Top 11 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Whanganui, New Zealand - Updated 2021

airbnb Whanganui, New Zealand

Whanganui is located on the west coast of New Zealand, along the Whanganui River. Only 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from Wellington, this town can offer a welcome respite from the big city for locals, or a delightful vacation spot well off the beaten path for visitors. The surrounding area is renowned for its natural beauty and plenty of outdoor recreation is available such as canoeing, fishing, jet boating or taking advantage of the recently opened cycling trail that leads inland to the mountains, from the ocean. Specific outdoor attractions include the Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Virginia Lake and Kowhai Park. Get to know more about the local history and culture by also visiting the Whanganui River Traders Market which is open every Saturday morning, checking out the local art at the Sarjeant Gallery and the Whanganui Regional Museum. To learn more about Airbnb vacation rentals in Whanganui, continue reading!

1. Lovely apartment, including breakfast (from USD 75)

This homey guest suite is only 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) from the city center and a quick 20-minute walk away from the river promenade as well as Kowhai Park. A homemade breakfast adds a thoughtful touch to your stay. Five guests are welcome to stay in this two-bedroom home, which also includes access to a lounge, stocked kitchen, family library and outdoor garden. Step outside to enjoy the swinging seat, hammock, and orchard. Additional amenities include WiFi and laundry facilities.

Lovely Apartment incl. Breakfast
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
523 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had a great stay good wifi connection and good cooking facilities/amenities
the breakfast was amazing and we enjoyed everything (great amenities )
my husband is a devoted fan of jane's baking
loved the fresh flowers in the rooms and the freshly made quince jelly
spacious comfy and cosy space with two bedrooms generous bathroom (shub/shower) library fully-equipped kitchen fridge sink dishwasher
it is clean and well kept
very clean comfortable and welcoming
janes place was lovely and clean
the apartment was very spacious clean and had everything we needed
our bed was cosy the linen lovely and clean - we slept well during our 3 night stay
they are very lovely and attentive hosts
the hosts are really friendly and helpful
lovely host her went out of her way to accommodate our large van
everything you could want wonderful hosts
wonderful spot with lovely thoughtful touches from our host
super convenient location and immaculate garden
very interesting place to stay
beautiful yard and location
the place is near to a beautiful park with a great children's playground
this is such a lovely place to stay central to everything yet surrounded by bush and beauty
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2. Longbeach Lodge Wanganui (from USD 61)

Two guests can sleep in this modest but cozy cabin. The accommodation includes a private bathroom, lounge, and kitchenette which are all equipped for your needs, including a complimentary continental breakfast for your stay. The beach and local golf course are a short stroll away and it is just a 12-minute drive into town. Previous guests have praised the tidiness of the space and hospitality of the host.

Longbeach Lodge Wanganui
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
183 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
extra touches made it a very enjoyable stay ie toiletries chocolates on arrival breakfast supplies
the apartment has great amenities- so we had a very relaxing time
also they had a good selection of breakfast--cereals eggs milk oj bread etc
great shower great location and spectacular views of the night sky on a clear night
this is a lovely unit with a very spacious open plan living area and bedroom and bathroom
very clean and tidy
modern very clean and comfortable
the unit was exceptionally clean and bright
clean warm comfortable and peaceful
spacious exceptionally clean and high standard accommodation
quick response and very hospitable and caring hosts
marius was very friendly also
lovely hosts and very helpful
a wonderful host and an exceptional venue
beautiful place sparkling clen and wonderful hosts
cool location with beach trails nearby
great place close to the beach
the location is perfect too nice and quiet and close to the beach
the location is perfect to watch the sunset at the beach
amazing location across from the beach
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3. Self-contained apartment (from USD 93)

Only a 30-minute walk away from Kowhai Park and Wanganui Town Center, eight guests can be accommodated in the two bedrooms with five beds. The recently renovated interior includes polished floorboards and high ceilings. The tastefully modern décor will make you feel right at home. If you fancy afternoon tea in the garden, you’re invited to take advantage of the outdoor space as much as you’d like. Local bus transportation is a few minutes’ walk away, as is the riverside.

