10 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Thames, New Zealand - Updated 2024

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Thames is a historic town between the Firth of Thames and the magnificent Coromandel ranges. This coastal destination flaunts heritage buildings, scenic beauty, and many adventures for a delightful vacation. You can learn about the town’s rich history at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum and Thames Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Kauaeranga. The Pinnacles Track is a popular overnight walk that includes climbing stunning mountain ranges. Another option is the Thames Coastal Walkway where you can enjoy cycling or a three-hour return walk beside the sensational sea. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you wouldn’t want to miss the Sleeping God Canyon to rappel, jump, zip-line, and slide down many plunging waterfalls.

You can enhance this adventurous getaway by booking a top rental with excellent facilities. Check out this list of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Thames, New Zealand.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 01, 2024.

1. Kuranui Cottage (from USD 123)

Kuranui Cottage is a charming home affording the stunning Kuranui Bay views. It is within walking distance of cafés and bars, and nearby activities include the Pinnacles. Additionally, with the beach being steps away, the rental promises fun amidst sand and water.

The private hot tub will be a delight after a fulfilling day out. Moreover, you can book this neat and clean rental for longer stays and enjoy convenient amenities, such as a free washer and dryer as well as on-site parking facilities.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
17.56 km (11.0 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
134 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
and linda provided food and coffee for breakfast which was extremely helpful
wonderfully comfortable bed and the most amazing big bath
beautiful sunsets and the home is comfortable and beautiful with a generous offering of breakfast foods
wow what a wonderful accommodation with spa pool and a massive bath
it is a beautiful place and everything was clean and tidy
very clean property with beautiful views
lovely extra touches and beautifully clean and tidy
a quaint and faithfully restored cottage beautifully decorated spotlessly clean and generously provisioned
lovely house view and spa this is a great place for a getaway very clean and cosy
linda was a fab host
linda is an excellent host with thoughtful touches throughout your stay
she made a true home for her guests and spoils them with all kinds of goodies
such a beautiful house in a great location
great location with amazing views
great location and amazing views
generous supplies in the pantry and an off street car park
such a wonderful place to stay
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2. The Butterfly House (from USD 92)

The Butterfly House can accommodate up to four guests and is a designer home ideal for families and friends. It has a designated workstation with free Wi-Fi and stunning views, ideal for completing tasks. You will check in with a lockbox, ensuring complete privacy and safety during your stay. Further, parking on-site is free for guests arriving from their vehicles.

This modern rental has enough options to lounge or entertain, from a spacious balcony to a fully fenced lush garden. You can also savor a nice barbeque dinner with chilled beers in the evenings and play music on the Bluetooth speakers to elevate the setting.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
15.84 km (9.9 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
38 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great views comfy beds and a wonderful house to just chill in
the house was comfortable and clean and we felt relaxed in the environment
comfy beds and super clean not far from town easy access and very private
easy to communicate with the owner
host was very accommodating and helpful on places to go etc
communication with host was excellent
great hosts great communication and go the extra mile to accommodate us
communication and local host support were above expectations
a lovely quiet location
fabulous location overlooking thames harbour and so close to amenities
easy walk to the arboretum trail that we really enjoyed
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3. Fantail Hill (from USD 124)

Enjoy a serene vacation in Fantail Hill, a well-appointed home with captivating sea views. The host provides an organic and home-cooked breakfast to make your stay more comfortable. You will also be placed close to gorgeous waterfalls and swimming spots where you can enjoy a serene time with your family. After all the fun, the extensive deck makes the perfect unwinding spot, affording beautiful views.

This pleasant rental allows luggage drop-off and provides complimentary parking for added convenience. It also offers HDTV with Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Netflix services for indoor entertainment. Furthermore, if you want to remain active, exercise equipment is available on the premises.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
16.8 km (10.5 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
131 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a lovely peaceful and comfortable place to stay with the most amazing views across the firth of thames
we loved the setting accommodation was well set up magnificent sea views from very comfortable bed
breakfasts were very enjoyable (carmel’s muesli and siggi’s sourdough and plum jam were delicious)
amazing views from up the hill and the breakfast each morning was fantastic
we enjoyed the generous breakfast siggi cooked for us
all very clean and tidy
the place was really clean spacious and comfortable
the apartment was super cosy clean and very well equipped
everything was clean and cozy and the king size bed is very comfortable
the home was clean and comfortable
hosts were very welcoming and friendly
amazing hosts and even better accomodation
great family host thank you
friendly pleasant hosts who provided a warm welcome and a wonderful breakfast
really comfy beds and lovely hosts
it is a great location to explore coromandel
in a very quiet peaceful location a few minutes drive to shops and cafe/restaurant
siggi made us a delicious breakfast & dropped me off at the bus stop down the hill
beautiful location a house which can accommodate not more then 4 people
it's great that there is plenty of space to park
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4. Dew-Arts

Dew-Arts is for you if you’re traveling on a budget but don’t want to compromise on comfort. This cozy home features all you need for a pleasant stay, including a washer, a dryer, and a fully furnished kitchen. The bathroom is neat and has a bathtub for refreshing soaks. Hot water and a hair dryer are also available for added convenience.

