The Coolest Airbnbs in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington has an Airbnb to suit every traveller
Wellington has an Airbnb to suit every traveller | Courtesy of Barb / Airbnb
Airbnbs are a great alternative for New Zealand-bound travellers wanting to lower their accommodation expenses while getting to know a bit more about local life in their chosen cities. The capital city, Wellington, boasts a trove of rentals with stylish design, proximity to all the local must-sees and a nice amount of privacy to boot. Take a look at some of the great options at your disposal.

Treehouse above Wellington Harbour

Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Haiying / Airbnb

This beautiful treehouse in York Bay, on the eastern side of Wellington Harbour, is among New Zealand’s most popular Airbnb rentals. Perched right at the top of a tree-covered section, this open-plan property enjoys plenty of sunlight and panoramic views of the seaside. While it has proven to be quite popular among honeymooners, it’s also a good option for those who have an affinity for cycling. Part of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail passes right below the property, and you are welcome to borrow the host’s bikes if needed.

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Cabin in a bush setting on the city fringe

Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Mary / Airbnb

This cool macrocarpa-lined cabin is set in the trendy Brooklyn suburb, which is within a 25-minute walk from the city. Wonderful vistas of Wellington and the waterfront are a given, and the private cabin is surrounded by a lush garden, too. The host’s main house is next door, and other than sharing the guest bathroom and laundry facilities, you are free to enjoy your surroundings on your terms. Outside lighting ensures the cabin’s deck is easy to access at night, and a heater is available on those cold winter evenings.

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Beach retreat on Karaka Bay

Homestay, Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Barb / Airbnb

Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, this coastal house is right on the water of Karaka Bay and feels more like a remote beach getaway than a city break. There’s a tranquil terrace, and it sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms, making it the perfect base for a family or group of friends. The property also comes with two kayaks, which can be launched into the bay across the road, so you can see the city from a unique vantage point while getting your daily dose of exercise.

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The Lighthouse on Island Bay

Cabin, Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Bruce / Airbnb

For a memorable experience that’s a little different from the rest, opt for a stay in this lighthouse. Set on the rocks just above Island Bay, it offers up incredible views thanks to the room that once allowed the harbour man to see any boats in distress. The scenery is delightful at any time of the day, whether you’re watching the sun go down with a glass of wine or admiring the early-morning rays bouncing off the water over your morning coffee. Sleeping just two people, this magical seaside bolthole makes for a romantic getaway.

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Studio Seventy Four tiny house near Brooklyn

Cabin, Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Cushla / Airbnb

Set high above Wellington, with sprawling views over the city below, this Airbnb is an architecturally designed secret getaway. It has been featured in numerous interior design and architecture magazines, and upon arrival, you’ll see why. With spectacular views and built to maximise space, the house has a vaulted roof, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of storage. Clean lines and simple, warm tones allow the incredible surroundings to take centre stage, while the outdoor hot tub is the perfect spot for an evening dip under the spectacular night sky.

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Radiant home with a terrace in Aro Valley

Short-term Rental
Courtesy of Tracey / Airbnb

The sweetest little house, this pistachio-coloured and quintessentially Wellington villa makes for a trendy temporary home. The interiors wouldn’t look out of place on a Pinterest board of design inspiration, with deep-wooden floors, lemon-drop-yellow walls and mid-century Scandi-style furnishings. It’s just outside of the central business district in a low-key and historic residential area with a charming mixture of Victorian and Edwardian houses. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a neighbourhood vibe while still being minutes from the bustle, bars and restaurants of the city centre.

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This is an updated version of a story created by Thalita Alves.

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These recommendations were updated on July 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.