Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Great Barrier Island, New Zealand - Updated 2023

airbnb Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s only National Marine Park is in the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf and is 90 km (55.9 mi) from Auckland City. It is described as a world away from your typical holiday destination since 70 percent of its territory is a protected Conservation Park. Moreover, it is considered a Dark Sky Sanctuary, which means it has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, cultural heritage, and, more importantly, public enjoyment. Could this be your next destination away from all the nightlights in the city? If it is, then check out this list of top Airbnb vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand!

1. WaiOra Beach Retreat, Medlands Beach (from USD 118)

WaiOra is a beachfront accommodation where you can rent a private room for five people. It is a spacious two-bedroom eco-retreat and family home where you can choose between the guest room or the self-contained Garden Chalet, which was designed for a complete beach house experience. It features an off-grid power system supplied mostly by solar panels. The large front deck is a great place to grab a cup of coffee or tea while the back deck will give you a private access to the guest bedroom and the garden. Staying here will make you feel like you are living within nature, not just surrounded by it.

WaiOra Beach Retreat, Medlands Beach
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
84 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in home 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was lovely having a swim before having breakfast on vicky’s nice deck space
bedroom with king bed homely sunny and pleasant to be in
the breakfasts were yummy with plenty of options
the room is also very comfortable to stay
the bed was huge and super comfortable
the house is comfortable attractive and clean
her room is clean and feels a lot like home
we stayed in the main house in a lovely clean room
a lovely host helpful in every way and a spotless clean acommodation
super great location nice and clean she made us tea and guided us to all the right places
vicky is an incredible host who is very welcoming kind generous and makes you feel at home instantly
vicky was a wonderful helpful host
awesome host best beach on gb and lovely modern home
vicky is a great host warm welcoming and caring
vicky is a lovely host she is very friendly and welcoming
excellent location for beach access
the location is perfect right on a sweeping beautiful beach
property is in a good location for exploring both sides of the island
great place to stay with an excellent beach very close by
vicky’s place is really well situated close to the airport and right across the road from a stunning beach
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2. Fabulous private experience (from USD 188)

“A small, funky Californian bungalow” is how the host describes this private mini-estate that is only a few minutes from Medlands Beach. If you search for the Great Barrier Island from the air, you can see the property and some of the nearby spots you can visit. The place can comfortably fit up to four guests with its two bedrooms. Furthermore, solar panels, heating systems, WiFi, and an indoor fireplace are some of the amenities guests can enjoy. The place is remote yet very accessible, so you will not have a hard time settling in.

Fabulous Private Experience
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
76 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this is a well-equipped private and comfortable house
great communication with owner and beautifully clean
elliot is a fabulous host and ensures that everything is arranged and ready
would highly recommend this spot the host even gave us some kingfish for dinner
elliot was also very helpful the whole time
shane who manages the property was wonderful helpful professional friendly
thanks very much for being so helpful and friendly elliot
close to medlands beach which is awesome
great location private and beautifully presented
the location is fantastic just a short trip to the beach
it is in a great location close to the beach
awesome location 2 minutes from the best beach (medlands)
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3. The Blue Bayou (from USD 128)

Built in 2006, this entire house gives off a comfortable and warm ambiance inside and out. From its warm decorations on the inside to the large deck outside, this house that was built for the purpose of both work and play will let you make the most of your experience in Aotea. A group of five friends or family members will enjoy a small oven, griller, good phone coverage, and a great set of speakers. The place also has a child-safe environment with dangerous places like the deck or stairs having gates to keep the children away just in case they stray beyond the observation of parents. This is overall a safe accommodation for friends and family who have kids.

