space itself, large floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample light into the house and gorgeous views of the attached garden. You can kick back and relax indoors, cook yourself meals in-house – the kitchenette is stocked with basics (cereals, tea/coffee refreshments, fruit, milk, cooking oils, etc.) – or make use of unlimited WiFi to get some work done. Guests with small children can request the host to make a cot and high chair available too!

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
320 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice oak table and chairs and comfy sofa
comfortable space with plenty of natural light
modern bathroom and great water pressure with air con and heat
all kitchen amenities for light cooking and the bench top oven was appreciated
the room was lovely and big with lots of natural light from the big windows
nice clean homely and warm space
everything was extremely clean and tidy
clean quiet comfortable and cosy
the flat was clean and homely
it was clean spacious and cozy
she was very attentive and kind
hayley is a great host
she is friendly and helpful
our host hayley was unobtrusive but very helpful and responded quickly to any requests we made
the host family is really kind and friendly
good location with good facilities easy to find and nearby to the shopping mall thank u haley
great location & cozy apartment perfect for what i wanted
hayley’s place is near to city centre we love how comfortable her place was
a beautiful space in a great location
great location close to get anywhere lovely spot and very clean
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5. Brilliantly equipped rental at a great location (from USD 49)

About five minutes’ distance from the Christchurch Airport, ten minutes from Christchurch Central City, and convenient access to lots of other tourist spots around, this studio home makes for a fantastic choice of stay for up to two guests. The rental’s tariff includes the daily cleaning fee, laundry facilities (upon request), unlimited WiFi accessibility, and basic breakfast essentials – awesome, innit? Plus, lots of space for you to kick back and relax. There’s also a large patio for you to soak in some Kiwi airs and sun. Else, step out and explore the many things Christchurch has to offer.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
609 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fantastic room with quality amenities
place was very clean and the chairs were particularly comfortable
machi & roger’s place is 5 mins drive from the airport with comfortable bed and great amenities
a small and comfortable space for 2
complimentary tea coffee & breakfast was a wonderful little touch with plenty to choose from
lovely clean and modern unit
sparkling clean and very modern
everything was spotlessly clean
the place was clean and new
very clean very comfortable bed and warm
cheers to the hosts again
macho & roger are one of the best hosts around their hospitality is unrivalled
lovely stay and excellent hosts
machi and roger were fantastic hosts
they are so kind and wonderful hosts highly recommend their space
close to the airport in a nice neighborhood
perfect for location and convenience
super close to the airport as well
great place to stay and near to the airport
great location very near christchurch airport which is great after a long haul flight
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6. Modern condo with excellent facilities (from USD 60)

This one-bedroom condominium is ideal for up to two guests. The living space has an attached patio and courtyard, so you’ll have enough space at your disposal. While indoors, you can prepare yourselves light meals in the kitchenette and/or make use of entertainment facilities, such as the PlayStation 3, unlimited WiFi, and Netflix. Else, step out and explore Christchurch, since there are quite a few eateries, sightseeing spots, and theatres within a walking distance.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
676 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire condo 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there were lots of thoughtful touches that made it comfortable and inviting
couple of notes:- excellent linen is used on the bed
the bed was very comfortable and the room had everything we needed
the room was amazing with some of the facilities
very clean and tidy
clean and nice
clean and comfortable room
very clean and neat
its very clean and comfortable
cynthia is a nice host
host is very friendly and nice
host was quick to communicate and provided clear instructions
such a kind host
communications were quick and responsive
easy walking distance to everything
the location is great
nice location just a quick walk to the city center
great place walking distance to the city
the location was great too being a short walk away from everything we needed
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7. Centrally located studio apartment (from USD 109)

In its one bedroom and a common living area, this plush Airbnb vacation rental can easily sleep up to three guests. The space has been done up in an entirely sophisticated and modern fashion, with all amenities and facilities included (full kitchen, free parking, entertainment options, toiletries and linens, etc.). It is located in Cathedral Junction, so you have a world of shops and other interesting tourist spots within an easy distance. Else, you can hitch a tram and explore other parts of the city too.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
382 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a very stylish apartment with plenty of natural light
it was very comfortable and the bedding was lovely
we vey much enjoyed staying in their light and airy apartment
the entire apartment was exactly as in the pictures and felt totally comfortable and safe
we had an amazing stay at this apartment
clean and well furnished
place was sparkling clean and stylishly designed
room was clean and fully equipped
zeenie and sarah’s place was great it was super clean and comfortable
well equipped and spotlessly clean
the hosts were excellent communicators
the hosts are nice and responsive
hosts are easy to communicate with
the hosts were also easy to contact and were very accommodating
the hosts were super helpful when i wanted to extend my booking and were great to communicate with
the location is fantastic
great location right in the city center walking distance to everything
cute apartment in a nice and convenient location
many central christchurch sites of interest are within easy walking distance
fantastic location and gorgeous apartment
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8. Suite-living for two

