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

airbnb Lyttelton
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Located on the South Island, very close to Christchurch, Lyttelton is a small but historic port town in New Zealand, accessed by an impressive tunnel. The colorful town is quite lively and boasts quirky cafes, restaurants and bohemian artists. Naturally, there is a local museum, which, not surprisingly, has a maritime theme, while harbor cruises depart from the town every day.

If you are lucky, you might witness the endemic Hector’s dolphins. Walking to the Port Hills is a pleasant activity since you get to admire wonderful views on your way. It is really one of these places where you can leave everything behind and just relax, enjoying spectacular views. The following best Airbnb vacation rentals in Lyttelton, New Zealand, provide a comfortable stay to use as your base, so have a look and book your splendid holiday today!

1. Sunny spacious apartment (from USD 98)

This large apartment has the capacity to comfortably accommodate four guests, however, two extra guests may fit on floor mattresses. The house comes with a comfy double bedroom, an open-plan living area with a kitchen, a dining table and another queen bed. Although the flat is on the bottom floor of a three-story house, there is full privacy, exclusive use of the outdoor spa pool, and the large deck, as well.

The highlights also include complimentary food and a bottle of champagne to enjoy on the lovely outdoor dining table, overlooking the beautiful harbor.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
672 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
two couches from which to enjoy the view and watch tv
gregor's apartment has a wonderful dreamy view it's very comfortable and spacious
view and the hot tub were awesome loved the apartment and it was more spacious than i expected
great location and very comfortable however just be aware of the steps leading down to the unit
gregor’s place was a comfortable stay for one night
house is clean and cosy
everything was clean and the spa was warm
all is clean and comfortable
the place was clean and spacious
the place itself was clean and comfortable
thank you for being such a amazing host gregor
gregor was an amazing host and was quick to respond with any questions we needed answers to
great place great host highly recommend
great place great host no complaints
very generous friendly and thoughtful host
lovely location easy to walk into town
stunning location great place to stay
great location 5 minutes walk from the town centre
great central location to explore christchurch and the akaroa peninsula
a fantastic place to unwind and relax and so close to everything you need
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2. Self-contained cabin (from USD 42)

The ideal getaway, this fully-equipped cabin can fit up to two guests and features a cozy double bed, a sink, a table for working, heating, a basic but clean toilet and shower, and an outdoor lovely kitchen with glass sliding doors. The deck right outside is all yours to enjoy your meal with uninterrupted views of the harbor.

There is a sloping path with steps to reach the cabin, so a certain level of fitness is required for that. Despite the feeling of isolation, the main street of Lyttelton is just 15 minutes down the hill.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
364 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
gorgeous view cosy warm room
beautiful place to stay full of magic comfortable lovely view
i really like the style of the decoration and the details in the room
amazing place to stay incredible views of the harbour & very cute room with very lovely host
beautiful cozy and clean
amazing views & very cute comfy and clean private room with a lovely host
joke is a very welcoming host and made us feel at home immediately
joke has been an excellent host
joke is very helpful and sweet host :)we loved it
this was a cool unique place and joke was a good host
joke is a lovely host with a warm welcome and she is very interesting
fabulous stay in an amazing location
amazing location close to town and perfectly placed for the many local walks
quaint wee cabin great location
a wonderful place to relax
omg truly worth the short and easy climb to this beautiful wee place
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3. Quiet room in a character villa (from USD 57)

