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These are New Zealand’s 10 Most Wishlisted Airbnb Stays

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Whether it’s a unique hut with panoramic ocean views, an award-winning, stylish tiny home in the city, or a luxury cabin with its own outdoor bath surrounded by mountains and valleys, Airbnb’s list of the most wish-listed properties by Aussie guests in New Zealand has something for everyone.

If you’re craving a New Zealand escape like never before, check out the full list of Australia’s most wish-listed Airbnb stays.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Kiwi Chalet

Otago
Cost: $240 per night
Nestled in a scenic spot on the hillside, it is so close to everything, yet feels so far away. The Kiwi Chalet is located in the perfect setting overlooking the Coronet Peak, from which you can watch the sunrise and set. This tiny house has everything you’ll need and is perfect for a solo/couple traveller. This art deco house feels like an isolated getaway, yet is also close to ski fields, cycling trails and even the historic Arrowtown. Quirky, peaceful and surrounded by nature, yet close enough to Queenstown for a day trip, this little home is the perfect nature getaway.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

The Raven’s Nest Bed and Second Breakfast Farmstead

Canterbury
Cost: 171 per night
Attention mythical creatures everywhere, rest your hairy feet, get close to friendly sheep and enjoy a night in a fantasy at the Raven’s Nest. Live your best ‘Hobbit’ dream and enjoy the unique home; thoughtfully designed, detailed and crafted to recreate the beloved fantasy realm. Sitting nestled between oaks, native trees and sheltering pines, you will find a tiny but cleverly designed nest, big enough for two halflings, filled with handmade details.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Rocky Point Hut

Pepin Island
Cost: $177 per night
Hidden amongst native kanuka and coastal New Zealand bush, situated on a cliff is Rocky Point Hut. Stay in the beautiful and private hut with a comfortable wood interior and take in all the incredible views. Spend your time relaxing and treat yourself to the hot outdoor bath with a panoramic view over the Abel Tasman ocean. The perfect setting for a romantic retreat.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat

Lake Tekapo
Cost: $278 per night
For those who fancy a stargazer’s hideaway, visit the Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat to view the Milky Way from your own private wood-fired hot tub, before coming inside for a toasty warm fire. The outdoor setting perfectly matches the interior, fit with a hot tub and a perfect place to indulge in some wine and cheese while taking in the incredible view. Step out of the comfort of this home to get access to the magical lakefront, directly opposite the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and only a few minutes’ walk from the local cafes and attractions.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Ica View Glamping

Wellington
Cost: $191 per night
The unique property’s take on camping is an experience you don’t want to miss. Situated on a hilltop overlooking the breathtaking Ica Valley, it is only 35 minutes east of Masterton towards the beaches and just over two hours from Wellington. Relax as you unwind in the hammock, play board games, cook by BBQ and take outdoor baths while enjoying the great outdoors. Ica VIew Glamping is a perfect getaway to switch off from reality, yet still, be surrounded by luxury.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

The Nest

Taranaki
Cost: $266 per night
Crafted to provide freedom from the stresses of life, The Nest is a dreamy sanctuary perched high atop the rugged, west coast cliffs overlooking the Tasman Sea. Sink in and let the crashing waves drown out your worries, as you take in the views of the deserted black sand beach and Mt Taranaki with snow on top. Let the sunsets, full moon, mountain and sea be the backdrop to your most treasured memories. This beautiful, cosy home will not disappoint.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Tom’s House

Queenstown
Cost: $419 per night
This award-winning, architecturally designed home is situated on an elevated, north-facing site, offering uninterrupted views and all-day sun. Voted New Zealand’s Best Small Home 2016 and finalist for New Zealand’s Home of the Year plus numerous architectural awards, every room is unique and has something special to offer. While only seven minutes away from the airport and busy town centre, you will still feel so far away from it all.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

High Country Cabin

Canterbury
Cost: $185 per night
High Country Cabin is a stylishly decorated cabin in the heart of the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand. Inspired by the Backcountry huts throughout the area, it provides a rustic country-style experience. The 50 square metre cabin is stylish yet comfortable. Stay cosy and curl up by the log burner, while taking in the mountain views from every window. While there is Wifi, there is no TV to encourage guests to switch off and enjoy each other’s company and the nature surrounding them. This property is perfect for people looking for a getaway to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Skylark Cabin

Canterbury
Cost: $354 per night
Spend a night under the beautiful starry sky in the Skylark Cabin. This cabin is a private, luxury escape, nestled within the awe-inspiring landscape of backcountry Ben Ohau. The cabin is surrounded by the ethereal beauty of the expansive valley and the soaring mountains. This cabin is a complete experience in itself. After a day of exploring, guests can soak up the serenity in luxury under the open sky in the huge outdoor stainless steel bath, fit with gas-heated hot water. If you are looking for a place to completely relax, Skylark Cabin is the place for you.

