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Humble Abodes: Top 20 Airbnb In New Zealand

Germaine
Posted Jun 13, 2016

Everyone knows that Airbnb provides some of the best, most unique, and reasonably-priced accommodations, so you can feel at home anywhere around the world. Additionally, New Zealand is one of the best places to visit if you want to live with a gorgeous view outside your window and wake up to the sound of birds singing in a nearby bush. Taking into account price, ratings, amenities, appearance, and host hospitality, this article presents a list of luxurious B&Bs in towns and cities of the North and South Islands. Do note that most of the listings here will be suitable for 2 people!

North Island

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1. City Apartment / own private bathroom - Wellington

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A cozy, private apartment for 2, this B&B is a modern, hip accommodation on Willis Street in Wellington. Additionally, you get to enjoy nature as you wake up to the sounds of birds singing in a lush pohutukawa tree. The apartment is within walking distances of the best restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in the city. These include the Cuba Mall, which is only 1 minute away, Courtney Place, which is 10 minutes away, Te Papa, which is 15 minutes away, and the Bresolin, a place with good food right on the doorstep.

This family-friendly apartment has 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 2 bathrooms. An equipped kitchen, breakfast, internet access, a TV, toiletries and other household essentials are provided.

Check in here any time after 2.00 pm, and check out by 11.00 am.

City Apartment / own private bathroom

Address: Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Price: from 64 USD upwards

Access: 15-minute drive from the airport

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2. Sunny Garden Studio - Auckland

Located in a beautiful secluded garden within an arty suburb, this studio is a quiet, cozy place for 2 to settle in. Rent this whole apartment, which is only 15 minutes from the CBD area, 10 minutes from the nearest supermarket, and only a minutes’ walk to bars, cafes, and shops. Just a minute away is West Lynn, a popular arty city that has organic whole foods stores, awesome cafes and eateries, bookstores, and boutiques. Head to the Community Centre in the city every Sunday to check out the farmers’ market, and perhaps pick up some fresh and tasty produce.

This studio apartment has 1 bed and 1 bathroom. Amenities include internet access, a TV, heating, a washer and dryer, toiletries, free parking, and other household essentials. The studio is also kid and family friendly, and laundry services are available upon request. Do note that the owners have a pet cat and dog.

Check in any time after 2.00 pm, and check out by 10.00 am.

Sunny Garden Studio

Address: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Price: from 61 USD upwards

Access: 10-20 minutes by bus from the city

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3. Whangaparaoa Golden Beach Paradise - Whangaparaoa

Rent this entire apartment by the beach today! Suitable for 4 people, this B&B with a great view is the perfect place to relax and admire the beautiful coasts of Auckland from your own private deck. Have a BBQ on the deck and, if you are lucky, you may be able to spot some dolphins out at sea. This accommodation is accessible from the city, and is only 2 minutes from Arkles Bay, a safe swimming beach with golden sands. Malls and movie theaters are only a 5-minute walk away.

This apartment has 2 bedrooms, with 1 king-sized bed and 1 single bed in one bedroom, and 2 single beds in the other. It is also family and kid friendly, and cots are available. Amenities include free, fast Wi-Fi, a DVD player with a collection of DVDs, an equipped kitchen, a TV, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, a washer and dryer, free parking, and other household essentials. Note that the owners live upstairs with a tame, non-shedding dog.

Check in any time after 2.00 pm and check out by 10.00 am.

Whangaparaoa Golden Beach Paradise

Address: Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand

Price: from 75 USD upwards

Access: 20 meters (65.6 feet) from transport to the city

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4. Beach front in central New Plymouth - New Plymouth

A beachfront accommodation with a view, this quiet, modern and spacious B&B is suitable for up to 12 people. Located on the famous Fitzroy Beach, which a great place to surf, this B&B is only a few minutes’ walk from cafes and restaurants, and a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the CBD. Along the beach itself, there are several good cafes and fish and chips shops, and there are other village shops near the apartment. A great hiking spot is located 30 minutes away, and Pukekura Park is only a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk away.