A sunny private room in a secluded and sheltered villa will be your holiday home and it is guaranteed to not disappoint you. Your room is equipped with a double bed, two chairs, nice decor, and french doors that open up to a cute, private garden. Guests are welcome to use the large, elegant bathroom, the fully-equipped kitchen, the bright living room, and all the cozy corners of the villa, that overlook spectacular fruit trees and gardens. Lyttelton’s London Street is just around the corner, while Christchurch is a short 20-minute drive away.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
100 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed conversations and her house has a cozy cottage-feeling with great sea views
the room is large and sunny with a comfy bed and access to a cosy courtyard
deborah's house as well as being very comfortable has lots of character and great views
cosy room with good sunny garden view and soft heavenly bed sparkling clean comfortable toilet and warm fireplace
the room is private and quiet with a warm comfortable bed
everything super clean and charming
her home is gorgeous spotlessly clean full of charm and exquisite light
the room was spacious comfortable and perfectly clean
we enjoyed a sound nights sleep in an extremely comfortable bed and clean spacious room
a beautifully furnished home neat and clean
deborah was a wonderful host
deborah is a great host
she is a great host
deborah was a great host providing superior hospitality
deborah was a great host and made us feel very welcome
the location and room were great
in a good location just a few minutes walk from the centre of town
quick walk to the center a wonderful saturday market great shops and restaurants
the location is perfect for a stay in lyttlton
brilliant location and wonderful host
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4. Top-floor, modern apartment (from USD 78)

Truly fantastic scenery awaits you when you step foot in this unique apartment, situated right above historic Lyttelton. It can accommodate up to four guests and boasts a large master bedroom with quirky decor and stunning port views, another bedroom with either a double bed, two singles, or one single bed, a kitchenette, and a great bathroom with a one of a kind spa experience. There is also a big outdoor barbeque area for those cozy evenings. Christchurch is a short 20-minute drive away.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
123 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bathroom and views are brilliant
incredible views stylish and comfortable living/sleeping area
very comfortable and nice accommodation with perfect view
this is a fantastic apartment with great decor stunning views and a lovely hostess
fantastic views from any room and the bathroom is sensational
everything was very clean and modern
the place was perfectly clean
we loved how spacious and clean the place was
whole place clean and warm and cosy with everything we needed
very clean room and warm host thanks
sasha is very welcoming friendly host
sasha is a lovely host
sasha is an awesome host and made us feel at home
sasha has been such a great host
sasha is a really nice host with great recommendations on where to go :)
beautiful house and very scenic location
great accommodation in a super location
christchurch is close by and easily accessible
perfect place for a weekend away or for a longer stay
this place is a hidden beauty and we'll worth the trip out to lyttelton
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5. Sunny apartment

If you choose this place, you will have the entire guesthouse at your disposal, with pretty much everything you need to get away for a few days. Together with some incredible harbor views, you also get a comfy queen-size bed, an ensuite toilet, a shower with endless hot water, a living room with a foldout bed, a kitchen with all the basic cooking utensils, and a working area. Within a short walking distance, you can reach restaurants, markets, a local brewery, and the beach.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
112 reviews  
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place has great amenities available (cooking supplies wifi tv dvd player unlimited hot water)
very quiet and scenic incredible views comfortable accomodation
great cosy apartment very peaceful and beautiful view
rom's place has a terrific view over the harbour and is warm and comfortable
comfy bed great shower good wifi
a cute and clean little cottage which had everything we needed
granny flat was well equipped and very clean
everything was really clean and had all we needed for our stay
it was perfectly warm clean and set up
great view clean and comfortable
exceptionally friendly and welcoming hosts
friendly and helpful hosts
rom was super friendly made sure we were well settled in
kind hospitality and a great place to stay
rom was friendly and interesting
great location tidy and warm
very close to a nice walking tour
wonderful place and very close to downtown lyttleton
good place in a good location
easy walk to town good facilities and quite location
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6. Great room with stunning views

Exceptional hospitality, breathtaking views of the ocean, delicious food, and a spacious house are only some of the perks you get when you book this vacation rental. It is ideal for couples, solo travelers, or even families and features a comfy double bed with access to the large deck. Guests, naturally, have access to all common spaces, including the full kitchen, the lounge, the garden, the patio, the modern bathroom, and the great hot tub. Christchurch is a 40-minute drive away, while the walking track, a cafe, and the beach are just below the property.

Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand
92 reviews  
Private room in house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great view spacious rooms and balcony
wonderful nice view from the room
the room and bathroom were perfect as described
the view from the room and the living room are astonishing and beautiful
the view from the room and the house itself are both stunning
very clean bath room with bathtub
very clean comfortable with a lovely family
the place was very clean and was a great place to spend a night
very nice family the house is comfortable the room is clean and scenic
rooms were clean and toilet was so nice would stay here again
amazing host who is very friendly during arrival
great host beautiful decorative place
the host family is so kind and considerate
akiko and her family are wonderful hosts and lovely people
akiko and her family were such delightful hosts
close to christchurch and very peaceful
location and local knowledge were so amazing
stunning location beautiful home lovely hosts
beautiful location overlooking the harbour
i wish that we had more time at your place
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7. Private cottage in a tranquil location

This basic but tastefully decorated house is ideal for up to four guests, while pets are welcome upon prior approval. The cottage comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a double bedroom, a nice bathroom, and a cozy living room. The neighborhood is very quiet, even though Lyttelton village is a short, five-minute walk away.

All basic amenities are provided, including Wi-Fi, A/C, a TV, heating, a washer, free parking on the street, and a cute patio. Keep in mind that the place is not wheelchair accessible.

26 reviews  
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests

8. Large, fully-furnished apartment

A perfect place for families, this spacious house enjoys lovely views over the harbor, while all city amenities are literally at your doorstep. The house sleeps comfortably up to five guests, although the prices are based on two guests. There is a large, full kitchen to ease your cooking experience, and a full bathroom with laundry facilities, as well.

Wi-Fi, a TV, on-site parking, and complimentary breakfast are also provided for guests’ convenience. The Diamond Harbor ferry is a short seven-minute walk away.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
54 reviews  
Entire apartment 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Lovely cottage

Able to accommodate up to three guests (but not suitable for children), this nice cottage enjoys magnificent views over the harbor and close proximity to great swimming beaches. The cottage features a double bunk bed with fresh linen, a walk-in shower with unlimited hot water, a simple kitchen, and a living area, with a table and chairs that opens onto the deck. Guests are welcome to share the lovely patio, washer, dryer, and barbeque grill. All the city’s amenities are within easy reach.

Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
94 reviews  
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

10. Small but pleasant hut (from USD 36)

Ideal for couples but especially for lonely cowboys, this cozy hut is made from recycled materials and features one double bed, a chair, basic cutlery, a toaster, and a kettle. Running water can be obtained from the main house, a few steps away. A bathroom, toilet, and laundry are also located inside the family house and there is a large garden area to sit and relax, listening to the birds.

The property is situated a 20-minute drive from the city center, another 20 minutes from the beach and a short five-minute drive from the gondola.

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
218 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a lot of plants birds singing a good view of nature from the bed
the shower was amazing and the garden view from windows was lovely to wake up to
cozy space and very charming setting in the garden
good value cosy stop off for the night with a nice hot shower
the room is furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay
everything was clean and the bathroom was very spatious
bathroom and toilet are clean and in the house
it is very clean and welcoming
the room was very clean and welcoming
catherine was a great host quick communication and keeps the cabin very clean
great host very kind and helpful
catherine is a lovely host we very much enjoyed our stay
catherine was a wonderful host we had a few nice chats and she shared some great travel insights
catherine is a lovely host and as a heathcote 'local' she is great to address any questions and enquires
catherine is a gracious and communicative host
conveniently located to christchurch and a nice walking distance to the gondola
great location for the price
amazing little querky get away just outside of the central city
great location with easy access to lyttelton for some grub
everything was so good a little paradise close to the city
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It's all about resting here

With fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, you can avoid an overcrowded holiday when visiting Lyttelton, without being in complete isolation. The vacation rentals here are situated far from the noise, but still close to all the city’s amenities. If this sounds like your ideal holiday, book one of these rentals, today!

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