Overseas getaways may be on the back burner, but one thing COVID has taught us is that we do staycations extremely well, and with such epic scenery and stunning accommodation on offer in New Zealand, who’s really winning.
If you’re after a relaxing vacay where you can unwind and recoup, then we’ve got you.Soak up the luxury at the best Airbnb's in NZ with outdoor baths—if that hasn't got you packing your bags, we don't know what will.
The Best Airbnbs With Outdoor Baths In The North Island
The Yurt Wai Rua
If you like to think of yourself as a bit of a professional relaxer then boy have we got a treat for you. The Yurt Wai Rua is the ultimate off-the-grid break set amongst picturesque farmland and pristine native bush. If it’s peace and quiet you’re after then look no further... in fact, your only neighbours are farm animals—ducks, native birds, cows galore and even a very friendly pig called Frankie. You can’t get more off the map than that. Come morning take in the tranquil lake views and by night soak in the 'Gram-worthy wood-fired hot tub. Other perks include freshly made bread, eggs and bacon for you to enjoy and a wood burn fire— yep, you read that right, they have a wood fire in the yurt to keep you warm and cosy all night long. Sounds dreamy, right?
Light-Filled Studio With Outdoor Soaking Tub
If you think comfort is key then book your stay at this sleek light-filled studio, where you can live a life of luxury for the weekend. This ain't no ordinary Airbnb, no siree! It’s the crème de la crème of Airbnb's, offering a touch of class to your vacay with contemporary furniture, large windows, lush gardens and an alfresco bathtub that’s to die for. So, what are you waiting for? RSVP to the ultimate weekend of relaxation now.
Serenity Hill Cabin
If it’s serene views you’re after then the Bay of Plenty is home to some of the best views around. Pack your bags and check into Serenity Hill Cabin, which offers stunning 360-degree coastal views over Rangitikei Plains and the Pacific Ocean to Motuhere (Whale Island) and Whakaari (White Island). Not only do they serve views for days, but they also have everything you need at the cabin, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. With a luxurious queen bed, complimentary tea and coffee, a free continental breaky for you to sink your teeth into and we can’t forget the cedar hot tub on the deck. Go on, treat yo’self, after all, you deserve it.
The Syrah Shack
If you’re looking for an off-the-grid vacay, then we know just the spot. Escape the city and head to the Bay of Islands for a weekend of glamorous glamping. Hidden inside native bush and nestled behind syrah vines is The Syrah Shack—an eco-retreat that will simply sweep you off your feet. Just a 10-minute drive outside the stunning historic town of Russell, you’ll have a vineyard, cellar door and eatery just 1km from your front door, but something tells us you’ll want to stay in for the night. Kick back on the super king bed, cook up a storm in the outdoor style kitchen and don’t forget to pack your bath bomb for the ultimate soak in the outdoor oak barrelled bath for two. We don't know about you, but we’re packed and ready to go.
Looking for something pretty spesh? Well, look no further—round up the crew and prepare for a weekend getaway in Raglan at Akatea Hill, where you can connect with nature in your very own secluded cabin surrounded by native bush and don’t get us started on the stunning views. Unwind with vino in one hand and a book in the other and recharge in complete privacy—with only the native birds to keep you company, you’re guaranteed not to be disturbed. Oh and no relaxing sesh is complete without a soak in a hot bath under the stars. Absolute bliss!
The Best Airbnbs With Outdoor Baths In The South Island
If you’re heading to the mountains this winter then you’re going to want to stay at Birch Haven, a little slice of paradise that is guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your stay. If you’re a bit of a pro skier or snowboarder then the best thing after hitting the slopes is having a well-deserved soak in the hot tub. Crank up the spa setting and pop a bottle of bubbly all while taking in the epic views of Lake Wakitipu and The Remarkables in Queenstown. Can life get much better than this? We think not.
It’s no secret that the Abel Tasman is a piece of paradise and that we’re all dying to go there right now. If you’re the lucky one heading to this wonderland, you’re going to want somewhere equally as stunning to rest your head. Check out The Kite—a laid-back luxury villa that’s practically right beside the Abel Tasman National Park. So, get your exploring hat on and head into the wilderness for a day of adventure. After a day in the outdoors head back and immerse yourself in the outdoor tub while gazing up at the Southern Hemisphere's stunning night sky. That’s not the only gem, as well as farm animals, free bikes, a welcome basket filled with local nibbles and beverages, they also do their bit for charity as they’re part of the Stay For Good Programme, which means ten per cent of profits will be donated to charities in New Zealand and across the globe that focus on arts, community, and sustainability. Winning!
Alpine Cubes NZ
If you're planning a trip to the deep south anytime soon then we suggest getting your cosy on because it’s going to be chilly as. There is no better place to get all snug than at the Alpine Cubes —a wee cabin that is home to the best stargazing in the world, an ever-changing skyline, fresh air and water straight from the mountains. Damn, doesn’t that make you feel alive? There’s even a wood-fired hot-tub to heat things up and the chances you’ll see a shooting star are second to none. This 50m2 cabin can sleep up to six people, so round up the troops and make this a holiday to remember and don’t let the extreme alpine weather conditions stop you.
If like us, you love being amongst the mountains then we’ve found your next vacay. Book your flights to Wanaka and set up shop at this boutique mountain hideaway. The Lookout is a super cool open-plan chalet that’s out of this world, with 'Gram-worthy views of the lake and mountains at your doorstep and a double outdoor bath to get lost in—what more could you ask for? While you’re at it, check out how to spend 72 hours in Wanaka.
Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat
We think it’s fair to say that New Zealand is the ultimate stargazing destination, so if you haven’t yet taken advantage of its clear night skies and no light pollution then we think it’s about time you do. How about from the comfort of a wood-fired hot tub? If this sounds like a bit of you then head to Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat in Lake Tekapo, where the stars shine bright way into the night. The lake is right on your front doorstep as well as the famous attraction Church of the Good Shepherd—while we know a whole weekend of hot tubbing sounds epic, be sure to explore the beauty of Lake Tekapo.
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