Self-contained apartment
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
117 reviews
Entire guest suite 6 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we were glad of the electric blankets on the beds and extra blankets that were available
kids loved the included wifi
however we appreciated terry's prompt responses the fast internet and comfortable bed
liked the cozy feeling of the wood paneled room with the gas heater making it the place to gather
excellent bathroom and kitchen
clean comfortable and homely
it was sparkling clean and oozed old world charm
very comfortable and clean
very clean with everything you need for a safe and comfortable stay
easy check in and the apartment was clean and tidy
host was very helpful highly recommended
terry’s a great host
pleasant social spaces comfortable lovely trees all around easy going & helpful hosts
the host is easy to deal with and very accommodating
our kind host terry greeted us on arrival
good neighbourhood nice and close to town
great stay in good location
close to kowhai park which is great for the kids
it's a beautiful house and close to kowhai park for the kids
it’s an easy 30 minute walk into town
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4. Mid-century retreat (from USD 93)

Notable for its authentic mid-century styling and warm interior, this self-contained, two-bedroom suite will provide a welcome retreat after a day of exploring the town and surrounding countryside. Up to four guests can enjoy the large windows, spacious rooms and a leafy garden, which really maximize the space. Within walking distance are attractions such as Virginia Lake (five minutes), the Wetlands, and city center (30 minutes). For history buffs, this house was built by the Hatrick family, who was responsible for pioneering riverboat transportation in the area.

Mid Century Retreat, Self-Cont- 2br
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
152 reviews
Entire townhouse 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views from the bedroom and kitchen were lovely and coordinating access to the house was a breeze
beautiful house with spectacular views from each rooms absolutely outstanding thank you for our staying
a comfortable stylish home thoughtfully furnished lots of great art by local artists and with lovely views
a large beautifully appointed spacious apartment with fabulous art on the walls
lots of space comfortable beds and great shower
comfortable beds linen clean and fresh
very clean and good value-for-money
everything was perfect from the communication to the cleanliness and facilities
kitchen and bathroom are clean and provide enough equipments
terrific place i've stayed several times and it's always the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort all round
thanks for being a great host
very welcoming and passionate host
great space great host highly recommended
literal super host and a beautiful curated space
nice outside area and can tell the owner is passionate about the interior
great location only a short distance from the town
nice house in a great location
close to town and shops and walking distance to stunning lake victoria
very close to virginia gardens that are lovely but a longish walk into downtown
very good location central to ever where quiet an very comfortable spot on
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5. Summer fun at pool house (from USD 45)

Looking to beat the heat? This home is a great option since it includes access to an outdoor pool. Two guests can be accommodated here, in the one bedroom and bath house. There is plenty of natural light indoors, and space outdoors for barbecuing. You will also be centrally located, directly across the street from the Kowhai Park Playground and minutes away from the riverwalk and other fun activities such as mini golf and go-carts.

Pool House - Summer Fun
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
188 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
upstairs is the super comfortable bed with a set of drawers mirror and a rocking chair
another fab stay the heaters and electric blanket were an extra bonus
good shower with shampoo and body wash
good heating bathroom and kitchenette - perfect for a couple
great spot bed upstairs and kitchenette/bathroom downstairs
beautiful place clean and tidy
clean comfortable and excellent value
everything is very clean
we did not use the pool but it was sparkling clean and very enticing
good clean space with a very comfortable bed
great host as well
lovely place and lovely host
very kind and welcoming host
very friendly host thea who was more than happy to help
thea was a friendly host
perfect location for an easy trip in to central whanganui
great location and excellent value
the location was within walking distance from town and right across from nice river walkway and park
good value and perfect location for me
great location across from the park and such good value
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6. Charmae guest house - sleeps 8 (from USD 88)

Ideal for large families or corporate retreats, this quaint home can sleep up to eight guests. Located around the corner for convenience stores, local restaurants, and the Whanganui River, you’ll never have to look far for your needs. The main bedroom includes an en-suite facility and there’s also a combined lounge/dining area that is great for big groups. Previous guests speak highly of the easy check-in experience and central location.

