Wild wonders await those who opt for a vacation in this beautiful corner of New Zealand’s South Island. The finger-like inlet of Akaroa Harbour - the flooded caldera of a long-extinct volcano - is home to a menagerie of beautiful wildlife. This includes the penguin colony of Flea Bay, as well as the rare Hector’s dolphin, which is a particular highlight for those who take one of the village’s wildlife cruises. The natural charms of the spectacular hills surrounding this waterway also make for good walking country. And those who prefer cultural attractions will find much to enjoy in The Giants House and the village’s Maori museum. And whatever the reason for visiting, there are plenty of top Airbnbs in Akaroa, as well as ways to discover the area. Check them out below.
Romantic settings for a couple’s retreat don’t come much more spellbinding than this coastal studio Akaroa holiday rental, which enjoys jaw-dropping views from its elevated position on a hill overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Indeed, its outdoor hot tub pool and open air deck, which are both shared with another property run by the host, make the very most of this beautiful vista. Unsurprisingly, past guests raved about the “beautiful”, “stunning” and “gorgeous” setting. Amenities include an en-suite bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi access, satellite TV and free on-site parking. The village of Akaroa itself is also just a short drive to the north - meaning you won’t have far to travel for wildlife cruises and the like.
Top guest reviewsview from the room is breathtakingwe loved the stunning views and the comfy bedstunning views of the mountain and the water from the roomthe view from our room is absolutely gorgeousamazing view in room that we just can't move off our eyessuper clean and welcomingclean comfy and with beautiful viewsthe studio was cleanthe studio room was very cleanclean tidy lovely and cozy room with everything you need plus some tasty home made cookies
Host:jenny and john are outstanding hostsjenny and john are fantastic hostsjenny and john are fantastic hosts along with their gorgeous dogsjohn and jenny are fabulous hostsjohn was a wonderful friendly host and made sure we were always comfortableRead more reviewsabsolutely stunning house and locationfantastic location very comfortable and great hoststhis place is just one little paradisethe spa was amazing too incredibly peaceful location but still very easy to drive into townwe loved the woodills walk and the drive to okains bay and little akaloa bay
Couples traveling to Akaroa, New Zealand are welcome to book a few nights or so at Julia’s lovely flat. With some of the best scenic views, convenient location, and privacy in the area, guests are bound to enjoy this part of Akaroa as it is a bright and well lit flat where couples or guests of two can still explore the downtown area as it is walking distance from the property. Guests can just walk to the nearest cafes, restaurants, and other shops locals frequent. They will also have access to heating, hot water, Wifi, and free parking for those who took a road trip up. There is also a TV for guests who like to stay entertained with current events and pop culture musings. Julia’s space is best for those who plan to be out most of their trip as there are no cooking tools or facilities in the flat, just basic breakfast equipment like a coffee maker. Laundry service is also available upon request but will expect a fee on the second load. Book Julia’s simple yet charming space for a weekend or so and see Akaroa the right way, from a local perspective and space.
Top guest reviewsthe view was phenomenal and they kindly provide a table & chairs to relax and enjoy the viewthe stylish room has a stunning view overlooking the baybeautiful view comfortable roombeautiful room and gorgeous viewamazing room with an amazing viewthe listing was clean and quietvery clean good communication; a lovely timeroom was very clean cosy and tidythe flat was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortablejulia's place is clean and bright
Host:our hosts were really lovely and responsive as welljulia our host was greatshe greeted us when we came in and was very nice and hospitableawesome spot great host- thanksjulie was a wonderful host with helping me source flowers for a wedding and informations on local restaurantsRead more reviewsthe house’s location is perfectthe location is perfect good 3 minutes drive to city centerotherwise lovely room and locationincredible view tough location if walking friendly hostessa wonderful place to stay
If cozying up in a rustic cabin surrounded by jasmine and honeysuckle and close to the bubbling waters of a stream sounds like your idea of heaven, then this wooden hut in Akaroa will be right up your street. One of several huts and rooms on the site which have charmed former guests, this one or two-person property may be small and have no electricity, but its candle-lit interior manages to pack in a private bathroom, charming veranda and an indoor stove fire on which you can fry up a tasty treat or two. There is also an outdoor fire pit. The wider site includes a Kiwi hot tub that can be booked out. Akaroa’s eateries and waterfront are just 25 minutes away on foot, or two by car.
