The Best Holiday Homes in Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula
After a day cruising around the Akaroa Harbour, going on a penguin safari, checking out the French town or hiking the trails, retreat to your own private space at one of Akaroa‘s holiday homes. From romantic luxury retreats to unique and unusual stays, there are holiday homes to suit an array of needs, tastes and group sizes. Choose from some of our favourites in this list of the best holiday homes in Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula.
For more advice on planning your getaway, check out The Complete Guide to Akaroa and the 15 Best Things to Do in Akaroa.
Perched on a hillside overlooking the bays, Mumfords is an idyllic retreat suitable for couples. The holiday home accommodation is just a short drive from Akaroa, set in 20 acres of gardens, native bush and inner-harbour coastline. The interior is stylishly decorated with a farm cottage feel, which spans across its open-plan kitchen, dining and living area to the bedroom with French doors opening out onto an extensive elevated deck.
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2. Kotare Point Paradise – Akaroa Holiday Home
Got a larger group? Kotare Point Paradise might just be the holiday home you need to let the stress melt away at a stunning location near Akaroa. This modern three-bedroom two-bathroom house sleeps up to six guests and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows to soak in the views of Takamatua Bay. Enjoy an al fresco dinner on the patio with a barbecue or take it inside to the sociable open-plan layout with a breakfast bar and coffee machine.
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- Kotare Point Paradise on Bachcare – And see more listings in Akaroa on Bachcare, the NZ version of Airbnb.
3. Cherrywood Cottage
Nestled in native bush on the outskirts of Akaroa, Cherrywood Cottage not only captures tranquillity but spectacular Akaroa Harbour views. The two-bedroom holiday home offers many spaces to unwind between the spa bath and gorgeous gardens. You’ll settle in with ease thanks to the breakfast supplies at hand, as well as the luxury mattress toppers and plush bedspreads supplied in each bedroom – all for a very irresistible price. Discover more stays ideal for families in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Akaroa.
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4. Kanuka Cottage
This two-bedroom cottage is an enticing prospect for families, featuring a room with a queen bed and another with two singles. The tranquil retreat, just a short drive from the town centre, boasts fresh and elegant decor, a kitchen with hobs and a dishwasher, and an extensive deck leading out to lush gardens. You have laundry facilities at your disposal, as well as a log burner for those chilly winter evenings. The elevated views of the harbour are another bonus!
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5. Bellbird Bach – Akaroa Holiday Home
Wake up to a chorus of birdsong at this two-bedroom holiday home perched on the Akaroa back hills. If the innovative architecture of the Bellbird Bach is not enough to wow you, then perhaps the secluded wood-fired hot tub on the property will! In summer, relax on the deck with a barbecue and your tunes on the Bluetooth sound system, while in winter you can snuggle by the fire. Check out more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Akaroa.
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- Bellbird Bach on Bachcare – And see more listings in Akaroa on Bachcare, the NZ version of Airbnb.
6. The Boathouse – Akaroa Holiday Home
A holiday home with a difference, The Boathouse not only boasts contemporary interiors with a magnificent circular window but has the harbour views worthy of this design choice. This couples’ retreat is only a short walk from the town centre, yet offers plenty of reasons to want to relax in its easy living design. Enjoy tasteful artwork and furnishings tidily displayed throughout the open-plan studio complete with a kitchen, a lounge with a TV featuring streaming services, and a sunny deck to soak in more of those marvellous views.
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- The Boathouse on Bachcare – And see more listings in Akaroa on Bachcare, the NZ version of Airbnb.
7. Harbour Studios
Across the harbour from Akaroa, Harbour Studios provides a stunningly scenic retreat away from the bustle. Sleeping up to seven guests, this holiday home in Wainui is a special place for families and groups to spend time together. Enjoy listening to the birds as you relax on the patio or walk down to the nearby beach or tennis courts. Each of the queen rooms has its own kitchenettes, while bunk rooms for the kids are also part of the set-up.
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8. Love Akaroa Retreat
A no-brainer for couples looking for a romantic escape, Love Akaroa Retreat is another extraordinary holiday home boasting upscale features. The one-bedroom abode is located on the hillside overlooking native bush and the ocean. Each room is tastefully furnished and thought out, such as the large open-plan kitchen and lounge spilling onto a private terrace with an outdoor bathtub. See more couple-centric stays like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Akaroa.
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9. Historic Shipping Office Akaroa
For something extra special, retreat to the “Old Shipping Office” which is mere footsteps from Akaroa’s main wharf and has an array of dining opportunities. This historic building has been lovingly renovated to include two bedrooms with double beds, a spa bath, a cosy gas fire and a functional kitchenette all without disrupting the stylish historical ambience of the place. For more self-contained stays like this, check out the 10 Best Self-Contained Accommodations in Akaroa.
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10. Le Loft
A standalone unit in a local back garden, Le Loft is a peaceful and affordable hideaway for one or two guests. The small holiday home is located along a quiet street yet close enough to town for easy access to dining, which you’ll need as the only cooking facilities available are the barbecue and breakfast-making facilities. The cute unit is well-appointed with a queen bed and seating area, also with complimentary tea and coffee. See more affordable stays like this in the 8 Best Budget Accommodations in Akaroa.
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11. Akaroa Coastal Cottage
Akaroa Coastal Cottage is ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together. The elevated cottage amidst native bush and boasting glorious harbour views sleeps up to six people. It’s a place to embrace nature when waking up to the sound of birds and spotting dolphins from the deck. You have all your homely appliances here, including a full kitchen and barbecue, a large bath, a heat pump, free WiFi and Sky TV.
12. Number One Archdalls, Robinson Bay
Kick back in the spa pool and watch the sunset from the elevated position of Number One Archdalls in Robinson Bay. The holiday home accommodates four guests across two bedrooms and two separate bathrooms. The high-ceiling open-plan living and kitchen area boasts modern amenities, such as a dishwasher, coffee machine, smart TV and free WiFi.
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For a central stay in Akaroa, consider Harbourside. Perfect for two couples travelling together, the holiday home features two bedrooms with queen beds. While the accommodation doesn’t feature an outside area, you can enjoy relaxing in the lounge with large bay windows offering partial harbour views. Make use of the well-equipped kitchen with tea and coffee provided, but with such close proximity to the town’s eateries, it’s common for the kitchen to go untouched!
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14. The Lighthouse
One of the most affordable holiday homes in Akaroa is the studio accommodation of The Lighthouse. The easy-to-find accommodation sits atop Akaroa township with unbeatable views of the harbour. Stay in the freshly designed and decorated studio-for-two with an elevated deck overlooking the harbour and nestled in gardens.
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15. Laneside Cottage
Laneside Cottage offers a cute and colourful stay for up to two guests. The private holiday home contains a kitchenette with drink-making supplies provided, as well as an ensuite. Enjoy the harbour views between the trees from your bedroom window or the deck. Indulge in the spa bath and keep cosy with the log burner and firewood provided. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Akaroa.
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More About Holiday Homes in Akaroa
That’s it for our list of the best holiday homes in Akaroa but by no means the end of our travel tips! Check out these following guides for more experiences and stays in Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula.
- 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Akaroa
- 10 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Akaroa
- The Complete Travel Guide to Akaroa
Finally, plan more of your trip around the South Island using the South Island in 2 Weeks: Road Trip Itinerary and New Zealand in 3 Weeks: Road Trip Itinerary.