new zealands most wishlisted airbnbs

Pisa Cabin

Otago
Cost: $166 per night
This cabin is located on a hillside made of gold in historic Bendigo, the best-kept secret in Central Otago. The property is surrounded by vineyards on a rustic landscape steeped in gold mining history and opens out onto a deck that looks over the panoramic surrounding views. Soak away your worries in the outdoor tub as you take in the night sky, and you might even catch a glimpse of the magical Southern Lights. Architecturally designed and perched atop a rocky outcrop at the foothills of the Dunstan Ranges, the cabin overlooks the expansive Clutha Basin with its pastoral scenes and is enclosed on all sides by dramatic alpine mountain ranges. This cabin is the perfect relaxing getaway if you want to be able to disconnect and be surrounded by nature.

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Find Volcanoes, Wine Islands, and Thrills in Auckland

One minute you're on a ferry to wine island, the next you could be bungy jumping off of New Zealand's tallest tower.

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Photo: Natasha Bazika

The city of Auckland is a free spirit. It is easily the most geographically blessed city in New Zealand. Within an hour, you could be tasting wines on an island, chasing more than 50 volcanoes, or leaving footprints on a black sand beach. Keep in mind, that Auckland is the country’s most populous city but certainly doesn’t feel cramped.

Instead, the city is buzzing with trendy eateries, boutique shops, quiet streets, and expansive green parks. Around every corner, you’re never too far from something beautiful to see.

From world-class wines to kickass thrills, here’s where to find what you’re looking for in Auckland.

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Seek the thrills

If you thought Queenstown was the home of the adrenaline rush, wait until you see Auckland. In the middle of the city, you can jump off a sky tower or a bridge, zip through the jungle, and scream on a high-octane jet boat ride. The Sky Tower, which can be seen from every corner of Auckland is more than just a landmark. Take a ride to the top and sign up for a Skywalk, where you can wander around the platform, which just so happens to be 192 metres above the ground. If that doesn’t get your heart pumping, you can always jump off it. It’s New Zealand’s highest jump, and can only be described as just like being a movie stuntman, or a superhero. 

The other iconic place to jump off of is the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Unlike the Sky Jump, this one will have thrill seekers dipping their hands and head in the ocean. It’s a 40-metre Bungy, and a great experience. Although, if you’d rather still take advantage of the bridge views, book a climb, which takes you right to the top for sweeping views of the city.

Another way to take in the city is via Auckland Adventure Jet, which takes passengers for spins and tricks on the water.

Just a 35-minute boat ride from Auckland is Waiheke Island, where thrill-seekers will find Eco Zip Adventures. Across three separate lines, you will zip high above a working vineyard and lush, ancient forest canopies, soaking up incredible views back to the city and beyond.

things to do auckland
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Sip wine on Waiheke Island

Whether you want to spend a weekend or a day, Waiheke Island is a must-visit. It’s around a 35-minute ferry ride to the island from Auckland, and once there you can hop from winery to winery. The island is quite large and the terrain is rugged, so trust the experts and book a tour with Ananda Tours. The small, family-run business is owned by Jenny who has been on the island since before the vines were planted and she’s the best person to seek out when getting the Waiheke Island experience. You can book a private tour or group tour, and they can be catered to your preferences and tastes. A few standout stops include Kennedy Point, where they produce fully certified organic Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay wines. You can also state estate-grown olive oils, which the island has plenty of. Enjoy a tasting on the deck with views of Kennedy Bay, or enjoy a picnic under the olive grove.

For the best views on the island, head to Batch Vineyard. As the highest vineyard on Waiheke, you will be treated to panoramic views of the rolling hills, blue waters, and even Auckland city. Their sparkling wine, Blanc de Blancs is a must-try.

When it comes to lunch, there are two spots to choose from. The first is Stonyridge, which is also where you can taste premium award-winning wines, including a Cabernet blend Larose—New Zealand’s cult wine. The second is Mudbrick, a romantic spot, set amongst beautiful gardens with even more spectacular views, and a bar and bistro serving up some of the best dishes on the island.

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Photo: Natasha Bazika

Eat your way through the city

Auckland’s dining scene isn’t pretentious, but the food quality is good enough to rival the best restaurants in New York—but the city doesn’t like to brag. Instead, it celebrates good food in every setting, from waterside restaurants to trendy Mexican eateries in a shopping centre.

Inca, is helmed by critically acclaimed chef, Nic Watt. Inspired by Watt’s travels to Peru, diners can expect to find Nikkei cuisine, including spicy chicken karaage, hand-pressed corn tacos filled with pork cheek and spicy tuna. You wouldn’t expect to find such a good restaurant in a shopping centre, but there it is.