CHARMAE GUEST HOUSE ( Large Home, Sleeps 10 + 2 )
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
147 reviews
Entire house 7 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house was just as we expected with lots of space and a lovely comfortable bed
allan and his wife were welcoming and helpful even catering to our daughter's food-allergy requirements for breakfast
we purchased food for our bbq which was held in a comfortable sheltered yard
the house is comfortable and tastefully furnished
the house is so comfortable with absolutely everything you need
very clean with plenty of towels etc
amazingly clean comfortable and spacious
a lovely clean home with all requirements
very comfortable and clean good value
beds were comfortable shower pressure was good and the whole place was really clean and tidy
allan was the perfect host
nice tidy house host were very helpful
owners are lovely and easy to communicate with
very friendly & welcoming host
the hosts were amazing and so very helpful
great location for our family get together
nice and central to wanganui town
a beautiful place ideal for a family breakaway close to cbd and major roads
great location and had everything we needed
the place was in a great location and really well equipped
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7. s architectural gem (from USD 107)

Polished wooden floors, high ceilings and a sweeping view of the surrounding hills, make this home an elegant and affordable accommodation. The three bedrooms and one bath can accommodate up to six guests. You are welcome to enjoy the spacious sitting area, fully stocked kitchen, and the indoor fireplace. Additional conveniences such as a garage for parking makes this a great option If you’re lucky, you might be able to see Mt Taranaki from the deck. Situated under the Bastia Hill Tower, this quiet neighborhood is in close proximity to local cafés, bars, and art galleries. Other attractions nearby include Bushy Park, the Waimarie or Kowhai Park.

1960's Architectural Gem
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
211 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable and warm and all the kitchenware we needed
my stay at brian and nigel’s place was very comfortable
great views good sized rooms and well setup
comfortable spacious cottage on a raised position near water tower with view of the city
comfortable beds warm home lovely fire
very clean and welcoming
loved the fire it was warm and clean
the house was warm and very stylish and extremely clean
the house is clean and warm with fantastic views
comfortable and stylish super clean with an amazing view
the hosts responded quickly to any requests and it was a pleasure to come back to each day
everything was provided and with thoughtful hosts we would highly recommend a stay
lovely house hosts are great to deal with and very quick to reply
it's the kind of home i wish i owned
we escalated a very minor concern late on a thursday evening and they were extremely responsive
great location for enjoying the area
a good quiet location to be able to explore
a beautiful house in a great location loved our stay and hope to come back again
this holiday home was close to all activities in whanganui and suited us perfectly
this is a special house very well furnished and set up in a lovely location
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8. Wicksteed apartment (from USD 65)

This no-frills apartment is a budget-friendly and hospitable place to lay your head for a few nights. The two bedrooms and one bath can sleep three guests. Amenities such as AC, a private library, and WiFi provide added convenience. You will be very close to the city center where you can find a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, and a cinema. Also nearby is the Whanganui River and Whanganui Regional Museum.

Wicksteed apartment
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
89 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is in a perfect location and the set-up (furnishings decor layout) is very attractive and comfortable
it was very comfortable with a lot of character and plenty of space
very comfy bed & pillows plus a lovely & interesting set of rooms used for the air bnb
very old house but plenty of heating so warm and comfortable
impeccably clean accomodation with character and very comfortable
very clean and comfortable with everything you need
a very clean and tidy place to stay with a homely vibe
so clean and tidy and cozy
the apartment is warm comfortable and very clean with everything we needed provided
david is a very thoughtful host
lovely host and a fantastic place
david and jillian are very welcoming and helpful hosts
jillian and david are lovely people and excellent hosts
it was perfect and our hosts were really lovely y too
loved our stay - great location within walking distance to everything
great location and a beautifully maintained villa
perfect location walking distance to town but extremely quiet area
this apartment was ideal for our colleague nice and close to town & shops
great place to stay at very central and close to everything
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9. Lovely view of Mt. Ruapehu in charming cottage for three (from USD 78)

