Surrounded by picturesque natural scenery and filled with museums, galleries, parks, and gardens, Wellington is a charming New Zealand city with lots to offer. The city is also known for its incredible food scene, and the diverse population makes for an impressive array of international cuisine. Wellington is a super-convenient vacation spot, as it is a very walkable city and truly has something for everyone. Sites such as Wellington Botanical Garden, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, and Kaitoke Regional Park are great for nature lovers, and unique attractions like the Wellington Cable Car and Old St. Paul’s Cathedral are perfect for history buffs.
No matter what brings you to this exciting destination, you’ll need to find a great vacation rental to rest your head during your stay. To this end, we’ve created the following list of the best Airbnbs in Wellington. To ensure that all of these rentals are convenient and reliable, they all come equipped with modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, and most of them are presided over by superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing outstanding hospitality.
Stylish 19th-Century Cottage
Kicking off our list is an entire cottage for rent in the Mount Victoria neighborhood of Wellington.
The charming rental is styled with modern furnishings and colorful artwork, and there are large skylight windows and an open floor plan to make the space bright and airy. Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the cottage offers one bedroom with a queen-size bed and one full bathroom. There is also a convenient desk space next to a large window in the bedroom, and the pristine full bathroom comes equipped with a heated towel rack, heated floors, and a separate walk-in shower and soaking tub. Common areas include a sunny dining area as well as a stylish living room with a Smart TV and a cozy indoor fireplace. When you’re not out exploring the famed local dining scene, there is a modern full kitchen for preparing meals. The best part of the rental is the large set of French doors that open fully and connect the living space with the beautiful private terrace.
Mount Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the city, and this exquisite Wellington Airbnb offers easy access to plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and cinemas. Oriental Bay and the Museum of New Zealand are also nearby, as are the Wellington Town Belt Hikes.
Heritage-Listed Cottage in Petone
For another charming and private home for rent near Wellington, check out this spacious two-bedroom house near the beach.
Furnished with one queen-size bed, one double bed, and one single bed, the house can sleep up to five guests, making it perfectly suited for families and groups of friends. The modern interior boasts a stylish design with minimalist décor, and the spacious common areas include a formal dining space and a cozy living room with an indoor fireplace. The apartment also comes with one full bathroom and one full kitchen equipped with modern stainless-steel appliances, a dishwasher, and a dual washer-dryer. Outside, you’ll find a private fenced-in terrace with a comfy outdoor sofa and twinkling string lights for relaxing evenings spent in the fresh air. In addition to being hosted by an experienced superhost, the cottage also boasts Airbnb Plus status – an exclusive status for stylish Airbnbs that have been verified through in-person inspection.
This rental is located just outside of the city and is one of the best Wellington Airbnbs for a quiet stay next to the beach. Additional nearby attractions include craft-beer bars, ethnic restaurants, and boutiques, and the city center is just a 10-minute walk away.
Modern Apartment in the Heart of the City
This first-floor apartment in Wellington Central is the perfect choice for a comfy stay in the center of the action.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental is furnished with a queen-size bed and comes with a full kitchen with a breakfast bar. The focal point of the home is the bright and spacious living room, which features two comfy sofas for additional guests and a full wall of windows that let in a ton of natural light. Warm wood finishes and green hanging plants add to the stylish ambiance of the modern interior, and additional amenities include an in-building elevator and a washer and dryer.
Ideally located on a bustling central street, this Airbnb in Wellington is just steps away from exciting attractions like live music venues, food markets, bars, and restaurants.
Tranquil Guest Suite With Sea Views
Enjoy a relaxing stay in a quiet neighborhood with this brand-new guest suite near Wellington Harbor.
The studio space is completely self-contained with a private deck overlooking the water and the airport runway. Illuminated by a large wall of windows facing the beautiful green scenery, the combined living room and bedroom is bright and airy and features one king-size bed, elegant emerald lounge chairs, and a wall-mounted TV. Also outfitted with a kitchenette, a dining table, and a luxurious full bathroom, the suite is super-comfortable and perfect for short or extended stays. There is one free parking space available for guests, and the rental comes with a private entrance with a digital keypad.
Situated on gorgeous property with scenic views, this peaceful short-term rental in Wellington is just a 10-minute drive away from the ferry terminal and the city center.
Inner City Cottage
Kick back with modern amenities and a shared garden in this fully renovated heritage Airbnb in Wellington.
