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

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Most people are not aware that Timaru has exciting leisure activities and attractions. Established in 1868, the port city is one of the lesser-known travel destinations in New Zealand but it is out to make your trip to the country memorable. Its serene botanical gardens and pristine beaches will help you connect with nature. Stretch and soak your legs in the sand at Waimataitai Beach in Caroline Bay, which is one of the best beaches in the city. If you’d love to admire thought-provoking exhibits about nature and local history and culture, then make your way to South Canterbury Museum and Aigantighe Art Gallery. You might be wondering if the city has comfortable lodging facilities. Well, you’re in for outstanding hospitality in the local vacation rentals. Read on for details about the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Timaru, New Zealand.

1. La vue du mer (from USD 107)

Take in lovely views of Caroline Bay and enjoy a restful stay near central Timaru when residing at this guest suite. This two-bedroom rental is large enough to host four guests and is accessed using its own private entrance. For a comfortable stay, it has huge, double-glazed windows and air conditioning.

In addition, there’s a private pool for your relaxation and a gym to break a sweat as you work out. Relax with a drink of your choice on the expansive outdoor area that features a barbecue grill and comfortable outdoor furniture.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.58 km (1.0 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
335 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
private and spacious rooms great views and access to the pool and small patio made this a relaxing stay
beds v comfy would be great in winter or summer
the rooms were very spacious the beds were so warm and the outdoor space was just lovely
plenty of space very nice bathroom comfy beds
and the pool was great to have of course
very tidy and clean house
immaculately clean & tidy & thoughtful touches
place was beautiful and clean
very clean and tidy with and awesome decoration
everything was super clean and we had everything we needed
mark and mary are great hosts
mark and mary are very friendly and hospitable hosts
warm welcoming from the host
the hosts are extra friendly and made the stay a real pleasure
mark and mary are a very friendly couple that gave some great local tips as well
it has a great location near town
great wee place and very handy to town
very well decide room with lots of interesting decoration in different corner
loved the walk to town and my chat with mark
super clean and well set-up place within walking distance of the bay
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2. Dragonfly Inn (from USD 70)

This fully self-contained guesthouse is small but large enough to accommodate two people. It’s located in a quiet part of Timaru.

Amenities in the guesthouse such as a kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a TV make the unit suitable for short or long-term stays. Other than that, there’s a serene garden that’s dotted with sweet-smelling flowers and grass where you can spend time in the evening as you enjoy your preferred beverage.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
2.39 km (1.5 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
172 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
ross’s dragonfly inn is amazing - full set of kitchen amenities that you can live here for months
i can highly recommend this air bee and beevery comfortable stay
another great stay in timaru this place is so comfortable and has great views
ross’s place was large comfortable and noticeably well designed and constructed
would highly recommend spotlessly clean
inside was lovely and clean
the accommodation was also very clean and comfortable
very comfortable fully equipped clean warm & quiet location
it's spacious stylish and sparkling clean
ross was terrific host
ross is a fantastic host
ross is an excellent host
ross is a wonderful host
ross is a fabulous welcoming host
beautiful apartment excellent location if you have bikes with several trails near by
great location close to town very quiet and very comfortable
an amazingly well appointed unit located in a quiet part of timaru
we particularly enjoyed the quiet and beautiful garden
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3. Wee Blue (from USD 91)

Wee Blue is a conveniently located residence that pleasantly hosts four guests. Although it feels quiet, the two-bedroom villa is set within a 5- to 10-minute walk from local eateries, a supermarket, and a hospital. Whenever you need to connect with family and friends, utilize the villa’s reliable Wi-Fi.

Also, whip up your preferred meal with ease in the well-stocked kitchen that features plenty of cutlery and crockery, as well as a dining table for six people. Aside from the kitchen, you can barbecue at your leisure using the charcoal grill. Charcoal and skewers are provided.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.62 km (1.1 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
156 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i would totally recommend this cottage lovely decor warm and comfortable
the house was clean and tidy
a beautiful clean cottage lots of lovely detail and very comfortable
the place is quint and spotlessly clean
clean warm close to amenities
thanks janine loved your wee place very comfortable and exceptionally clean
great little touches everywhere - a host who really cares
janine was super helpful and kept us informed all the way through
fantastic location and the host is very accommodating and helpful
fantastic location and accommodation the host is fast to respond to any communication
great central location
really great location to town
good location for what we needed
very comfortable and within walking distance of town
awesome location and back porch was a great place to unwind
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4. Remodeled oceanfront bungalow (from USD 107)

Make wonderful experiences in this private, clean, and quiet bungalow. This tastefully renovated three-bedroom holiday rental has seven beds, meaning that the seven guests that are allowed on the premises can each have their own bed. That aside, the bungalow has large windows that allow in natural light and let you enjoy views of the ocean, which is right outside.