This family-friendly B&B has 4 bedrooms, with 8 beds in total, and 2.5 bathrooms. There is a small gym on the top floor, and surf boards, kayaks, bicycles, a computer, and printer provided for your use. Free touring around the town by the friendly hosts is available upon request. Other amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, internet access, a TV with cable channels, heating, air-conditioning, a washer and dryer, toiletries, free parking, an indoor fireplace, and breakfast. Note that smoking is not allowed within the apartment.

Beach front in central New Plymouth

Address: New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

Price: from 64 USD upwards

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5. Spacious room with tranquil garden - Hamilton

Nestled within a lovely garden, enjoy the peace and serenity the garden setting brings, as well as the convenience of being located near to the city. This private studio, comfortable for 2, has a large outdoor private deck where you can enjoy a meal beside a herb garden (which is free for you to use), and listen to the tui birds singing in the trees. Cobham Drive and Hamilton Gardens are only a 2-minute walk away, Claudelands Arena, University of Waikato, shops, and restaurants are 10 minutes away, and the Velodrome and Hamilton Airport are only 15 minutes away. The apartment is also near a bus stop.

The family-friendly studio has 1 bed and 1 bathroom. Amenities include a TV, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, a washer, free parking, Wi-Fi, other household essentials, and breakfast. There is a local Busit! card provided in the room for your use, and shuttle services can be booked online. The deck is shared with the host’s household, who live just next door, so they can always be easily contactable.

Check in any time after 3.00 pm, and check out by 11.00 am.

Spacious room with tranquil garden

Address: Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Price: from 57 USD upwards

Access: 15-minute drive from Hamilton Airport, or a less than a 2-hour shuttle from Auckland Airport

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6. Central Studio with Own Access - Raglan

This private room, which can accommodate up to 3 people, is located in a tranquil environment close to the town center. Only a 10-minute walk from the town center, this apartment is located at a convenient spot that is close to the cafes, galleries, and restaurants in the buzzing town of Raglan, as well as scenic places like Mount Kariori and a black-sand beach. At the beach, you can follow a lovely walking path along the coast that will lead you to the mountain. The bus stop is only a 2-minute walk from the apartment, making it easy to travel around. If you are a surfer, there is a great surfing spot just 8 kilometers (5 miles) from town.

There are 2 beds, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom in this private room. The outdoor deck, surrounded by a lovely garden, is shared with the hosts. Amenities include a well-equipped kitchenette (but no stove tops), Wi-Fi, free parking, heating, a washer, toiletries, and other household essentials. The hosts even have a friendly cat to keep you entertained. Note that this is a strictly no smoking property.

Central Studio with Own Access

Address: Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand

Price: from 47 USD onwards

Access: 2-minute walk from nearest bus stop, and 10-minute walk from the town centre

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7. Retreat with great views - Cambridge

A gorgeous house surrounded by the stunning Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, this B&B is a great getaway from the noisy city and a place where you can get up close with nature. This accommodation is ideal for 2 people, and is only 5 minutes away from Cambridge. At the house, there is a farm where you can play with the friendly goats, chickens, ducks, cats, and dogs. Moreover, this B&B is close to a myriad of attractions, including Hobbiton, Maungatautari Reserve, Pirongia, Otorohanga, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, and Taupo. Additionally, neighboring cities and towns include Raglan, Hamilton, and Tauranga.

The guest room has 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. The friendly hosts live under the same roof, so they are easily reachable if needed. The vegetable garden, fully-equipped kitchen, and dining and seating areas are all available for your use. Other amenities include toiletries, heating, a washer and dryer, free parking, and Wi-Fi. The house is also family, kid, and pet friendly.