Top guest reviewsbeautiful flowers and candles everywhere the bed was comfy and lots of blankets to keep us warmit was a great mix of being within nature but also very comfortablethe hut is very cozy; lynnie is a treatthe place is such a character the bed is incredibly comfortablethe clean wild river was close to the hut making sleep so tranquil
Host:lynnie was a great hostlynnie is a great hostlynnie was a perfect host so welcoming and friendlylynnie is a wonderful host and larger than lifelynnie was a very warm chatty and generous host and we enjoyed her company and hospitality immenselyRead more reviewscute and quirky place right on the riverbeside the wonderful location it's unique in every waygreat walks close by and an exceptional hostlovely relaxing place in the wilderness but not far from town centreit is a nice short walk into town as well
Right at the center of Akaroa lies The Studio owned by locals Jackie and Mark who host a cozy and stylish studio for travelers and tourists visiting Akaroa. This cute and comfy apartment has a queen-size bed, air conditioning, heating, TV, Wifi, and free parking on the premises. Bathroom essentials are provided, as well as access to the kitchenette where basic cooking and heating utilities are available for use. Guests can make simple breakfast or heat food in the microwave, store food in the fridge or make coffee on the coffee pot. The closest restaurants, cafes, and shops are all walking distance from the apartment, which guests won’t have a hard time locating. The view from the studio composes of the serene and stunning lake of Akaroa Harbour, where locals sit and relax at the park front during long afternoons.
Top guest reviewsthe bathroom amenities were particularly good qualityjackie & mark’s ground floor apartment is perfect for a couple in size and amenitieslovely little apartment with great amenities and a prefect locationawesome space right in the centre or town with a super comfy bedvery clean and modern apartmentv clean and well appointedvery clean and comfortablesuper clean and tidyvery beautiful and clean studio
Host:hosts super helpful as wellquick response from host and excellent communicationsuch a helping hostthe hosts were very responsive and provided detailed check in information on the appwould definitely stay again and recommend jackie and mark as hosts to anyone traveling in nzRead more reviewsfantastic location with everything close bywonderful location in the middle of everythinglovely spot close to the sea and within walking distance of all shops and restaurantsgood location and nice and tidyclose to nice restaurants and a beautiful harbour
Located in Barry’s Bay, an inlet at the head of Akaroa Harbour, this private villa room will be perfect for couples or solo travelers. Set in a beautiful late 19th-century villa, this Akaroa accommodation on Airbnb features beautiful decor for a true home-from-home feeling. What’s more, each of its five bedrooms can be booked out - not just the one room in this entry - opening up the possibility that you may be able to accommodate a larger group by arrangement with the host. The building features a large kitchen, as well as shared dining, lounge and garden area - the latter’s hammocks making for a great place to unwind. Those eager to explore the bay’s waters will also be able to hire out kayaks from the hosts.
Top guest reviews2 rooms have a view of the sea and their garden looks greatthe flowers are divine and the room we stayed in was extremely comfortablecomfortable and lovely room in an old farm house surrounded by a beautiful english cottage style gardenthis is a beautiful property with an authentic and charming farmhouse providing very comfortable accommodationbig kitchen for guests to self-cater very cleaneverything was very clean and comfortableclean bathrooms and beautiful propertyeverything was clean and other guests were pleasantvery clean and great locationeverything is very clean and the garden outside is beautiful
Host:lovely home in lovely setting and great hostthe hosts were friendly and informativei really appreciated the attentive hospitality of my hostscornelius and margo were wonderful hosts friendly and informativecornelius was a wonderful host super friendly lots of helpful advice/info for things to doRead more reviewsthe location is breathtaking and right in the middle of a truly fantastic area of new zealandbeautiful house and garden in a uniquely scenic locationthe setting is great near the shore surrounded by mountains and close to akaroathe house and garden are both faacinating and the location by the bay is superblocation is a very quick and easy delivery into town
Slightly larger families or small groups may wish to consider this three-bedroom holiday cottage, which can sleep up to seven people. Set on a quiet street within easy reach of Akaroa’s village amenities and beach, this popular Airbnb’s location was one of the top selling points among former guests, who gave it top marks in this category and were impressed at the array of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. This Akaroa holiday house comes equipped with full kitchen and interior dining space, but also enjoys a front deck with space to dine al fresco, should you wish. Other amenities include indoor fire, laundry facilities, TV and wi-fi.
