Top 12 Airbnbs In Akaroa, New Zealand - Updated 2023

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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.

1. Akaroa coastal studio with stunning views (from USD 116)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
33.09 km (20.6 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
480 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
view from the room is breathtaking
we loved the stunning views and the comfy bed
stunning views of the mountain and the water from the room
the view from our room is absolutely gorgeous
amazing view in room that we just can't move off our eyes
super clean and welcoming
clean comfy and with beautiful views
the studio was clean
the studio room was very clean
clean tidy lovely and cozy room with everything you need plus some tasty home made cookies
jenny and john are outstanding hosts
jenny and john are fantastic hosts
jenny and john are fantastic hosts along with their gorgeous dogs
john and jenny are fabulous hosts
john was a wonderful friendly host and made sure we were always comfortable
absolutely stunning house and location
fantastic location very comfortable and great hosts
this place is just one little paradise
the spa was amazing too incredibly peaceful location but still very easy to drive into town
we loved the woodills walk and the drive to okains bay and little akaloa bay
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2. Spacious and sunlit studio for two in the Lighthouse (from USD 100)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.71 km (20.4 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
437 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view was phenomenal and they kindly provide a table & chairs to relax and enjoy the view
the stylish room has a stunning view overlooking the bay
beautiful view comfortable room
beautiful room and gorgeous view
amazing room with an amazing view
the listing was clean and quiet
very clean good communication; a lovely time
room was very clean cosy and tidy
the flat was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortable
julia's place is clean and bright
our hosts were really lovely and responsive as well
julia our host was great
she greeted us when we came in and was very nice and hospitable
awesome spot great host- thanks
julie was a wonderful host with helping me source flowers for a wedding and informations on local restaurants
the house’s location is perfect
the location is perfect good 3 minutes drive to city center
otherwise lovely room and location
incredible view tough location if walking friendly hostess
a wonderful place to stay
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3. Romantic stream-side hut close to Akaroa village (from USD 65)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
33.47 km (20.8 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
210 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Hut 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful flowers and candles everywhere the bed was comfy and lots of blankets to keep us warm
it was a great mix of being within nature but also very comfortable
the hut is very cozy; lynnie is a treat
the place is such a character the bed is incredibly comfortable
the clean wild river was close to the hut making sleep so tranquil
lynnie was a great host
lynnie is a great host
lynnie was a perfect host so welcoming and friendly
lynnie is a wonderful host and larger than life
lynnie was a very warm chatty and generous host and we enjoyed her company and hospitality immensely
cute and quirky place right on the river
beside the wonderful location it's unique in every way
great walks close by and an exceptional host
lovely relaxing place in the wilderness but not far from town centre
it is a nice short walk into town as well
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4. Tasteful monochromatic studio for two in The Studio (from USD 112)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.41 km (20.2 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
199 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bathroom amenities were particularly good quality
jackie & mark’s ground floor apartment is perfect for a couple in size and amenities
lovely little apartment with great amenities and a prefect location
awesome space right in the centre or town with a super comfy bed
very clean and modern apartment
v clean and well appointed
very clean and comfortable
super clean and tidy
very beautiful and clean studio
hosts super helpful as well
quick response from host and excellent communication
such a helping host
the hosts were very responsive and provided detailed check in information on the app
would definitely stay again and recommend jackie and mark as hosts to anyone traveling in nz
fantastic location with everything close by
wonderful location in the middle of everything
lovely spot close to the sea and within walking distance of all shops and restaurants
good location and nice and tidy
close to nice restaurants and a beautiful harbour
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5. Half-moon Cottage at the head of Akaroa Harbour (from USD 89)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
25.32 km (15.8 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
240 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in villa 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
2 rooms have a view of the sea and their garden looks great
the flowers are divine and the room we stayed in was extremely comfortable
comfortable and lovely room in an old farm house surrounded by a beautiful english cottage style garden
this is a beautiful property with an authentic and charming farmhouse providing very comfortable accommodation
big kitchen for guests to self-cater very clean
everything was very clean and comfortable
clean bathrooms and beautiful property
everything was clean and other guests were pleasant
very clean and great location
everything is very clean and the garden outside is beautiful
lovely home in lovely setting and great host
the hosts were friendly and informative
i really appreciated the attentive hospitality of my hosts
cornelius and margo were wonderful hosts friendly and informative
cornelius was a wonderful host super friendly lots of helpful advice/info for things to do
the location is breathtaking and right in the middle of a truly fantastic area of new zealand
beautiful house and garden in a uniquely scenic location
the setting is great near the shore surrounded by mountains and close to akaroa
the house and garden are both faacinating and the location by the bay is superb
location is a very quick and easy delivery into town
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6. Akaroa holiday cottage for up to seven guests (from USD 98)