With its central location, you’ll find restaurants and a supermarket within a 5- to 10-minute walking distance.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.01 km (0.7 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
495 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 7 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this home is delightful with great water views from the living room
the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of space to relax
nice and clean tidy
the space was clean and open
the bungalow was very clean cosy with a great kitchen and bathroom comfy beds and good linen
the house was a good size and clean
kat is an awesome host
kat was very helpful and a great communicator
kat is a perfect host excellent communication
kat and simon are wonderful hosts and their house is very comfortable
great location and character in timaru
easy walk to the lighthouse
great house and even better location
best location in timaru well equipped and comfy
a few minutes drive to the main shopping area of timaru or easy walk
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5. Quiet and private dwelling (from USD 60)

Nestled in a calm residential neighborhood, this one-bedroom guesthouse has enough space for two guests. Despite being next to the owner’s home, you’re accorded much-needed privacy while lodging here. Cook comfortably in the fully equipped kitchen and surf the web using the rental’s fast Wi-Fi.

Some appliances found in the kitchen include a stove, oven, and fridge. When it’s bedtime, retire to the queen-sized bed that has a firm mattress and soft cotton sheets.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.73 km (1.1 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
415 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pancakes were a nice touch and there were other good breakfast options offered as well
a one bedroom stand alone unit with great facilities very quiet and comfortable
breakfast a nice touch and perfectly clean
quiet clean and tidy and spacious
clean spacious everything we needed
nice and clean great place to stay
really clean warm sunny and comfortable stay
very tidy warm and very clean
thank you for your quick & kind hospitality
also kirsten was a great super host
kirsten was a lovely host and i’d happily stay here again
excellent place to stay and excellent host
great host and a sunny pad in a good location
comfortable accommodation close to town
easy check-in and located in a quiet neighborhood
safe neighbourhood with easy parking
the parking spot right next to the place really helps too
quiet comfy & just what i needed for a last minute place to stay on a cool winters night
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6. Elm Cottage (from USD 62)

If you’re looking for an intimate and cozy vacation rental in Timaru, Elm Cottage is a great find. Though small, the guesthouse comfortably hosts two guests, ideally a couple. It’s situated within a five-minute walk from a chemist and a restaurant. You’ll love its serene and well-kept outdoors.

The outdoor area has a private hot tub behind the guesthouse where you can soak with your loved one. As a bonus, you’re allowed to stay with your furry friends in the rental.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
2.31 km (1.5 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
355 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice to see bubbles for bath and soap shampoo and conditioner in shower
great wifi reception and a comfy warm bed
the bed was very comfortable and we loved the decor and all the cushions
nice touches in the room and an amazing outside bath
superbly clean and tidy and very cosy
lovely clean comfortable and warm studio in a secluded garden setting
quiet clean warm and comfortable place to stay
the cottage is clean and tidy
great stay loved the bath and how clean the place was
beautiful little sleepout with friendly hosts
fantastic and super helpful service
lovely stay two happy little friendly doggies came to greet us in the morning
cute as little host dogs that greet you with a friendly bark and wagging tails
kiwi hosting at its best
lovely setting in a great location
this is a lovely place set in a beautiful garden
warmly recommend nakita’s place
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7. Modern hideaway for eight guests (from USD 96)

Whether you’re in Timaru for business or leisure, this spacious and trendy apartment will take great care of you. A group or family of up to eight people can comfortably share the rental. Aside from being sizeable, the apartment’s living room is equipped with an air conditioner, smart TV, and leather sofas.