Retreat with great views

Address: Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand

Price: from 51 USD upwards

Access: 30-minute walk from the town center

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8. Jennie's In Whitianga - Blue Room - Whitianga

A lovely private room for 2, this B&B listing is a scenic place within walking distances of beaches, shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Moreover, this is a great place to stay at if you are visiting the islands such as The Coromandel, a dazzling island with sparkling beaches, clear cerulean blue waters, and exotic caves called Cathedral Cove. If you just want to be close to the sea, this listing is also close to Opito and Otama Beaches.

This B&B comprises 1 bedroom, 1 bed, and 1 bathroom. There is a lounge with coffee and tea making facilities. If there are other guests staying in the apartment, the bathroom and lounge may need to be shared. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, parking, a continental breakfast each morning, toiletries, a washer and dryer, heating, and household essentials. This property is family and kid friendly.

Check in any time after 2.00 pm, and check out before 10.00 am.

Jennie's In Whitianga - Blue Room

Address: Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand

Price: from 61 USD upwards

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9. Two Trees Bed and Breakfast - Paihia

Absolutely the best place in Paihia. The place was clean, homely and situated in the center of everywhere...not to mention that it is less than a minute or two from the beach. All amenities are catered for that we needed. Anna and Walter are extremely friendly and kind people and are always happy to help in any way. Thank you for the amazing time and for your kindness. Very highly recommended.Bethan

If you are seeking some peace and quiet, look no further! This private room, accommodating 2, is a little private sanctuary away from the busy cities. Despite being away from the buzz, this B&B is still within walking distance of restaurants and shops for your convenience,

At a reasonable price, the rooms include your own private patio where you can have a lovely outdoor meal, access to a beautiful garden, 1 bed in 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, parking, a TV, and breakfast every morning to start your day. No charge is included if there are extra people staying at the property.

Two Trees Bed and Breakfast

Address: Paihia, Northland, New Zealand

Price: from 86 USD upwards

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10. Plum Tree Apartment. Fully self-con - Russell

Providing gorgeous views of seas and greenery, this apartment on the Bay of Islands is a quiet and scenic spot for a fully-private and independent living experience. At this B&B for 2 you have access to the entire apartment. If you want a nice hearty meal or wish to do some shopping or sightseeing, the historic Russell Village is only a 15-minute walk away. Also 15 minutes away is a pretty little beach you can lounge at, or try out the variety of beach activities available.

The apartment is fully self-contained with all the essentials you will need, and has 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. Amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, heating, free parking, and Wi-Fi.

Check in any time after 3.00 pm and check out by 10.00 am.

Plum Tree Apartment. Fully self-con

Address: Russell, Northland, New Zealand

Price: from 84 USD upwards

Access: 15-minute walk from Russell Village

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South Island

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11. Modern apartment with sea views - Christchurch

Having a modern, elegant, and classy style, this apartment for 2 is situated in Redcliffs, one of the most popular and beloved suburbs in Christchurch. Lounge around the entire apartment at this B&B, and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and estuary. This apartment is also near some of the best restaurants and cafes in the area, and only 5 minutes away from the metro bus service, making it convenient to travel around. It is a 15-minute drive from central Christchurch, and a 30-minute drive from the international airport.

Moreover, there are many neighboring attractions around this location if you enjoy outdoor activities. Just minutes away are the colourful coastal villages, beaches where you can go surfing, fishing or paddle boarding, coastal walks, and hillside walks at the Southern Alps. The Canterbury Skifields are only 90 minutes away.

This is a fully self-contained apartment that has all the essentials you will need, but the hosts live nearby so they are easily contactable. Within the apartment there is 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom.

Check out by 11.00 am.

Modern apartment with sea views

Address: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Price: from 85 USD onwards

Access: 30 minutes’ drive from the international airport

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12. Home away from home - Ashburton

Feel at home in a private room for 2 at this rustic, 100-year-old villa! After undergoing extensive restoration by the owners, this lovely house is large and spacious, and has its own garden. In a convenient location, the house is only an hour away from the airport, and 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the town center, where you can find restaurants, cafes, and shops. If you like skiing, Mount Huff Skifield is only 15 minutes away.

