The Best Holiday Rentals 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.
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. Check out more like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Akaroa.
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2. 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, heat pump, free WiFi and Sky TV.
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3. 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.
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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 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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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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6. 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 have their own kitchenettes, while bunk rooms for the kids are also part of the set-up. For more accommodation like this, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa.
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- Harbour Studios on Booking.com
- Harbour Studios on Airbnb – Don’t forget your FREE NZ$45 of Airbnb credit on us!
7. 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. See more affordable options in the 5 Best Budget Accommodation in Akaroa.
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8. 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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9. 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 Accommodation in Akaroa.
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10. The Red Bus
And for something too quirky to miss, check out The Red Bus in Little River! This contemporary renovated bus is now a self-contained accommodation complete with a hot shower, kitchen, antique pot-belly stove and a queen-sized bed. The toilet is in a separate hut next to the bus. Go on, it’s worth at least one night’s stay on your way to or from Akaroa!