The Blue Bayou
47 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable with a huge deck
luckily lots of extra blankets available for beds
this was a nice clean home with a easy check in
the blue bayou was accurately described clean roomy and comfortable
jo was a wonderful host and i would definitely recommend :)
communication throughout was great and it was a pleasure to host you
recommend anyone booking on gbi makes sure the owner can ensure basic water supply
good fishing close to the accommodation
safe swimming beach close by a 3- 5 min walk away
it is a short walk to the beach and near some great walks
good location on the west side of great barrier island
good home in a good location - near a beautiful beach
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4. Tiki cabin on Fantasy Island (from USD 159)

This cabin was carefully designed for single guests or couples who want to have a great time! A sunny studio cabin allows you to be greeted directly by beautiful rays of sunshine and a stunning view across the harbor and out to the sea. It offers a small bar fridge to keep cool drinks and an on-site breakfast that is available for extra charge. You can explore several restaurants, bars, and cafes that are within walking distances.

Tiki Cabin at Fantasy Island
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
74 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
would recommend there cooked breakfast as wel
our visit included breathe-taking views wonderful accommodations gorgeous gardens a delicious breakfast and access to pristine isolated beaches
the breakfast was also really good and would 100% stay again
the room was clean and had everything we needed
great hospitality and very friendly hosts
adam & peter were great hosts
adam and peter were great hosts
adam and peter were so welcoming and kind
adam and peter are great hosts and nothing was too much trouble
the studio is located in a great location near shops and beaches
the location is great too for exploring the island
a highly recommended location for exploring great barrier
close to the best irish pub in the world and the best beach on the island
an amazing luxury cabin set in a stunning location a+++ hospitality
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5. The Bach at Okupu (from USD 142)

The Bach has decks that open out to views of Okupu. This two-bedroom cottage, which can accommodate up to four guests, is surrounded by native bush, making the place blend in with nature. It is also surrounded by many beaches and tracks, so you will have the leisure to go on beach walks, boating, fishing, and many more. Immersing yourself with nature, you can help yourself to fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden as well as two fresh eggs daily from the hen house. As requested by the host, do feed the hens food scraps so that you can continue getting those fresh eggs and entertain yourself while doing so.

The Bach @ Okupu
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
92 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views of the bay and a lovely beach where we swam before breakfast each day
the bach is a treasure of a place with a gorgeous view very comfortable bed spacious and clean
we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay
it has great views and is super close to the bay for a kayak and swim
very clean and comfortable
the house is extreamly clean
super friendly neighbours wicked hosts clean tidy and homely
sonya was a great host for a great weekend
sonya and jamie are great hosts and communication was timely and relaxed
sonya was very helpful in the lead up to our trip and a great communicator
sonya was very helpful and great to deal with
the location was perfectly situated near just about everything
a very pretty location
nice location being close to a beach and also fairly central for exploring around the island
great bach in a quiet bay close to the beach
perfect location on a very quiet place i love it
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6. Stunning Shark Alley

Do not be afraid of its name as this guesthouse, which can accommodate up to five guests, offers a beautiful view of numerous hills and the beach. Even though it has its own beach, the Medlands main beach is only a stroll away. The house is quite new and offers a comfortable space with its own deck and lawns, a well-equipped kitchen, and an outdoor griller. It also has an electric fridge despite the place being run by solar power. Hence, this guest house is full of amenities that are readily available, including equipment for water sports.

Stunning Shark Alley
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
37 reviews Superhost
Entire guesthouse 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stylish apartment with amazing views
very nice place with just about everything you need for a comfortable stay
the apartment is clean modern comfortable and beautiful
the accommodation is super clean stylish and restores the soul
the place was very clean and tastefully decorated with ample space for 5 of us
great place to stay modern clean quite awesome views
the house is clean and graham is very helpful and fast with his communications when booking
graham was a fantastic host and really helpful with local knowledge and advice
chris graham’s caretaker was so helpful and accommodating to our requests
he gave us helpful local tips
graham was great to deal with and very helpful if we had any queries
graham was helpful and relaxed
great location lovely place to visit
best location on the island for a quiet beach escape
graham is close by and very helpful when needed however we had all the privacy we wanted
graham's place was very comfortable and chirs was great on arrival to show us around
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7. Tāne Cabin on Fantasy Island