This B&B consists of 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. Amenities include a well-equipped kitchen, free parking, Wi-Fi, a TV, toiletries, heating, a washer, a cozy indoor fireplace, and breakfast every morning that includes coffee and tea. This property is family and pet friendly.

Home away from home

Address: Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand

Price: from 44 USD upwards

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13. Blue Heron House - Kaikoura

Also a 100-year-old villa that has been restored, this lovely house is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stay in a private room for 2 in this house, which is only a 10-minute walk from the town center. The house is only 80 meters (262.5 feet) from the sea if you are hoping to have some fun in the sun, and a few minutes’ walk from Dolphin Encounter. The Kaikoura Peninsula track that will bring you to scenic spots is just across the street.

The house has 2 separate rooms available for separate bookings. Each room has 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. The lounge, where you can find coffee and tea making facilities, is shared with the other guests. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, parking, a TV, heating, and breakfasts in the morning. Do note that this house is strictly for adults only, and there are no cooking facilities. However, there is a multitude of take-away options provided.

Check in any time after 2.00 pm, and check out by 10.00 am.

Blue Heron House

Address: Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand

Price: from 86 USD upwards

Access: 10-15 minutes away from the town center by foot

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14. Million Dollar Views Queenstown - Queenstown

Truly a location with a million dollar view, this apartment has panoramic views of beautiful lakes and mountains. Perfect for a family of 4 looking for accommodation in a peaceful place, this B&B allows access to the entire apartment, and is extremely convenient for shops and restaurants. It is also close to some skifields and amazing sightseeing destinations.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 queen-sized bed and 2 single beds, and 1 bathroom.

Amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen, a washing machine and dryer, a TV, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, free parking, and other household essentials. This estate is family and kid friendly.

It is a 24 hour check in, but preferable check in times are after 2.00 pm. Check out before 10.00 am.

Million Dollar Views Queenstown

Address: Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

Price: from 93 USD onwards

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15. joy@ians place - Wanaka

Spacious, comfortable, and quiet, this B&B offers a private room accommodating 2 people. It is located in a scenic and convenient location, and town is only a 10-minute walk away. Admire the grand mountain views right outside the windows.

This B&B consists of 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. Rooms have their own private entrance, making them more secluded and convenient. Amenities include an exceptionally spacious area to store your bags and skis, a TV, continental breakfasts, toiletries, heating, a washer, free parking, and Wi-Fi. Kitchen appliances and facilities are available upon request, which include a microwave, fridge, and coffee and tea making facilities. Smoking is allowed on the property, but only outside the apartment. There is no charge if you are traveling with extra people.

joy@ians place

Address: Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Price: from 72 USD upwards

Access: 10-minute walk to the town center

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16. Avon View Retreat - Oamaru

Accommodating up to 6 people, this beautiful retreat, where you have access to the entire apartment, is surrounded by gorgeous views. The apartment sits on a hill, where you can get panoramic views of the sea and Oamaru Harbour, and it is between colonies of yellow-eyed and blue penguins. The property is also within walking distance of historic sites, cafes, and restaurants. Some attractions nearby include King George Park, a bird sanctuary, the Aquatic Centre, and the Steampunk playground. A few minutes away is a trail that leads up to a lookout point where amazing sights await. To the south, Kakanui is a 10-minute drive away, and the Moeraki Boulders are 35 minutes away.

The apartment includes 3 beds, 2 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom. The hosts live just upstairs, thus they are easily reachable. Amenities include a lounge with a TV, a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, oven, toaster, kettle, utensils, and coffee and tea making facilities, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, a washer, free parking, Wi-Fi, and other household essentials. This is a family-friendly apartment.