The air conditioning and heating will ensure a pleasant temperature, no matter which time of the year you visit. Moreover, if traveling in a car, avail of the complimentary on-site and street parking.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
15.71 km (9.8 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
104 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lynnette's cottage was very nice and comfortable
the apartment is very well supplied with all mod cons
overall we'd recommend lynnette's apartment for the value
we really appreciated the fully equipped kitchen big bathroom with full sized bath and internal laundry facilities
beds were comfortable and the house had everything we needed
as advertised clean and all the basics
very clean and tidy with good communication from lynnette
the place smelled clean and fresh and the appliances were clean and worked properly
a lovely clean home recommend this place for anyone
lynnettes place was very nice and clean
fabulous hosts - so welcoming
owners are very friendly and helpful
the host was very easy to communicate with and prompt to respond to any questions or requests
lynnette was a great host and she was home to welcome us when we arrived
lynette and her husband are great hosts
great location for the pinnacles hike
convenient well appointed excellent location
the location was perfect for us
everything worked well and a perfect location
a lovely location with great access to the centre of town
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5. The Shop (from USD 62)

The Shop is a cheerful rental with ample natural lights and is located a 10-minute walk from town and a 10-minute drive from Kauaeranga Valley. Though the kitchen is not fully furnished, it provides light snacks and drink essentials, including tea and coffee.

This lively home features a TV and DVD player ideal for your days indoors. It also provides books, games, and a Bluetooth speaker to keep you engaged. Further, electric blankets will be available in winter, while the cot will come in handy if you’re traveling with a toddler.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
16.51 km (10.3 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
444 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bed blankets were good to optimize warmth in bed
lovely touches like bathroom products fresh coffee & loose leaf tea cereal and welcome chocolates
place was lovely clean and convenient
good and clean room for stay
it was very clean beds are comfortable and the interior is pretty
nice hosts tidy clean and bright rooms thanks
the house is very well arranged and pretty clean
hosts are responsive anytime
very friendly hosts spacious and cosy stay
gen was a great host
she was thoughtful and helpful and conscientious
gen is an extremely generous and genial host
such a super cute and unique location
easy walk to town and yet far enough from noise
walking distance to town great location comfort and hospitality always
handy location comfortable stay with everything we needed provided
this is a lovely place to stay with heaps of character and it’s close to town
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6. Quiet home at an affordable price (from USD 73)

Look no further if you’re seeking an ideal home away from bustling city life for a romantic getaway. This quiet accommodation assures a peaceful visit and comes at an affordable price. You can wake up and enjoy a yummy breakfast that is included in your stay. Then, plan a romantic picnic at the nearby beach and enjoy the soothing sounds of the shore.

If you are a light traveler and wish to keep your clothes clean, the free washer and dryer will rescue you. What’s more, you don’t have to carry bathroom essentials, such as shampoo, conditioner, or shower gel, as they are provided.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
17.06 km (10.6 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
398 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
their breakfast was a special touch and the view was stunning
sunset view was amazing as well and it was great looking at the view over breakfast
private and lovely breakfast with a view
great breakfast with a view over the firth
breakfast with a view and an interesting chat in the sunroom was a lovely touch
the room was big and super clean
the accommodation is private very clean and the bed is very comfortable
the accommodation was very comfortable warm and spotless
really comfortable bed and linen spotlessly clean and welcoming and allan ran through everything with us
valerie and alan were lovely hosts
wonderful hosts happy to help in anyway
allan and valerie were fantastic hosts
hosts are lovely would definitely come back
valerie and allan are lovely hosts who are very kind helpful and caring
handy and easy to find location good off street parking
close to town and beach good long walk along the coast
great location spacious rooms lovely hosts
allan and valerie’s place was very comfortable and a great location
great place to stay if in thames
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7. Modern rental close to conveniences (from USD 74)

This modern rental, ideal for couples and business travelers, features cozy bedrooms with warm lighting. It is close to restaurants and public transport, so you can easily satisfy your hunger and go sightseeing. If you’d instead savor a home-cooked meal, the well-appointed kitchen will be at your service.

