Best Short-Term Home Rentals in New Zealand

The 6 Best Short-Term Home Rentals in NZ

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Looking for rental homes where you can feel relaxed and cosy? If so, you’re on the right page, as we’ve gathered the best short-term home rentals in NZ for you here.

Our list is based on contemporary, clean, and fully furnished homes. We also chose those that are very close to the city and have been commended by former guests.

You will surely have a great experience with your family or friends at these homes. So without more tarrying, here are the best short-term home rentals in NZ!

1)  The Boathouse Russell Waterfront

The Boathouse Russell Waterfront's Living Room
BEST FOR Short-term home rental with boating activities
SERVICES 3 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms Kayaking Heat Pump / AC Unit Free Wifi, Sky TV & BBQ
ADDRESS 49 The Strand, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS You can enquire through the link above

Located in the Bay of Islands, the Boathouse Russell Waterfront can give you lovely pohutukawa trees, fun kayaking activities, and mesmerising sunsets.

The property’s layout consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms perfect for up to 7 guests. They have a spacious and cosy interior with windows looking out to the sea.

Fully equipped, the place has a heat pump and AC units as well as free Wifi, a Sky TV, and a barbecue grill. It’s the perfect vacation for your mates and family.

A boat ramp is very close by for a unique kayaking experience. Also, you’re just two minutes away from great flat whites and breakfast or a light, healthy dinner at the cafe.

As customers will agree, they are one of the best short-term home rentals in NZ.


  • Spacious and cosy boathouse
  • Kayak whenever you like
  • Majestic views
  • Fully-equipped boathouse
  • Centrally located

Customer Reviews

Javier C., one guest, shared her experience at The Boathouse Russell Waterfront:

“Magical spot to unwind! Such a pretty place. A lovely house with everything we needed. We had a fantastic weekend waking up on the water, counting ferries, watching wakas, feeding the visiting ducks and exploring historic Russell! Looking forward to our next visit, we’ll be back!”

2)  Christchurch Central Apartment

Christchurch Central Apartment's Living Room
BEST FOR Modern and clean home rentals
SERVICES 2 Bedrooms Trundler Bed Couch Portacot Tea / Coffee / Milk Wifi
ADDRESS 118 Bealey Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS You can enquire through the link above

If you’re coming to Christchurch for a few days for work or leisure, Christchurch Central Apartment is a great option!

Inside, everything is clean and well-presented from the lounge to the bedrooms. The unit is fully furnished to make you feel comfortable and at home.

There are 2 bedrooms each with a double or queen-sized bed which can accommodate 4 guests. Trundler beds, couches, and portacots can also be added by request.

Moreover, there’s also a dedicated off-street parking area. The location is right in the centre of the city with lots of things to do.


  • Fully furnished, modern apartment
  • Accommodates up to 4 guests
  • Centrally located
  • Dedicated off-street parking

Customer Reviews

Here’s Summer’s feedback of Christchurch Central Apartment, one of the best short-term home rentals in NZ:

“We booked the apartment for our customers. Peter is so nice and considerable. Location is very good, and the rooms are nice and clean.

Will definitely use again next time. Thanks!”

3)  Kahikatea Retreat

Kahikatea Retreat's Living Room
BEST FOR Luxury retreat home rentals
SERVICES Luxury Linen Plush Pillows Shower Toilet Vanity Bathtub Flat-Screen TV Kitchen Gas Fireplace Free Wifi Off-Street Parking
ADDRESS Akaroa Area, Canterbury, New Zealand

Kahikatea Retreat is located in the Akaroa area in the Canterbury Region. It is a luxury country house built on picturesque 12-acre country farmland.

Historic and rural, this cottage has a luxurious bedroom, designer furniture, an elegant rug, nature artworks, an indulgent bathtub, egg pod chairs and interesting books.

Writer Armistead Maupin had written his most famous novel, Tales of the City, in this very house. English actor Sir Ian McKellen even said that Kahikatea cottage rivals Middle-earth.

But the enchantment doesn’t stop there—the beach is just a 5-minute drive away from the country home, where you can sleep with your soulmate under the beautiful starry sky.