Overlooking a swimming pool on one side and gorgeous sand dunes on the other, this suite is the perfect place to accommodate up to two guests. It is part of a larger house, but complete privacy and lots of on-site facilities are guaranteed. While here, you can enjoy a fun barbecue session and seat yourself on the outdoor chairs to devour your relishes as well as the scenery around. Other than this, there’s also an on-site outdoor and indoor (heated) swimming pool each, sauna, hot outdoor showers, etc. Else, pick up one of the bikes (available for guest use for free) and go around exploring the neighbourhood. If you want to venture out further, the New Brighton Pier is about half an hour away, while Christchurch Central City is about 15 - 20 minutes away.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
432 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
other amenities include a heated pool washer dual-temperature air purifying fan and well equipped kitchen for homely comforts
lots of great amenities in the kitchen and bath
so many amenities and extras tucked into a lovely apartment
the yard comes with an outdoor shower and beach chairs for better appreciation of the peaceful fields
my daughter had a lot of fun in the heated pool
clean and well designed house
clean comfortable and inviting
very clean and modern place as well
place was sparking clean
exceptionally clean which is very much appreciated by me
kate was really helpful host
kate has been a very nice host
kate is an extremely wonderful host and she provides a fantastic service for her guests
very kind and generous host
kate is one of our favorite hosts
amazing two minute walk to the beach
great beach side location in the northern suburbs of christchurch with easy car access to the city
perfect location too easy access to the city but in a quiet beach side setting
the location is perfect a few step from the beach
it is a perfectly private place to relax and walk on the beach
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9. Sophisticated home with views

Also a suite, this vacation rental can comfortably sleep up to four guests and is equipped with all standard facilities and amenities. It is less than five minutes’ distance from several shops and bars in the city, so is a popular choice among travellers. What makes it even better is an on-site outdoor pool and a spa, allowing fabulous views of Christchurch’s skyline and the Southern Alps far ahead. However, do note that the host stays on-site, although in a different section; they have a dog who may welcome you with a friendly bark, so don’t be afraid. Or, if you are, do let the hosts know in advance.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
371 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful view and great facilities
great amenities especially the pool
the most impressing one is the view to look christchurch in front of the pool
stunning views with a pool and spa at the doorstep to a private room
dee's place is lovely and comfortable and with outstanding views over christchurch lovely extras and nothing too much trouble
so spotlessly clean and comfortable
everything is exceptionally clean
room is very clean and tidy
very spacious clean and well-stocked
very clean accommodation with breakfast provided which was more than adequate
kind host and tidy room
dee was friendly and a great host
she is a lovely host and helpt us with her kindness and hospitality
thank you super host
dee was a fantastic host would definitely recommend
great place in a great location
quiet location with fabulous facilities
great location and value if you plan to stay in christchurch
beautiful place 20 minutes to airport and 10 minutes to city center
everything was nice and easy and great location
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10. Quaint cottage for a family stay

With a sophisticated appeal in its decor and a vibe of Britishness abounding the atmosphere, this Airbnb vacation rental is the perfect nesting spot for a family getaway. It can easily sleep up to four guests in its two bedrooms on a double occupancy basis and is removed from Christchurch’s downtown hustle-bustle to give you an ideal space to bond and relax. But, if you do feel like stepping out, the city centre is about 20 minutes’ stroll away and a bunch of fantastic eateries and brewpubs are also nearby. The cottage has been recently renovated, so you can be assured the latest amenities. However, if you do find something missing, let Jane (the hostess) know and she’ll ensure you enjoy a fab stay here.

571 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire residential home 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good amenities and wifi
it is very comfortable and has good amenities
the cottage had everything needed for the stay and was very cozy and comfortable
the cottage was lovely and cosy with a great fireplace in the living room to keep us warm
a perfect place for 2 couples like us with two queen beds
a lovely cottage clean and tidy
adorable cottage clean beautiful touches inside we loved it
beds were comfortable place was clean heating worked well
the house is clean and welcoming and well insulated with sufficient heating
wonderful house clean and great amenities
great host and charming warm house
jane provided great local recommendations and was responsive
highly recommend as a friendly and responsive host
cute place & nice host
jane was also so friendly and responsive
great house in strategic location
the location was also great
walkable to all the main attractions in town
we were pleased with location and every detail
great location close to cbd and shops around the corner
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The city of paradoxes

Christchurch offers a paradoxical experience quite like none other – while the downtown is ridden with damaged or work-in-progress structures, the outskirts are quite a breath of fresh air (quite literally!). You may choose to opt-in the sort of getaway you’d like to have and get planning on that trip right away. And, while you’re at it, here are some top Airbnbs in Christchurch, New Zealand, that are worth considering.

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