Next to the living area is a dedicated workspace with a cozy chair and a computer desk which you can use to finish up office work. That aside, there’s a north-facing deck where you can barbecue all day long as you take in views of the neighborhood.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.66 km (1.1 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
284 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 4 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
smart tv with netflix and comfortable lounge furniture
had a nice modern atmosphere with a nice kitchen/living room
great place to stay warm and comfortable
always clean and very modern
modern and always very clean
absolutely wonderful space beautifully cleaned lots of space perfect place to stay in timaru
lots of space comfortable and clean
clean and tidy warm with lots of heating options
great host very helpful and thoughtful
great host and loads of room
the owner sam was responsive and helpful
great apartment with lovely hosts who checked in to see if we needed anything
he was incredibly responsive to our questions and helped us out during our stay
great very quiet location nice and close to town
good location close to supermarket and not too far from town and caroline bay
great place to stay location close to town
the house is extremely nice a very fancy get away thats close to everything you need
it's a great place if you wanna get away for the weekend
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8. Small yet self-contained guest suite (from USD 42)

This sparkling clean, independent, and private guest suite is located about a five-minute drive from the center of Timaru. With its size and arrangement, two guests can pleasantly share the rental. Upon arrival, you’ll be provided with tea, coffee, and milk.

At your service is a friendly host who is fast to respond to your messages. Also, make the most of the herb garden, well-stocked kitchen, and outdoor patio while staying here.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
2.07 km (1.3 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
174 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is even s back deck with table & chairs which we didn't have the chance to enjoy
very comfortable stay super clean and all basic amenities provided
my stay was very comfortable n homely feeling
super clean and tidy place
we found the rooms very clean and comfortable
perfect stay clean and confortable
judy's unit was very clean quiet and well organised
it's clean quiet and very comfy
host is very kind
she was a considerate and communicative host
nice quiet accommodation lovely host
judy was a great host making us feel very welcome
great host and good value for money
a lovely place to stay to relax close to all you need and very central
close to city centre and easy to find
judy’s place is a lovely space which is ideal for anyone visiting timaru
easy to get to by car so a good place to stop on the way to christchurch
a great place to stay
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9. Green Door Studio (from USD 79)

Green Door Studio, a contemporary guest suite that sleeps four guests, is ready to offer a restful retreat in Timaru. It has a minimalist interior design and features amenities such as a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. Timaru’s central business district is a five-minute walk away.

Despite being found in a central part of the city, the surrounding area is quiet, so you can unwind in a noise-less environment. Aside from that, four-legged friends are allowed in the guest suite.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
320 meters (0.2 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
254 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 4 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was comfy and the generous amount of space was fantastic
really nice touches with coffee breakfast bits and pieces good cooking facilities
great kiwiana touches and breakfast stuff
the apartment is perfect for a small family
very cool space fab shower warm and toasty and yummy breakfast provisions
very clean and well decorated
very clean & tidily presented
had a great stay in this clean and comfy house
sunny warm clean and inviting
what a gem sparkling clean and fantastically decorated
the hosts and this place were excellent
loved our stay here really appreciated how accomodating the host was with our puppy
stylishly decorated thoughtful touches kind hosts and easy walking distance to sights and restaurants
jane and pete are amazing hosts and the bnb is stylish comfy and super clean
fantastic stay with excellent hosts in a really well thought out spacious and creative environment
great spot close to caroline bay
walking distance to the beautiful local park and beach
easy walk to caroline bay & town center
great location & really lovely comfortable place to stay
great place to say central to everything and you will be well looked after in this place
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10. Fully furnished abode with Wi-Fi

Comfort and privacy meet at this two-bedroom house. Accommodating up to three guests, it has a considerate and friendly host. For an uninterrupted rest, the house is tucked in a quiet neighborhood with little or no traffic day and night.

You can carry out some extra work to this rental and make good use of its free and unlimited Wi-Fi as well as the cozy workspace. To unwind, you can watch movies or stream music on the smart TV.

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Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
1.37 km (0.9 mi) from Caroline Bay Association
111 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
new and modern with very comfortable furniture and beds
susan's lovely townhouse is new well equipped quiet warm and very comfortable
very clean & modern
clean and great shower
the townhouse was spotlessly clean on arrival
the place was very clean warm and exactly as described
well equipped and super clean
lovely host
susan is an amazing host and checks on you to make sure you are good
susan was a most hospitable host thank you
susan was a fabulous host very communicative friendly and professional
lovely host and perfect for a get away
a great location in a quiet street
the bed was extremely comfortable and location very good
lovely place to stay -highly recommend
we stayed for three weeks and found it very easy and close to everything
susans house is fantastic modern warm and close handy to everything in timaru
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Enjoy the charming port city of Timaru

Most travelers skip visiting Timaru not knowing that the city has charming delights for tourists of all ages. If you choose to spend a night or two in the port city, stay in any of the above Airbnb vacation rentals to experience the region’s outstanding hospitality.

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