Spending a night at Kahikatea Retreat will cost $390 a night. However, special rates are available if you plan on staying longer.


  • Luxurious rural cottage
  • Fully appointed
  • Great for romantic getaways
  • Close to Wainui Bay and Christchurch International Airport
  • Surrounded by beautiful nature

Customer Reviews

Let’s hear Sally R’s review of her stay at Kahikatea Retreat:

“We cannot speak highly enough of our stay at Kahikatea Retreat. The owners, could not have been more generous guests and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was amazing. They greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the beautiful farm …”

4)  5/30 Kipling Street, Addington

5/30 Kipling Street, Addington's House
BEST FOR Affordable home rentals
SERVICES Two Double Bedrooms One-Bathroom Townhouse Internal Access Garage Heat Pump
ADDRESS 5/30 Kipling Street, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS You can enquire through the link above

If you’re looking for a cheaper rental option where you pay each week, this simple two-storey home might be for you. It’s based in the Addington suburb of Christchurch.

It has double bedrooms and is equipped with a modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. They will also provide you with a heat pump so that you’ll feel warm and cosy in any season.

Also, they have an internal-access garage where you can park your car. The garden outside lets you unwind and get some fresh air and sunshine in the morning.

You can get all this and more for only $375 per week.


  • Cheaper rental option
  • Modern kitchen and bathroom
  • Heat pump included
  • Nice location

5)  1/19 Poinsettia Place, Henderson

1/19 Poinsettia Place, Henderson's Dining Room
BEST FOR Cute, wonderfully decorated bungalows
SERVICES Double Bedrooms Family Bathroom Open Plan Lounge / Dining / Kitchen Gas Heating
ADDRESS 1/19 Poinsettia Place, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 027 406 5938

This delightful bungalow is located at Poinsettia Place, Henderson which is close to Auckland CBD and North Shore. So if you’re working there and want a cosy place to stay at, this should be your top pick.

It’s small and lovely, from the living room toward the kitchen and laundry areas. Step out onto the private deck and enjoy the home’s indoor-outdoor flow.

There are 3 vibrant double bedrooms and a spacious computer room with a window. The roofed open garage is a nice touch with a pleasant and long driveway.

One of the best short-term home rentals in NZ is just minutes away from Lincoln Road, with lots of eateries, cafes, bars and restaurants.


  • Cute, wonderfully decorated bungalow
  • Conveniently located
  • 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Indoor-outdoor flow

6. NZ4U2U

BEST FOR Mobile tiny house rentals
SERVICES Tiny home and caravan sales, Self-contained caravan hire, and Mobile tiny house rentals
ADDRESS Wilkinsons Road, Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 64 220 694828
64 220 NZ4U2U
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Contact for more information

NZ4U2U is a Christchurch-based company known for their caravans, tiny homes, and tours. In the business of home rentals, they offer a wide array of tiny homes that are easily transportable and fully-equipped with features needed for day-to-day endeavours. 

The tiny homes they offer come in two arrangements: one-bedroom and two-bedroom tiny homes. With these varied room numbers come solar panels, gas heating and ovens, gas and electric fridge and water heating. 

Despite the houses compact size, NZ4U2U made it so each cabin is spacious enough to live a significant amount of time in. This decision helps ensure every client can comfortably and easily breathe when staying in their homes.

Aside from the layout and features, NZ4U2U’s home rentals are also known for their mobility. Adventure-seekers should know that these tiny homes can easily be transported by trucks and are road registered trailers, meaning renters need not get building consents when renting these mobile tiny homes.


  • Fully-insulated homes
  • Off-grid options available
  • Efficiently-designed homes
  • Excellent customer service

And there you have it for the best short-term home rentals in NZ. We hope this helped you find a place where you can stay temporarily for your visit or work.

Got more suggestions for our short-term home rentals list? If you’ve got one, share it with us by leaving a comment below, and we’ll get back to you in a bit.

Moreover, you can also take a look at the best serviced apartments in Auckland. These are fully-appointed, well-serviced, not to mention super-comfortable to stay in be it for the short or long term.