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14 Most Unique Airbnbs in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that may come quite close to perfection. It’s two main islands and hundreds of smaller islands are brimming with natural wonders like caves and springs, while heavenly scenery drapes over nearly every inch. Adventurists come to backpack, ski, and just immerse into wildlife, but the cities such as Queenstown and Wellington offer a unique vibe. If you’re going to make the trek all the way here, you might as well stay somewhere as neat as the country itself, so we’ve rounded up the coolest Airbnbs in New Zealand.

Apollo 11 Spaceship with View of Mount Cook, Pukaki Apollo 11 space ship with view of mt cook
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Apollo 11 Spaceship with View of Mount Cook, Pukaki

Near Canterbury, at the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve at the Pukaki Airport, is an experience that’s literally out of this world. Guests will have private access to an Apollo space ship, which has been converted into a homey, star gazing haven amongst the scenic landscape of plains and mountains. And yes, there is a bathroom with a toilet and shower, plus a super cool skylight.

Cosy Stone Hut, Hawea Flat Cosy Stone Hut
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Cosy Stone Hut, Hawea Flat

This simplistic little abode is near lakes Wanaka and Hawea, so if you’re looking for some water recreation time or killer fishing, this unique, stone Airbnb awaits. Inside is a regular bed, and a set of bunk beds, along with the most precious fireplace. The Hawea Flat location is surrounded by boatloads of natural beauty, from rivers to mountains.

Glamping in an Alpine Environment, Lyford Harakeke Hut 1, glamping in an alpine environment
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Glamping in an Alpine Environment, Lyford

Along the Alpine Pacific Route, this domed hut is a snuggly place to stay in the winter or summer. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the alpine terrain to have much to offer when it comes to cycling, hiking and swimming in gorgeous waters. During the winter, skiing is a short walk away, and there’s a little ice skating rink onsite. Even though for a fee, it’s worth it to soak in the gas heated outdoor tub.

SKYLAB, Pukaki SKYLAB, Pukaki
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SKYLAB, Pukaki

Also located near Canterbury is this, well, we don’t really know. We do now it’s classified as a plane on Airbnb, and it looks super strange in a really cool kind of way. The bed is situated right underneath a massive window which piers toward the vibrant stars at night, and the surrounding mountains during the day.

Sleep in a Wine Barrel, Hawkesbury A Great Night's Sleep in a Dreamy Wine Barrel - Hawkesbury
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Sleep in a Wine Barrel, Hawkesbury

What could be more appropriately situated between vineyards and olive groves than a wine barrel cabin, complete with a cylindrical shape and wood structure? Surrounded by lush gardens, and with a stream trickling nearby, this fun themed escape will delight everyone, not just wine lovers, within its Marlborough setting.

Historic Train Carriage, Marsden Historic train carriage
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Historic Train Carriage, Marsden

In Marsden is an Airbnb all locomotive connoisseurs will appreciate, a historic train car that dates back to the beginning of the 1900s. In the 60s, it was even involved in a crash, but now is fully restored and looking better than ever. A “train station” has even been built around it, and provides kitchen and bathroom access. Complimentary breakfast is provided.

The Keep, Wellington The Keep, Wellington
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The Keep, Wellington

Peering over the diverse shores of New Zealand is this “castle”, which is a tall stone structure, much smaller than your average castle. The interior is composed of a lot of natural woods and blends perfectly with the exterior. But the showstopper of the entire place is the terrace on the roof, which allows guests to fully take in the surroundings—a picnic table makes it a great spot for dinner too.

Waitomo Woodlyn Park Hobbit Motel, Waitomo Waitomo Woodlyn Park Hobbit Motel
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Waitomo Woodlyn Park Hobbit Motel, Waitomo

Whimsical circular windows and a woodland essence give this hobbit hotel some serious charm. Goats actually graze overtop on the hill in which the structure is somewhat wedged into. Rent one room with a kitchenette, or the entire place if you’re bringing a friend. The Waikato location is optimal for adventure, and this Lord of the Ring inspired joint is the best place to base.

The Glasshouse, Whangarei The Glasshouse
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The Glasshouse, Whangarei

Starting things out on the high end of most budgets, we have quite literally, a glasshouse with all the gorgeous views one could hope for. A heavenly bed has views from nearly every angle, which continues into the outdoor platform with the most dreamy statement fireplace.

The Nest - Coastal Escape, Pihama The Nest — Coastal Escape
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The Nest - Coastal Escape, Pihama

Located near Pihama, this “nest” is striking in all aspects, from the simple yet luxurious style on a secluded stretch of land. That’s a sight for sore eyes after our last luxe listings. Guests will have unobstructed views of the Tasman Sea, in a natural, disconnected environment.

LoveBus - Romantic Escape Nestled in Nature, Raglan Raglan LoveBus - Romantic escape nestled in nature
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LoveBus - Romantic Escape Nestled in Nature, Raglan

Get ready for the ultimate romantic getaway near Raglan, on a stunning hillside with jaw-dropping views of the ocean. Those views can be enjoyed from the spacious deck, which also has an outdoor bath. Steps away is a fire pit area perfect for enjoying the stars. Oh, and the property itself is a house bus, self-proclaimed as the LoveBus.

Muriwai Homestead Cottage, Auckland Muriwai Homestead Cottage - Perfect Spot to Relax & Explore
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Muriwai Homestead Cottage, Auckland

Those looking for a deal, and Airbnb Plus status will be delighted to find this cottage in Auckland for a budget-friendly price. With a precious kitchen and vibrant surrounding gardens, guests can feel a million miles away, while actually being quite close to all the offerings of the city.

Flax Pod Shipping Container Cabin, Pohara The 'Flax Pod' shipping container cabin
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Flax Pod Shipping Container Cabin, Pohara

Views for miles, you’ll truly get major bang for your buck at this tranquil shipping container dwelling in Pohara. While pretty basic, perks include lounging space out and inside, which overlook Golden Bay. The space features a kitchen, outdoor shower, and surroundings perfect for exploring.

The Shed and Breakfast, Otaio The Shed and Breakfast
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The Shed and Breakfast, Otaio

The Shed and Breakfast is a quaint farm stay near Canterbury, where travelers get fully immersed into farm life while having a cozy, rustic space to rest their head for the night. Fresh bread, milk, eggs and all the tasty goodness produced by the farm are available to guests, further adding authenticity to the experience. And the home-cooked meals are everything one could hope for.

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