The cozy cottage offers one bedroom with a queen-size bed and one full bathroom, making it an ideal choice for couples. There is also a full kitchen with an electric cooktop and a dishwasher, and the living room is furnished with a two-person dining table. An extra bed will be provided for additional guests, and if you’re traveling with a car, you can park for free on the property. Pets are allowed in the cottage, and additional amenities include a shared back garden and a washer and dryer.
With free parking and a convenient location in the center of the city, this rental is perfect for anyone looking to explore Wellington on foot.
Homely Guesthouse in the Suburbs
This charming Wellington Airbnb offers solo travelers and couples a peaceful oasis in the bustling suburb of Newtown.
The unique guesthouse consists of two separate spaces, one bedroom and a common area with a kitchen and a bathroom, connected by a covered walkway. Furnished with a queen-size bed and a desk, the cozy bedroom also comes with fluffy bathrobes, slippers, and a full-length mirror. In the bathroom, you’ll find a modern walk-in shower and a stack of plush towels, and the full kitchen is equipped with a washing machine and an extensive assortment of breakfast items, including eggs, fruit, and cereal. The property is shared with the host’s main home, but the guesthouse is completely private with its own entrance and a side pathway leading to a beautiful and sunny backyard.
Known for its delicious food and local market, Newtown is the perfect place to be for a comfortable stay that is both quiet and convenient. Both the beach and the city center are just a 30-minute walk or a short drive away.
Central City Character Loft
Combining rich history and contemporary comforts, this private vacation apartment for rent in Wellington offers a unique stay in the city center.
The building’s gorgeous facade is matched by this apartment’s warm and welcoming interior. Hardwood floors, high-end furnishings, and funky artwork add to the rental’s stylish appeal, and large windows brighten up the space. Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the one-bedroom loft is equipped with a king-size bed and a modern full bathroom. There is also an updated full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and beautiful hanging lights, and the apartment is equipped with a dishwasher, a washing machine, and a dryer. Another luxurious feature is an in-building elevator that leads directly into the apartment, and complimentary breakfast is included with your stay.
Situated in one of the most photographed buildings in the city, this one-of-a-kind rental apartment in Wellington is within walking distance of top attractions like New Zealand’s national museum and the waterfront.
Relaxed Retreat Near the Water
Perfect for a tranquil seaside getaway, this eclectic apartment rental in Wellington offers a super-comfortable stay at an affordable rate.
Although the apartment is connected to the host’s main home, it is completely private with a separate entrance and a private full bathroom. Spacious and comfy, the unique rental comes with one bedroom with a king-size bed. There is also a well-decorated living area with a comfy sofa and a lofted double bed, making the apartment suited for up to four guests. Beach-themed décor and fun trinkets add a ton of character to the cheerful interior, and French doors in the living room open onto a charming porch with lush greenery and bench seating. Kitchen amenities include a microwave and a refrigerator, and if you don’t feel like cooking, you’ll find plenty of waterfront restaurants nearby.
This ideally located Wellington Airbnb sits right across the street from the beach in a walkable neighborhood with beautiful natural scenery.
Luxury Apartment in the Heart of the City
If you’re looking for an elegant Airbnb in Wellington with high-end amenities and a bit more space, check out this two-bedroom apartment in the city center.
Nestled on the 10th floor of the premium residential development known as One Market Lane, this luxurious rental comes with access to a gym, a conference room, and even an on-site cinema. Up to four guests can stay in the apartment, which is furnished with one king-size bed and two single beds, all of which are made up of super-soft linens. There are also two modern full bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers for even more privacy, and the apartment comes with a designer full kitchen with shiny white finishes and stainless-steel appliances. A full wall of windows illuminates the big open living room, and the high position of the apartment makes for some pretty incredible views.
From bars and restaurants to museums and galleries, everything you need is just a short walk away.
Spacious Contemporary Apartment
This three-bedroom apartment boasts incredible waterfront views and makes one of the best Airbnb rentals in Wellington for larger families and groups of friends.
Designed to satisfy even the highest standards, the beautifully appointed interior is filled with sleek light-colored furnishings and a ton of natural light. Up to six guests can stay in the apartment, which is equipped with three comfy queen-size beds and two luxurious full bathrooms. One of the bathrooms is an en suite connected to the master bedroom, and guests also have access to a full contemporary kitchen and laundry facilities. The open-plan living area is the perfect place to enjoy the views with a full wall of glass leading onto a private balcony. The space also offers a comfy leather sofa and a dining table, and guests can dine at the convenient breakfast bar in the kitchen.
