New Zealand's five best Airbnbs

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While COVID has us playing a game of ‘on again, off again’ with New Zealand, one thing is for sure – if you’re dreaming of international travel in the next year, they’re your best bet.

In 2019, New Zealand hosted 3.8 million tourists. For a country of just 4.8 million residents, that’s a lot of visitors, all drawn from around the world to witness firsthand the jaw dropping landscapes.  

With travel bubble negotiations continuing, and most international borders remaining closed, this may be the perfect time to start planning your next holiday – before the crowds return.

Arch Cabin in the trees
4.94 stars
$75.29 per night

Did I forget to mention that unique stays in New Zealand can come at a shockingly affordable price? Sitting just above the world-class surf breaks of Whale Bay and Indicators, this bush block houses a fun and quirky cabin that overlooks the Tasman Sea. This cosy cabin has a large lawn area surrounded by native bush, an outdoor shower and is neatly tucked away, making for the perfect private getaway. 

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Beachfront Retreat – Explore Magical Coromandel
4.90 stars232.77 per night

Swim in the ocean, take long walks on the beach, relax and unwind. This property is right on the beach, just steps away from the water line. The space is romantic, private and well equipped, perfect for a couple’s retreat away from the hustle and bustle.

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The Woodpecker Bay Bach – Life on the edge 
4.95 stars

Now, I don’t choose favourites. But if I did, this would be my personal pick of the bunch. This property is often booked out well in advance, but the COVID travel lull may just allow you to get your foot in the door of this beautiful seaside shack. The interiors are rustic, quirky and cosy. Oh, and you’ll be sharing your backyard with penguins and sea lions.  

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Read more: New Zealand awaits travel-hungry Aussies

Romantic Bush Chalet – Kauri Chalet
4.92 stars
$181 per night

This private and peaceful space is set on 3km of bushland and overlooks the mature Kauri trees, making it the perfect place to watch native wildlife and embrace nature.

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The Nest – Coastal Escape
4.98 stars

This dreamy, off the grid sanctuary sits on the rugged cliffs of New Zealand’s west coast, overlooking the Tasman Sea. Despite its grandeur, the Nest is comfortable and welcoming. You can indulge in a warm outdoor bath, or head down the cliffs to enjoy a campfire on the beach.

Read more: Discover New Zealand’s secret wine region: Waitaki

Have you ever travelled around New Zealand? What was your favourite place to visits? Where would you recommend other travellers explore?

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Written by Liv Gardiner


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