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 flair, 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.
This beautiful tree house 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 spanning 2000 square metres (21528 square feet), this property enjoys plenty of sunlight and panoramic views of the seaside. The house has proven to be quite popular among honeymooners, but it is quite a good option for those who have an affinity for cycling: part of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail passes right below the Tree House and guests are welcome to borrow the host’s bikes if needed. If you bring your bicycle, the hosts will offer a complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine as a way of saying thanks for keeping the Tree House eco-friendly, and you can always get your groceries delivered from the local supermarket too. Accommodates: 3 guests Price: NZ$129 per night
Located in a quiet residential street in Mt Victoria, this lovely heritage cottage strikes the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to Wellington’s must-see attractions. A classic, country-side garden adds to the property’s welcoming ambiance. The interiors are composed of artworks and delicate decorative details throughout, and the bedroom you’d be staying in comes with a fully appointed bathroom. Keep a close eye on this one as the host is considering adding another room for Airbnb guests to stay in, possibly even renting out the whole house in the near future. Accommodates: 2 guests. Price: NZ$ 85 per night
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 city and the waterfront are a given, and the private cabin is surrounded by a lush garden too. The host’s main house is right next door: other than sharing the kitchen, dining and laundry facilities, guests are free to relish their surroundings on their own terms. Outside lighting ensures the cabin’s deck is easy to access at night and a heater is available on those cold winter evenings. Accommodates: 2 guests. Price: NZ$71 per night
This charming 1920s bungalow is quite handy to Zealandia, the Botanic Gardens and a number of walking tracks and cycling routes. Your host Cheryl is an artist by trade, and this is reflected right through the property’s interiors; in fact, many of her own artworks adorn the house’s walls. If you’re travelling with little tots in tow, a cot can be set up at an additional cost. The refurbished rental is also quite eco-friendly, relying on solar panels, recycling and composting to keep the property’s carbon footprint as low as possible. Accommodates: 2 guests. Price: NZ$60 per night.