Top guest reviewsthe beds are comfortable and especially the bathroom look new and is very niceit's a warm comfortable place with everything we needed need for our weekend in akaroaloved the colourful interior cozy and tidy roomsthe place is clean quiet and convenientthe house was very clean on arrivalher place was clean and well stockedreal kiwi bach clean and tidyvery clean comfortable beds well equipped and spacious
Host:annette is a great hostlovely family friendly home with a warm cozy fireplaceannette is very kind and the house is very goodRead more reviewscute set up with great locationgreat little place walking distance from everythingso close to town and such a cute cottageexcellent location for staying at akaroagreat location nice and spacious
Ideally situated close to Akaroa’s range of restaurants, its waterfront and cinema, this highly rated two-bedroom apartment will be perfect for families or couples who wish to be within easy reach of local amenities. What’s more, its ground-floor setting in a side street close to the harbour will suit those with mobility issues. The Akaroa holiday home comes with kitchen, wi-fi internet, TV and its own dedicated parking spot - should you plan on using a car to get to and from your digs during your stay. The property’s “fantastic location” close to the water and its “modern” facilities earned it top marks from former guests.
Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.17 km (20.0 mi) from Christchurch GondolaSuperhost
Top guest reviewseverything worked plenty of hot water and strong wifi good location near local amenities and free parking spaceloved the light chocolate berry muffins plus staples in the kitchencompact comfortable apartment which was spacious for 3 adults for 2 nightsthe beds are warm and comfortableclean and comfortablewarm and very cleansuper tidy and clean and very comfythe apartment was clean and welcominglovely and clean and nice touches
Host:host very kind and responsivemandy is a wonderful hostwonderful and thoughtful host very helpfullovely place to stay great and fast responding hostcomfortable and cosy very helpful hostsRead more reviewsgreat location walking distance to everythinggreat location and ver comfortablegreat location in a beautiful placeclose easy access to own car parkwonderful apartment in the best location
This light and airy three-bedroom property, which is split over three levels, is situated in the heart of Akaroa village and can accommodate up to six guests - making it a real possibility for families keen to be close to local amenities. It comes complete with a spacious open plan living room and fully equipped kitchen. Two of the floors have deck areas - including the living room, which enjoys a view of the harbour and local hills. There is also a TV and wi-fi access - the latter of which will come in useful for those who wish to stay connected during their vacation.
Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.26 km (20.1 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
Top guest reviewsfresh muffins on late arrival heater and lights on for usbeds were super comfy and decks were perfect for sunny eveningswarm cosy and comfortable beds and living areas to spread out inthe top room with skylight is lovely for looking at the stars at nightvery clean and homelyvery clean with comfy beds and lovely linen and towels providedspotlessly clean well equipped and comfortablevery clean and beds were extremely comfortablea very comfortable and clean apartment
Host:mandy is a great hostmandy was a wonderful host and lovely to communicate withthe hosts were very helpful going above and beyondthank you for hosting usmandy was a great host very generous and responsiveRead more reviewsgreat location really close to everythingthe location was amazing so close to the main streetgreat location handy to everythinggreat location in the centre of the villagebeautiful apartment in a great location
This fantastically well-reviewed flat would make for a great holiday home-from-home for families - its two bedrooms being capable of sleeping up to four people. What’s more its location right next to the harbour means those who opt for it will be perfectly placed for wildlife cruises. Indeed, its prime location was a particular high point among former guests. Naturally its central location also places it within easy reach for fish and chips and other culinary delights in the local eateries. Those who prefer to dine in with the family will find the flat’s kitchen very useful. Other amenities include cable TV, laundry facilities and wi-fi access.