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.02 km (19.9 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
239 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds are comfortable and especially the bathroom look new and is very nice
it's a warm comfortable place with everything we needed need for our weekend in akaroa
loved the colourful interior cozy and tidy rooms
the place is clean quiet and convenient
the house was very clean on arrival
her place was clean and well stocked
real kiwi bach clean and tidy
very clean comfortable beds well equipped and spacious
annette is a great host
lovely family friendly home with a warm cozy fireplace
annette is very kind and the house is very good
cute set up with great location
great little place walking distance from everything
so close to town and such a cute cottage
excellent location for staying at akaroa
great location nice and spacious
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7. Harbourside ground-floor flat for up to four people

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.17 km (20.0 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
374 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire condo 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything worked plenty of hot water and strong wifi good location near local amenities and free parking space
loved the light chocolate berry muffins plus staples in the kitchen
compact comfortable apartment which was spacious for 3 adults for 2 nights
the beds are warm and comfortable
clean and comfortable
warm and very clean
super tidy and clean and very comfy
the apartment was clean and welcoming
lovely and clean and nice touches
host very kind and responsive
mandy is a wonderful host
wonderful and thoughtful host very helpful
lovely place to stay great and fast responding host
comfortable and cosy very helpful hosts
great location walking distance to everything
great location and ver comfortable
great location in a beautiful place
close easy access to own car park
wonderful apartment in the best location
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8. Three-bedroom property in the heart of Akaroa village

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.26 km (20.1 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
84 reviews  
Entire condominium 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fresh muffins on late arrival heater and lights on for us
beds were super comfy and decks were perfect for sunny evenings
warm cosy and comfortable beds and living areas to spread out in
the top room with skylight is lovely for looking at the stars at night
very clean and homely
very clean with comfy beds and lovely linen and towels provided
spotlessly clean well equipped and comfortable
very clean and beds were extremely comfortable
a very comfortable and clean apartment
mandy is a great host
mandy was a wonderful host and lovely to communicate with
the hosts were very helpful going above and beyond
thank you for hosting us
mandy was a great host very generous and responsive
great location really close to everything
the location was amazing so close to the main street
great location handy to everything
great location in the centre of the village
beautiful apartment in a great location
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9. Comfortable two-bedroom flat in an ideal 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.

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32.31 km (20.1 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
257 reviews  
Entire apartment 3 Beds 4 Guests

10. Double-bedroom in a modern house with stunning views

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.54 km (20.3 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
90 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

11. The Gardener's Cottage in Akaroa village

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.

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Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
32.38 km (20.2 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
174 reviews  
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
views are spectacular and cottage is really comfortable
amazing views comfortable accommodation
very private & comfortable with stunning views
beautiful a little cottage frenchy gorgeous sea view and cozy
a very stylish but cosy and comfortable cottage with simply stunning views of akaroa harbour
very clean and nice garden
the cottage is clean comfortable and well fitted out
great local tips private very clean
it is very warm sunny well decorated and clean
the cottage was clean and welcoming stylish and of a good standard throughout
the accommodation is very private and well screened from the owners house behind
rosie is a great host unobtrusive but available and helpful when we needed to contact her
rosie was a lovely attentive host and had some good suggestions for food shopping etc
rosie was a very friendly and hospitable host and her tips for local restaurants etc
location is perfect as just a short walk out of town
perfect location for accessing the sights of akaroa
lovely location and lovely house to stay in
a lovely gentle walk into the center of town
quiet and an easy walk to town
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12. Tranquil country retreat with lovely garden and views just outside Akaroa

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.

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Takamatua, Canterbury, New Zealand
31.37 km (19.5 mi) from Christchurch Gondola
229 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fresh flowers everywhere in a glorious room
the breakfast spread prepared by her was gorgeous
beautiful garden to sit in breakfast delicious and lots of little extra touches
the house is comfortable and copiously decorated with fresh flowers and di's beautiful art works
di provides tea & coffee & making facilities in the room as well as a generous breakfast
house is neet clean and artistically beautiful
the room is clean and comfortable
perfect place clean lovely quiet and peaceful
the room is clean comfortable and full of artistic treat
our bedroom was nice warm and clean
di was the perfect host
di is a wonderful host
di is the perfect host
di is a wonderful host who went above and beyond for us
di is a friendly and welcoming host
great location as it's only 5mins drive to town
delicious breakfast beautiful rural location and only 5 mins drive from akaroa town
it is very close to akaroa with quite and gorgeous environment
di's place was breathtakingly beautiful nestled in the foothills near akaroa
it was a truly amazing staying the place is stunning really a fairy tale location
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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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