Destination guide

Head Down Under and discover the "land of the long white cloud"

There's no denying New Zealand is a long way from anywhere. But boy is it worth the trip. Made up of 2 main islands in the Tasman Sea, it's an incredibly diverse country that will take you from active volcanoes to white sandy beaches in subtropical climes. You can bungee from bridges, cruise down fiords, ski down pistes, walk on glaciers, and hike through rainforests. Oh, and there are plenty of opportunities to jump out of an aircraft, too. Holidays in New Zealand vacation rentals are all about whatever you want them to be.

Things to do

Go on a quest to Hobbiton, lord of NZ's cinematic attractions

With New Zealand vacation rentals scattered throughout the country, you're never far from the hottest tickets in town. The bucolic Hobbiton Movie Set lies close to Matamata, and Lord of the Rings fans won't want to miss the chance to explore this slice of Middle Earth. Learn all about the country's past at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, or head for Napier to find streets packed with art deco–inspired buildings constructed after an earthquake devastated the city in 1931. New Zealand is famous for its wine and no visit would be complete without a Wairau Valley vineyard tour.


Extreme sports and adrenaline-pumping action in New Zealand

New Zealand has a well deserved reputation as the world's leading adventure destination. It all started at the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown when the very first commercial bungee jump opened for business in 1988. Today, you can go snowboarding in The Remarkables, kayaking on Lake Wanaka, skydiving over Taupo, and climbing up Mount Taranaki. Head to the waters off Kaikoura and go in search of giant sperm whales, or take a guided tour on the ice at Franz Josef Glacier. Heli-tours, mountain biking, nature safaris, and horse riding are all on offer. You can even go panning for gold in Arrowtown.


Enjoy the temperate climate, but do pack a sweater

As an island nation, New Zealand tends to benefit from a fairly temperate climate. Springs are crisp and summers warm. That said, the diverse nature of the terrain means things aren't quite that straightforward. Pay a visit to the Bay of Islands in winter and you won't see the mercury dip much past 50 degrees. Head to Queenstown at the same time of year and a t-shirt won't do you much good thanks to average lows of 30 degrees. The seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere, so keep costs down by booking New Zealand vacation rentals outside of the main holiday period of December to February.

Natural features

Join the hordes and get snap happy in NZ

If there's one thing you can't escape in New Zealand, it's natural beauty. The risk of picking up a repetitive strain injury from clicking your smartphone or camera too much is real. Of course, you'll forget all about that as you cruise down Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. The views are just as impressive from the top of Ben Lomond near Queenstown as they are in the subtropical Bay of Islands, or from Ohope Beach as you gaze toward White Island, New Zealand's most active volcano. Whales, dolphins, kiwis, penguins, and tui are all here waiting to be spotted, so don't forget your binoculars.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Zealand?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,575 vacation rentals near New Zealand. From 7,118 Houses to 117 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Zealand for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New Zealand?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Zealand. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Auckland City: 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Queenstown: 680 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka: 424 vacation rentals
  • Rotorua: 378 vacation rentals
  • Christchurch City: 318 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New Zealand! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New Zealand?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Zealand:

  • Auckland City: 1,138 rentals
  • Queenstown: 680 rentals
  • Wanaka: 424 rentals
  • Rotorua: 378 rentals
  • Christchurch City: 318 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to New Zealand?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in New Zealand are:

  • Wellington International Airport (WLG): 172 vacation rentals
  • Greymouth (GMN): 41 vacation rentals
  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 577 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New Zealand?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in New Zealand. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ohau Point Lookout: 55 rentals
  • Mitchells Gully Gold Mine: 39 rentals
  • Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest: 396 rentals
  • Hobbiton Movie Set: 69 rentals
  • Whangamata Beach: 458 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Zealand listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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