Another great trendy restaurant is Hello Beasty, which is home to the famous, prawn and crab toast. This work of art starts with a slice of crispy deep-fried bread, smothered with prawn and crab mousse. On top, there are slices of wagyu, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce. Although, there are plenty of other great dishes on the menu, including a Sichuan tuna tartare, Korean fried cauliflower, and potstickers swimming in chilli oil. Try the yuzu mandarin soda if you’re looking for something fizzy to go with dinner or lunch.

Deli De Bossi is a recent opening and already becoming a favourite breakfast spot. Apart from coffee, you can get all kinds of toasted sandwiches, filled with everything from mushrooms to hams and salamis.

Another iconic eat-hit list is Parade in Ponsonby. Here, the burgers are served in a pretzel bun and filled with chicken or beef.

Most of these restaurants are casual, but if you’re looking for something a little fancy, book a table at Kingi. Taking cues from Sydney’s own Josh Niland, the dishes at Kingi focus on sustainable seafood, caught locally by local fishermen. The blue cod wings are a must. They’re covered in burnt lime and served with a ranch sauce for dipping. The stracciatella with feijoa is also a standout dish, that’s light and a great start to a meal. Inside, the dining room is cosy with bench seats, fire heaters, and exploded brick walls.

After dinner, walk down the street and grab dessert from Miann. The flavour of the day is always chocolate, and they serve up seriously good desserts. Try the tasting platter for a piece of each pastry on the menu of the day, or pick one that is most desirable to you. Although, the tasting platter is only $23 and you’d be missing out on tasting a little of everything they offer if you didn’t get it.

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Photo: Natasha Bazika

Discover art, culture, and movie magic

One of the best ways to learn about a city or country is by visiting its top museums and galleries. The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits atop a hill in Auckland’s Domain, which also happens to be the city’s oldest volcano. This museum is one of the most important as it tells the story of New Zealand’s natural and military history. Take a self-guided walking tour to explore at your own pace. There are plenty of interactive features for the kids and adults. The museum also hosts exhibitions. An ancient Greek exhibition is currently on display and is one of the largest exhibitions the British Museum has ever loaned to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Art lovers, spend a few hours wandering around the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O Tāmaki. You will find artworks from around the world, including a Picasso or two. Although, the exhibitions are a real treat. Yona Lee’s, An Arrangement of Five Rooms is an incredible installation, spanning multiple rooms, which you can sit on and touch—to immerse yourself in the artwork. Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, is another must-see exhibition exploring the most pressing issues of our times: climate change and resilience, tino rangatiratanga (sovereignty), activism and social justice.

While art and history museums are insightful and a great way to educate a visitor, there are some other museum types that can be a lot of fun and interactive. Weta Workshop Unleashed is a new Auckland attraction and an incredible experience you don’t want to miss. Step into the world of filmmaking, explore how horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films are made and at times feel as if you’re in a movie. Comedic tour guides will introduce you to movies that are in production and explain every aspect, from prop making to effects, and more. There are even mysteries to be solved, making it fun for the whole family. It’s truly an unmissable experience in Auckland, and one of the best, unique tours you might ever experience.

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Walk on a volcano

Erupting over 100,000 years ago, Pukekawa is one of Auckland’s oldest and most popular volcanoes. Today, the Domain parkland is the remains of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of Pukekawa. Most days you will see people running around the park, families picnicking on the weekend, and tourists snapping photos by the pond or under a magnificent tree, grown from an experiment conducted by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society. Enter from one end, enjoy a picturesque walk, and exit through the historic Parnell shopping and restaurant area. On a sunny day, the atmosphere is charged with romance, but even in the rain, it’s a moody, beautiful sight to see. The Auckland War Memorial Museum’s large neo-Greek architecture is also a standout, commanding top-of-the-mountain views.

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Where to stay in Auckland

If you’re looking to sleep on top of the world, you can’t beat a room in Cordis Auckland’s new Pinnacle Tower. From the pillowy-cloud-like beds, guests have sweeping views of the city from the Sky Tower to Rangitoto and Mount Eden. Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the Eight restaurant downstairs, and canapes and drinks in the Cordis Club lounge on the 14th floor. There’s also a health club, spa, and swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance to some of the best eateries in Auckland, making it a prime option.

Although, if you’re looking to stay in the heart of Britomart, Auckland’s hub of shopping, eating, and drinking, then The Hotel Britomart is where you want to be. From its exterior of hand-made bricks to its beautifully timber-lined rooms, The Hotel Britomart does detail like nobody else. Plus, the best of downtown waterfront Auckland is just outside your front door. With 5 Green Star Design and Build ratings from the NZ Green Building Council, The Hotel Britomart is the country’s ONLY 5 Green Star hotel, and has sustainability built in from the ground up. 

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