Stay in a lovely cottage conveniently located in the quiet part of Whanganui, but just close by to the city center. The property is 3 km (1.86 miles) from the supermarket and just a 12-minute walk to the main beach. The flat is big enough for three guests, sunlit and best for small friend groups and families, who can sleep comfortably on a queen-sized bed and a single bed. They also have access to heating, hot water, and bathroom essentials in a fully functioning bathroom. Wifi access is up for continuous use throughout the stay, with free parking on the premises for those who drove up. The property is also child-friendly for those coming with kids, with amenities like children’s books and tours, travel cribs, and room darkening shades for parents’ convenience. Take the opportunity to stay at this lovely flat with a scenic view of Mt. Ruapehu which you can enjoy from dusk till dawn.

Cute little Beach Bach - Big Back Deck
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
152 reviews
Entire cottage 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nicely furnished and all necessary kitchen utensils
a comfortable home and great deck
comfortable house (with back deck and garden) with everything you might need
it's a great batch with really good size rooms and back deck
great place accurate pictures etcexcellent value for money especially if you’re not interested in tv
very clean private and peaceful
clean and tidy place
good value clean and very spacious
it was reminiscent of the old kiwi bach simple laid back clean and had everything we needed
the backyard was very cozy and private the house was clean
the hosts are great
hosts were great place was perfect highly recommended
thoughtful hosts everything you need at your fingertips
great value and very accommodating owners
a wonderful little bach with a wonderful host that is very easy to communicate with
a great location to relax
walking distance to beach and a brilliant cafe
very cute accomodation great place to relax
easy to get to town and a short walk to the beach
beautiful house very close to the beach would recommend
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10. Riverfront apartment

Modern lighting, floor to ceiling windows and contemporary décor make this simple one-bedroom apartment a stellar alternative to your cookie-cutter hotel room. Enjoy a cozy, warm space that offers views of the river. Paths along the river are literally just a few steps away from the door and offer great opportunities for exercise or exploring the town. Local dining options, studios, and cafés are a short walk away, as are interesting historical sites.

The Lights
Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
188 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the shower and amenities were awesome
very comfortable flat with great views and all the amenities you need
great location with river view very comfortable furnishings well stocked kitchen and breakfast foods were nice
this is a nice apartment huge and spacious with nice view on the river
lots of space with a huge tv and access to netflix
lovely clean apartment with crisp fresh sheets
every thing was clean and annette's communication was spot on
the place was clean warm and cozy
everything on offer was clean
very spacious and clean and has everything you could ever want
anette was a very good host
lovely host and wonderful local experience
annette is a great host & offered loads of local information
it has all you could ever need and annette was a wonderful host and was very inviting
annette was really helpful sending through local tips before our stay
great location 5 mins walk to main street
wonderful location and apartment
a great location
fantastic location and great value
ideal location right on the whanganui river and close enough to walk to city center
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11. Oakhaven historical villa

This breathtaking villa is perfect for larger families or groups as it sleeps five guests comfortably. Enjoy the sunset or a morning cup of coffee on one of the beautiful terraces that offer views of the surrounding gardens. Breakfast is complimentary during your stay and additional features such as TV, WiFi, laundry and even baby-grand piano are available for your convenience. Nearby attractions include the Waimarie, an original coal-fired paddle steamer, a glass making studio, cafés and the Saturday market. If you come during the winter months, skiing options on Mt. Ruapehu are only an hour and a half away.

Oakhaven is a Historical Villa
71 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 7 Guests

Riverside recreation

Whether you are in the area for business or pleasure, these vacation rentals will make you feel right at home. The proximity to local historical sites and outdoor activities can’t be missed. You’ll be sure to enjoy the hospitality of Whanganui and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding this special town.

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