Check in between 3.00 pm and 10.00 pm, and check out by 11.00 am.

Avon View Retreat

Address: Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand

Price: from 98 USD upwards

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17. Large Sunny Studio in Cedar Loft - Dunedin

This very private, cozy, and quiet studio, perfect for a small family, is located on the Broad Bay waterfront, where great views can be seen from the windows. Accommodating 3 people, this self-contained place allows access to the entire apartment, and the friendly hosts live just next door. Only 20 minutes from town, the apartment is located close to many of the peninsula’s attractions, including Lanarch Castle, which is a 10-minute drive or 25-minute walk away. The beach nearby is teeming with wildlife and has plenty of history.

The apartment has 2 beds, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. You will also have access to a veggie garden, flower garden, a barbecue pit, and a deck where you can enjoy a meal with a view. Amenities include a kitchen area with an oven, fridge, microwave, toaster, hotplates and utensils, free dishwashing services, Wi-Fi, parking, a TV, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, a washer and dryer, and other household essentials.

Check in any time after 3.00 pm and check out by 11.00 am

Large Sunny Studio in Cedar Loft

Address: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Price: from 61 USD upwards

Access: 20 minutes from the town center

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18. ArrowRock Nelson City Waterfront 1 - Nelson

This apartment, which is suitable for 2 and where the entire home is accessible, is a scenic and spacious accommodation. It is only an 8-minute walk to Tahuna Beach and beachside restaurants, and 4 minutes to the city center.

The apartment consists of 1 bed, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a spacious lounge, and a huge balcony where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and parking, a TV with cable channels, fridge, microwave, kettle, barbecue pit, coffee and tea making facilities, a washing machine, toiletries, heating, air-conditioning, and other household essentials. Smoking is only allowed outside of the apartment,

Check in after 2.00 pm and check out by 11.00 am

ArrowRock Nelson City Waterfront 1

Address: Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand

Price: from 92 USD upwards

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19. Beautiful Character Bungalow - Blenheim

Only a 2-minute walk from the town center, this private room in a gorgeous, sunny, and cozy bungalow is perfect for 2 guests. Restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets, and other shops are only a few minutes’ walk away.

The private room consists of 1 bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. The bathroom may have to be shared with other guests if they booked the other rooms. Moreover, each room has access to a large, private garden. Amenities include a well-equipped kitchen to prepare your meals, a TV, toiletries, heating, a washer and dryer, free parking and Wi-Fi, an indoor fireplace, a pool, and continental breakfasts in the morning. This property is family and kid friendly.

Check in any time after 2.00 pm and checkout by 11.00 am

Beautiful Character Bungalow

Address: Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

Price: from 72 USD upwards

Access: 2-minute walk to the town center

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20. Lincoln Cottage - Picton

Perfect for 2, this private room is a lovely spot to enjoy some peace and quiet. The hosts also consistently receive exceptional feedback for their wonderful hospitality. The cottage is only a 10-minute walk from Picton’s town center, so restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, and shops are within easy reach.

The private room consists of 1 double bed, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. You will have access to a large sundeck with a beautiful garden. Amenities include a TV, heating, a washer, free parking and Wi-Fi, and breakfasts thoughtfully prepared by the hosts. Note that cooking facilities are not available to guests.

Check in after 4.00 pm and check out by 10.00 am

Lincoln Cottage

Address: Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

Price: from 67 USD onwards

Access: 10-minute walk from the town center

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Putting the zeal in New Zealand

If you want to experience the best of New Zealand, staying in a B&B is the best way to go. Moreover, all of the listings here have warm and friendly hosts to attend to most of your needs and ensure a comfortable stay with them. This is, of course, a non-exhaustive list of excellent accommodations in New Zealand. Check out Airbnb to find the perfect option for you!

Germaine is a free-spirited individual who likes to write and travel. She is also a TV junkie and an animal lover. She has been to several countries, and some of her favourites include Australia,...Read more

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