The Best Kiwi Airbnbs for Summer Getaways

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3 October 2023

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There’s nothing better than a classic Kiwi holiday. Usually spent parked up at the beach, G&T in hand. There’s an endless supply of magnificent spots to hide away during the summer break, and with that comes incredible batches, nooks, tiny homes and apartments just ready for you to explore. 

We love the option of renting a holiday home over a hotel during summer vacations. You can get closer to the beach, spread out and make the place your own. There are so many options across the country that regardless of your destination, there is bound to be a cosy home waiting for you. But first, it’s all about deciding whether you’ll be heading North or South. 

New Zealand’s North and South Islands are so different in many ways. If you’re looking for sandy beaches and hidden coves of crystal blue waters, the North Island is your pick. For a more dramatic landscape framed by picturesque mountain ranges, you’ll be heading South.

Upper North Island

Russell Cottage

Interior of Russell Cottage, one of the top summer Airbnb rentals in New Zealand.

A quaint chapel from the 1870s has been renovated into unique accommodations. With the entire property to enjoy, you can choose to hide away, or explore further, with Russell only a five-minute drive away.

Piha Retreat

the exterior of Piha Retreat, one of the most luxurious summer Airbnb's in New Zealand

Go bush with one of the best views of the iconic West Coast beach. You almost feel like you’re in a tree house, but with all the amenities of a luxury getaway. The outdoor bath is a standout for a couple’s night away.

Waiheke Cabin

Unique summer airbnb, Waiheke Cabin, surrounded by nature and clear waters.

There’s more to Waiheke than long lunches and wine tours. Renee’s clifftop cabin is the best vantage point for exploring the hidden beaches and secret coves below. You’ll be close enough to Waiheke’s main centre, but far enough to explore less walked parts of the island.

Matakana Bush Retreat

Matakana Bush Retreat outdoor area.

Situated perfectly between incredible stretches of beach, you have Omaha, Leigh, Tāwharanui and Snells Beach at your doorstep. This tranquil spot is ideal for a quick weekend getaway from Auckland.

Hot Water Beach Bird’s Nest

Hot Water Beach Bird's Nest airbnb in the Coromandel Peninsula.

When we think of summer, we think of the Coromandel Peninsula. Beach-hop to your heart’s content, basing yourself at Hot Water Beach. The Bird’s Nest has the most spectacular views of the bushland and beach below. 

Lower North Island

Taranaki Tree House

The Taranaki Treehouse airbnb.

Show us a more unique holiday spot than the Taranaki Tree House. Fitted with its own slide, this Airbnb is an architectural marvel – your friends will definitely be asking about it! Located just south of New Plymouth, you’re in the perfect spot to explore Mount Taranaki or the beachside township.

Beachfront Waikawa

The beachfront of Waikawa airbnb.

Planning a road trip down the North Island? You couldn’t ask for a better pit stop location. You are quite literally beachfront, giving you the perfect opportunity to pop the kayaks out right off the front lawn or sit back in the outdoor tub and take in the view.

The Nest, Taranaki

The Nest airbnb in Tarakani.

Another incredible find near Mount Taranaki is The Nest. From the clifftop, it’s just you, as far as the eye can see. There’s an outdoor bathtub, of course, to take in the views in the most relaxing way with a wine in hand.

Upper South Island

Golden Bay Ecohouse

The Ecohouse NZ airbnb in Golden Bay.

You couldn’t ask for a better spot to enjoy Golden Bay. Close enough to the Abel Tasman National Park, this Ecohouse is your post-exploring haven.

Kererū Hut Canterbury

The affordable NZ airbnb, Kereru Hut in Canterbury.

Unplug from reality in this award-winning tiny-home in the middle of rural Canterbury. At the foothills of Mount Hutt, Kererū Retreat can’t be missed on your South Island road trip. 

Woodpecker Bay Bach

Woodpecker Bay Bach with the sea and forest.

The quintessential Kiwi bach, aka a rustic tin shed. Woodpecker Bay Bach sits right on the coastline, so be sure to come ready to watch the crashing waves come right up to your window.

Hokitika Fire Station

interior of modern furnishings at the Hokitika Fire Station airbnb.

Another West Coast beauty. The Fire Station, in the heart of Hokitika, is a stylish apartment located only a few blocks back from the waterfront. Be sure to see the other listings within the building!

Lower South Island

Rural Twizel

Rural Twizel Airbnb night time view with the sky full of stars.

Mackenzie Country is an experience in itself, offering rugged mountains and valleys. Spend a night under the stars from bed, with the custom skylight above. We recommend spending a few nights to really sink into relaxation.

Wānaka Lookout

Wanaka Lookout airbnb with outdoor bathtub.

Wanting to be closer to the action without giving up the cabin experience? The Wānaka Lookout sits high above, with panoramic views of the lake and mountain surrounds, but only a five-minute drive from the township.

Oamaru Chapel

Unique Victorian interior of Oamaru Chapel airbnb.

Oamaru is known for its limestone architecture, Victorian heritage and the love of steampunk. It’s key to stay in accommodation that reflects the town’s quirky nature. The historic chapel couldn’t be a better pick.

Lake Views Te Anau

Outdoor spa from Te Anau Airbnb.

No Kiwi experience is complete without a trip to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. As the gateway to the sounds and Fiordland National Park, this 11-acre holiday home is an ideal getaway from all the adventure.

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