Walk five minutes and arrive at several restaurants, cinemas, and museums, or check out the famous Courtenay Place entertainment district and Waitangi Sunday market.
Funky City Studio
Rent an apartment in Wellington that boasts a clean and cozy interior and an ideal location with this downtown studio.
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the self-contained guest suite comes equipped with a king-size bed and one full bathroom. The suite also features a convenient microwave and coffee facilities, and there is a small and sunny garden that can be accessed through a set of glass doors next to the bed. There is also a small dining table and a few lounge chairs where you can eat or relax in view of the wall-mounted TV. The apartment is pet-friendly, and additional amenities include free parking and access to laundry facilities.
There is plenty to do nearby, and you’ll find several cafés, restaurants, breweries and museums within walking distance of the apartment. The popular Cuba Street, with its vibrant art galleries and vintage shops, is also just a short walk away, and you can drive to the waterfront in minutes.
Waterfront Apartment With Sunset Views
Nestled in the iconic Oriental Bay neighborhood, this luxurious studio apartment is set right on the water’s edge.
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the elegant studio is furnished with a king-size bed and beautiful green armchairs. There is also a small table for working or dining, and the full kitchen even comes with complimentary snacks and wine. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the harbor from the wall-length window in the chic living space or de-stress in the pristine full bathroom with scented candles, bathrobes, and plush towels. The inclusion of an in-unit washing machine makes the apartment all the more convenient, and additional amenities include an in-building elevator and beach gear. Whether you need a convenient home base for exploring the city or a tranquil place to enjoy the stunning views, this could be the perfect Wellington Airbnb for you.
Oriental Bay is known for its luxurious rentals and incredible beaches, and this convenient apartment is just a stone’s throw away from the shore.
Country Garden Retreat
Enjoy a laid-back stay in a comfy and modern rental with this unique guest suite surrounded by gardens.
The suite is in a private wing of the host’s main home and comes with a separate courtyard entrance and free parking. Equipped with a queen-size bed, a full bathroom, and a convenient workspace, the one-bedroom apartment is perfect for one or two guests looking for a comfy place to crash. There is also a compact kitchenette next to the open-plan living area, which is furnished with a comfy sofa and a small dining table. In the private courtyard, you’ll find a beautiful selection of plants and a live-edge dining table, and the space is surrounded by a tall wood fence for maximum privacy. If you’re traveling with additional guests, there is room for two in a private bedroom in the host’s main home.
Conveniently situated on a quiet street near the ferry, this serene Airbnb in Wellington is just a short drive or train ride away from the city center.
Designer Tiny Home With Incredible Views
Nestled on a ridgeline overlooking the city, this unique Airbnb in Wellington boasts sprawling views that extend all the way out to the coast.
The custom home features an artful design with a pitched roof, a glass facade, and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, and outdoor space includes a beautiful wrap-around porch and a grassy lawn surrounded by trees. Up to four guests can stay in the home, which offers a lofted queen-size bed and a living room sofa bed as well as a modern full bathroom. The open-concept living room is warmed by a cozy woodstove and also features a kitchenette and a dining table. For indoor entertainment, you’ll find a wall-mounted TV in the lofted sleeping area and a stocked bookshelf in the living room.
Set in a family-friendly neighborhood just outside of the city, this Airbnb is perfect for anyone interested in a restful yet convenient stay. In the immediate vicinity, you’ll find several facilities and attractions such as cafés, a corner shop, and a bowling club.
Spacious Sea View Apartment
Wrapping up our list of the best Airbnbs in Wellington is a newly constructed rental unit overlooking Cook Strait.
This sunny two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is furnished with one king-size bed, two single beds, and one set of bunk beds. The interior design is chic and modern, and there are picturesque windows scattered throughout the home that connect you with the surrounding nature and unobstructed sea views. What’s more, the rental features a beautiful open-plan living space complete with an ultra-modern full kitchen, a dining table, a lounge area, and a charming window seat. The focal point of the home is the relaxing outdoor hot tub overlooking the water, and additional amenities include an in-unit washing machine and baby gear available upon request.
Conveniently located just five minutes away from the airport near Lyall Bay, this stunning apartment is the perfect launch pad for exploring the city and the coast.
In a city as compact and naturally stunning as New Zealand’s capital, you’re bound to find a ton of great places to stay. Hopefully this list helps expedite your search for the best vacation rentals in Wellington.