Last Updated November 23, 2020 11/23/2020

14 Best Vacation Rentals When Backpacking New Zealand

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New Zealand is a backpacker’s dream. With scenic trails that graze past glaciers and into lush and native foliage, it’s hard to beat the array of natural wonders New Zealand has to offer. The country is divided into the north and south island, and the north island is more laden with stunning beach space. Experts recommend heading to the south when wanting to experience a larger trail circuit and many famous hiking routes. We realize that when backpacking, it’s sometimes wonderful to have a comfy place to stay at night. So we’ve gathered some Airbnbs we think would be awesome for a little break along your trip.

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Te Pamu Escape Glamping - Te Ore Ore, Wellington
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Te Pamu Escape Glamping

Te Pamu Escape Glamping - Te Ore Ore, Wellington

Located amongst Wellington, is this glamorous tent with amenities like a fireplace, mini kitchen, and a romantic outdoor bathtub. Wellington is a diverse area, with impressive urban development, and loads of natural hiking trails! So this tent is an ideal in-between of both the outdoors and refinement, just like Wellington.

The Mud House - Pigeon Bay, Canterbury
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The Mud House

The Mud House - Pigeon Bay, Canterbury

Canterbury has such a vast landscape, and while standing amongst plains you can stare toward stunning mountain ranges. Continuing with the nature-focused theme of a backpacking trip, this mud brick home is honest and simple. Surrounding gardens and orchards welcome native birds which will wake you with a gentle chirp.

Omaka Valley Hut Glamping - Hawkesbury, Marlborough
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Omaka Valley Hut Glamping

Omaka Valley Hut Glamping - Hawkesbury, Marlborough

Marlborough, New Zealand may be more renowned for its winemaking industry. However, all of the hiking terrains is equally as incredible. Hikes can last just a day, or multiple days—either way, it will give you a taste of the stunning landscapes. Facing toward gently rolling hills of the valley, this off the grid hut is located on a working farm. Enjoy an outdoor soak in the tub, or just grab a bottle of wine from a local winery and watch the sunset.

Terako Hut - Mt Lyford, Marlborough
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Mt Lyford - Terako Hut , Lake Stella

Terako Hut - Mt Lyford, Marlborough

Also located in Marlborough, the hut is in a little bit different setting. Cozy up in the tiny abode, which sits within the mountains, right on a pristine lake. Melt away the day while soaking in a woodfired hot tub, which is filled with mountain spring water. The interior of the home is relatively simplistic, allowing nature to be front and center.

Alpine Cubes NZ - Ben Ohau, Canterbury
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Alpine Cubes NZ

Alpine Cubes NZ - Ben Ohau, Canterbury

Let us take you back to Canterbury, to a nicely sized cabin with a modern ambiance. Six guests can enjoy staring out the large windows at the surrounding open plain. From the hot tub, take in the mountain views. At night, take some time to stargaze and appreciate the low level of light pollution.

High Country Cabin Near Twizel - Ben Ohau, Canterbury
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High Country Cabin. Secluded getaway near Twizel

High Country Cabin Near Twizel - Ben Ohau, Canterbury

Designed with traditional backcountry huts in mind, this dwelling is a seamless blend of both chic and natural. Every sleeping nook is incredibly cozy, and huge living room windows let more of the view inside. Since this place is located near Twizel, an abundance of outdoor recreation from hiking to fishing is within grasp.

West Coast Private Hilltop Hideaway - Bethells Beach, Auckland
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West Coast private hilltop hideaway

West Coast Private Hilltop Hideaway - Bethells Beach, Auckland

If winding down near the coastal waters is your idea of a great evening after a day hiking, then you will love this stunning hilltop cottage. Lush foliage encapsulates the dreamy escape, and the beach can be accessed within a short walk. While partially off the grid, you will still have plenty of amenities like a flush toilet and hot shower.

Dunstan Cabin on a Hill - Bendigo, Otago
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Dunstan Cabin on a hill in the heart of Central

Dunstan Cabin on a Hill - Bendigo, Otago

In a word, Otago, New Zealand is amazing. Snowcapped mountains flow through the land, and if you’re lucky, there may be a penguin or two wandering around in the wild. This simplistic cabin sits on a rocky hill and is just downright striking. We like that its subtle design doesn’t take away from the surroundings.

Eco-Escape: Self-Contained Off-Grid Tiny Home - Korito, Taranaki
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ecoescape: self-contained off-grid tiny-home

Eco-Escape: Self-Contained Off-Grid Tiny Home - Korito, Taranaki

Something magical is happening here, with all the rustic wood and delicate chic touches. In one portion of the dwelling, there will be such a naturalistic feel, then there will be some things that add that eclectic vibe. Guests will be living off the grid and can either spend the day at the beach or along the trails.

Ica View Glamping - Whareama, Wellington
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Ica View Glamping

Ica View Glamping - Whareama, Wellington

Come enjoy something even more unique, a fun oval shaped Glamping structure overlooking the valley. It’s perfectly situated and offers something a little more secure than a tent. As a bonus, a nearby town has a pretty cool local pub where guests can have a brew and reconnect with civilization after spending the majority of their time in nature.

Off Grid Luxury Camping Experience - Egmont Village, Taranaki
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Off Grid Luxury Camping Experience

Off Grid Luxury Camping Experience - Egmont Village, Taranaki

When in this portion in New Zealand, you’ll be near the coast, and amongst lush rainforest and volcanoes. It goes without saying that the environment within the national park is incredible to explore. Come stay at this glamping tent, which is just as luxe as the previous. The actual tent structure houses the cozy sleeping space, then a more solid building offers additional amenities and an outdoor tub.

Lakeside Maisonette - Closeburn, Otago
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Lakeside Maisonette - absolute lakefront

Lakeside Maisonette - Closeburn, Otago

Live the lake life in this gorgeous cabin that sits higher up in the hills. Large windows let in plenty of natural light, and this is just one of those places where one can truly stay disconnected. However, you’ll also be close to Queenstown and all the offerings of the area. So if looking for something that sits in-between nature and civilization, this could be a great option.

Off-The-Grid Farm Cottage - Marlborough, New Zealand
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Off the grid and beaten track

Off-The-Grid Farm Cottage - Marlborough, New Zealand

The interior is simple, but oh the exterior! Mountains encircle this absolutely breathtaking structure, and the basic interior is the perfect pairing. The farm cottage was relocated onto this gorgeous piece of land, and guests can enjoying drinking fresh spring water and taking a break from electronics.

Romantic Glamping Getaway Near Matakana - Big Omaha, Auckland
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Romantic Glamping Getaway near Matakana

Romantic Glamping Getaway Near Matakana - Big Omaha, Auckland

Auckland may be one of New Zealand‘s largest cities, but that doesn’t mean that the surrounding areas don’t boast the iconic landscape, from beaches to forests. Tucked away are a few small tipis, upon cedar platforms. All the glamour one hopes for in a Glamping experience can be found here. So after spending the day roughing it, here you will find serenity.

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