You can use the free Wi-Fi to stay connected and watch TV on the comfy couch. Moreover, a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher are installed for safety.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
15.86 km (9.9 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
81 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bathroom is fantastic lots of space & has a washing machine & dryer
the description and photos are accurate and it has everything you'll need for a comfortable stay in thames
apartment clean and spacious
very clean and convenient
very clean and tidy
clean and comfy - loved it
communication was very clear and the apartment was spotless
host was very helpful and friendly
raewyn was very helpful on the occasion i rang her prior to going to thames
raewyn was so accommodating and kind when i had family issues so highly recommended
super location everything you need
central located & close to everything like shops/restaurants etc
great location close to supermarkets and shopping strip with good places to eat
great location within walking distance to shops grocery store and the coast
nice place and good location for what i needed
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8. Vibrant yurt with beautiful views (from USD 53)

This vibrant yurt, surrounded by lush nature, can be an excellent option for a unique romantic getaway. You can enjoy the gorgeous valley and garden views from the picnic table outside. Moreover, this bright-color tent is a 10-minute walk from the town, making it an ideal location.

For entertainment, there’s a Boombox Bluetooth sound system and books. You can also use the comfortable couch for reading. What’s more, this well-appointed rental assures safety with a smoke alarm, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
16.89 km (10.5 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
77 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Yurt 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities are comfortable
wi-fi worked great if you plan to work
a really awesome place super relaxing with fast wifi and really warm
it’s a few metres along a path to the bathroom with great views on the way
clean and tidy - a very creative space
the kitchen was modest but spotless and perfectly adequate
host friendly & accommodating
hosts were very helpful & friendly
our hosts were super helpful and nice
hosts are awesome people super friendly and approachable
mal was a great host and sleeping in the yurt is a unique experience
super quiet and peaceful yet still close to town
a quiet location 5 min from town but you feel like you’re tucked away in the bush
easy walk into town and good exercise walking back
location was amazing would definitely return to stay again
lovely bush location to feel at one with nature
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9. The Brook (from USD 68)

The Brook is a beautifully furnished home ready to make your visit to the town worthwhile. Whether you’re looking for a café or a supermarket, this stunning home is only a 10-minute walk from these conveniences. Don’t worry about feeding your hunger, as many restaurants are also within walking distance of the property.

Free driveway parking for two cars is available on the property, and a beautiful back garden stands ready for leisurely strolls.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
16.31 km (10.2 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
423 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable stay with james and robyn
lovely comfortable stay at robyn and james' place
a comfortable and well appointed unit in a lovely setting
the space and bathroom were spacious and the beautiful garden outside a treat
a great spacious quiet bnb with a nice dark quiet bedroom with a truly comfortable bed
very clean and spacious
very comfy bed and everything was very clean homely
has a homely feel and is very clean and tidy
very clean place and nice hosts
the interior isn’t modern but everything was clean and as expected
fantastic property and great hosts
very helpful and welcoming hosts
very helpful and friendly hosts
great hosts but with this being below the host’s dwelling you could hear them upstairs
very friendly hosts and walk into town
walk to town good location
convenient location to stay for pinnacles hike :)
beautiful location very peaceful
good location for a trip to caramandel fletcher bay
a good location explore the coromandel
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10. Lovely studio close to the beach (from USD 71)

This lovely studio provides affordable and convenient options to guests, such as the choice to bring your own linens for a reduced rent fee. You’ll have a relaxing visit here, enhanced by the chirps and sights of native birds. Best of all, you’re only a five-minute walk from the town and about 1 km (0.62 mi) from the beach.

From bathroom essentials such as hot water and a hair dryer to peaceful unwinding on the deck, this delightful home provides all for your comfort. Moreover, complimentary on-site parking is provided if you’re traveling by car.

Stayed at this property?
Thames, Waikato, New Zealand
16.69 km (10.4 mi) from Ngatea Water Gardens
515 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
everything was very clean and sunset from the little deck was serene
alexa a great host who was very friendly and responded quickly when i asked questions
alexa was very helpful getting info for us on navigating the many road closures after the flooding
alexa was very friendly and easy to contact
alexa is a thoughtful host with great communication
perfect host very quiet place
very nice location with a nice walk next to the water nearby
really cool place to get away yet still very close to the town centre
cosy studio & good location walking distance to the main street
what a lovely spot - close to town but you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere
nice and peaceful location with easy access to the main street of thames
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Select the best rental for a memorable holiday in Thames

Enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Thames with its exciting adventures and beautiful attractions. You will have a pleasant time here with a historical tour of the area or a venture amidst scenic nature. Enhance your stay by booking one of the above-listed Airbnb rentals in Thames, New Zealand.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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