This is another cabin on Fantasy Island that is very similar to the one listed in number 4. However, thinking about the name it has been given, you will have a better understanding of the place. In Māori mythology, Tāne is the god of forests and birds and the son of Ranginui and Papatūanuku, the sky father and earth mother who lie in a tight embrace. The name itself means “man” signifying the importance of fertility. The place is good for two people who enjoy being near restaurants, bars, and cafes. It also has an extensive landscaped gardens for nature walks around the place–truly a couple’s paradise!

Tāne Cabin at Fantasy Island
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
62 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
the cabins were clean and had very comfortable beds
the room is tidy clean well-organized well-themed cozy and cute
adam and peter were awesome hosts
also the hosts are extremely friendly and helpful
adam and peter so kind for us
awesome place highly recommend adam and peter are outstanding hosts
they are excellent hosts who will cater to your every need
the location is great too - short walk to restaurants cafe shops and beach
only a short walk to the store and a charming irish pub
just superb location views hospitality and accommodation
totally cool guys with an amazing place
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8. Starry nights in tranquil Whangaparapara

For stargazers and “nocturnal” people, this entire apartment offers views that stretch up to the beautiful harbor because of its elevated location. It offers a panoramic view of the night sky that you can look at without any obstruction of trees or small hills. It is located in Whangaparapara harbor and is good for three guests who can fully utilize its well-equipped kitchen. Furthermore, the mobile phone coverage suits business travelers who do not want to lag behind work yet still enjoy the tranquil environment and activities in Whangaparapara like kayaking, paddleboarding, and so much more!

Starry Nights in tranquil Whangaparapara
Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
22 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
agnes is a very friendly host and is fairly prompt with her responses
the hosts are locals really nice people and will make sure you have a pleasant stay
agnes was a fantastic host and made herself available whenever needed
arranged a kayak for me and supplied helpful tips
agnes and rob were great hosts and made sure we had everything we could have wished for
great place to get away from it all
great location right next to wharf with magic views
there's a bunch of walks around and the village is easily accessible by car
the accommodation was basic but comfortable and in a beautiful location
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9. Sandhills beach hut

Atop an acre of land on the Medlands Beach beachfront and 200 meters (656 feet) from where the water can reach, this guesthouse will elevate the stay-in experience of four guests with its modern yet simple design. It offers basic necessities like heating, WiFi, bathing essentials, and many more. It features a storage shed for guests to use where they can borrow surfing, fishing, and tramping equipment from the hosts who live near in the main house.

Sandhills Beach Hut
8 reviews
Entire chalet 3 Beds 4 Guests

10. Romantic beach getaway

This house is located on Medlands Beach. It is set on a farmland with a private olive grove of different plants, bushes, and trees in front. From this house, it only takes a two-minute walk to get to the beach and a 10-minute drive to reach the airport and the town of Claris where you can get souvenirs and other products during your arrival or before you leave. Designed by award-winning Herbst Architects, this house is ideal for a couple or a small family of three. It has a large entertainment area, lounge dining, and kitchen. It’s an accommodation with a kind of sophistication that relaxes you during your week away from work or the city and makes your staycation worthwhile.

Aotea Bach -romantic beach getaway
8 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 3 Guests

Raw form of nature

Aotea or Great Barrier Island in New Zealand is a great place to experience nature in its raw form because it is considered a sanctuary. As such, tourists will have to be responsible for their actions and take care of the environment they immerse themselves in so that the place can be enjoyed for many generations to come. During your stay, make sure that with everything you do, you must always compromise for the benefit of yourself as well as the very place you are exploring. That is how you will see the true beauty of having a mutual respect for nature. Enjoy the raw beauty of New Zealand more by staying in one of the lovely Airbnb vacation rentals listed above!

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