32.31 km (20.1 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
Enjoying stunning views across the harbour from its elevated position in the village, this private double room will make a great spot for a romantic getaway. Breakfast is supplied by the host, and guests also have access to the kitchen - although those who prefer to dine out will find plenty of restaurant options within easy walking distance. Other amenities include a TV and wi-fi internet. Former guests gave the property top marks across the board, with several praising their wonderful stay, the “fantastic, welcoming hosts” and the lovely views.
Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.54 km (20.3 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
Beautiful coastal views are also on the cards for guests who opt for this two-bedroom house at the southern end of Akaroa village. Capable of sleeping up to four people, it is perfect for families. And, whatever the weather, you’ll be able to make the most of the view - whether that be from the spacious terrace or through the French doors of the living area. Amenities include air conditioning, full kitchen - should you prefer to whip up something tasty to enjoy on the terrace - laundry facilities, TV and wi-fi. Former guests loved the property, giving it top marks for its lovely setting, as well as for cleanliness and value for money.
Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.38 km (20.2 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
Top guest reviewsviews are spectacular and cottage is really comfortableamazing views comfortable accommodationvery private & comfortable with stunning viewsbeautiful a little cottage frenchy gorgeous sea view and cozya very stylish but cosy and comfortable cottage with simply stunning views of akaroa harbourvery clean and nice gardenthe cottage is clean comfortable and well fitted outgreat local tips private very cleanit is very warm sunny well decorated and cleanthe cottage was clean and welcoming stylish and of a good standard throughout
Host:the accommodation is very private and well screened from the owners house behindrosie is a great host unobtrusive but available and helpful when we needed to contact herrosie was a lovely attentive host and had some good suggestions for food shopping etcrosie was a very friendly and hospitable host and her tips for local restaurants etcRead more reviewslocation is perfect as just a short walk out of townperfect location for accessing the sights of akaroalovely location and lovely house to stay ina lovely gentle walk into the center of townquiet and an easy walk to town
If it’s a tranquil and beautiful country setting you’re after then this private bed and breakfast room may be the ideal choice. It’s located in a property just a kilometer (0.6 mi) or so to the north of Akaroa in nearby Takamatua - meaning you won’t be far from amenities and local attractions. The spacious room, which is ideal for couples but can accommodate up to four people thanks to an extra sofa bed, also comes with its own external door onto a lovely patio - perfect for taking in the country air. Amenities include air conditioning - for a comfortable night’s sleep - wi-fi access, TV and free on-site parking.
Takamatua, Canterbury, New Zealand
31.37 km (19.5 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
Top guest reviewsfresh flowers everywhere in a glorious roomthe breakfast spread prepared by her was gorgeousbeautiful garden to sit in breakfast delicious and lots of little extra touchesthe house is comfortable and copiously decorated with fresh flowers and di's beautiful art worksdi provides tea & coffee & making facilities in the room as well as a generous breakfasthouse is neet clean and artistically beautifulthe room is clean and comfortableperfect place clean lovely quiet and peacefulthe room is clean comfortable and full of artistic treatour bedroom was nice warm and clean
Host:di was the perfect hostdi is a wonderful hostdi is the perfect hostdi is a wonderful host who went above and beyond for usdi is a friendly and welcoming hostRead more reviewsgreat location as it's only 5mins drive to towndelicious breakfast beautiful rural location and only 5 mins drive from akaroa townit is very close to akaroa with quite and gorgeous environmentdi's place was breathtakingly beautiful nestled in the foothills near akaroait was a truly amazing staying the place is stunning really a fairy tale location
An excellent range of options
This beautiful location has proven popular with many tourists, and sparked a wide array of Airbnb vacation rentals to cater to this demand. So, whatever your accommodation needs, you’ll likely find the perfect option in the area around Akaroa.
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