The best pet-friendly accommodation in New Zealand

Let’s face it, our furry friends are like family to us, after all, they’re not called “man’s best friend” for nothing. So it hurts us to have to leave them at home or with others while we fly away on vacation.

It’s high time our four-legged friends took advantage of our weekend getaways too, so we’ve rounded up the best pet-friendly accommodation in Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, no matter where you live in New Zealand there will be a perfect place somewhere within a car journey.

Read on to find out about the best pet-friendly accommodation in New Zealand.

Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Auckland

Paradise by the sea

Mairangi Bay

Gather the crew and treat yourself to an epic stay in this luxury place by the sea. Located right next to Auckland’s beautiful Mairangi Bay, this stunning villa has your name written all over it. With a solar-heated swimming pool, luxury spa, stunning sea views and plenty of space for your four-legged friends, what more could you ask for?

Grand Villa Gray Lynn

Gray Lynn

If you are looking for something more central then this sophisticated Villa Gray Lynn will definitely do the trick. Explore the neighborhood with your pooch by day, then in the evening, soak in the tub and get cozy in the lush living room or, for warmer nights, relax on the balcony with your favorite drink in hand. Dreamer.

Palm Beach Treehouse

Waiheke Island

A spa and a fireplace, need we say more? This superb Palm Beach Treehouse on Waiheke Island will fulfill all your vacation home dreams. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax, this is the place for you. They even provide you with a car to explore your beautiful surroundings. Our suitcases are already packed.

Best pet friendly accommodation near Tauranga

Villa Casa Maria showing an outdoor Tuscan vibe with wooden beams, chairs and an abundance of flowers.Villa Casa Maria


If this is a truly quiet doctor prescribed getaway, we know the place. Feast your eyes Villa Casa Maria, a luxurious riverside retreat that will transport you and your dog to the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy. This charming handcrafted mud-brick farmhouse is surrounded by seven acres of lush farmland. Relax in the hammocks and soak up the peace and quiet, the only sounds being the flowing river and the chirping of local birds.

Best Pet Friendly Accommodation in Rotorua

A chair and table overlook the beautiful green countryside down to the sea.Stunning country estate


If you’re looking for serene views, pack your bags and check in superb country estate in Rotorua, which offers epic 180-degree views of the lake. Not only do they provide views for days on end, but they also have everything you need for the ultimate relaxing weekend. We’re talking about a hot springs spa and a log fire to keep you toasty warm. Go ahead, treat yourself and your best friend (and by that we mean your pet) to this piece of paradise, after all, you deserve it.

Manor Moncur


Take your vacation to the next level by booking a place at Manor Moncur—a beautifully remodeled four-bedroom home that has everything you need for the ultimate getaway. Relax on the couch with your furry friends and read that book you’ve been wanting to read or dip in the pool and soak up the sun before dining al fresco. Have a drink at the bar (yes, that’s the bar) and challenge your friends to a game of pool or two in the pool room.

Best pet-friendly accommodation in Taupo

The stunning interior of the Treetop Refuge in central Taupo.Treetop Refuge

Taupo Center

Unleash your inner Tarzan and Jane in this picturesque shelter in the trees. Picture this – a vintage bach with barrel-shaped wooden ceilings and Gram-worthy views of the Waikato River, sounds lush, doesn’t it? Disconnect from everyday life and relax in this heavenly oasis.

Incredible lake views

Acacia Berry

This elegant and luminous bach based in Acacia Berry offers stunning views of Lake Taupo, a log fire for those colder nights, and a deck to die for. Small dogs are also welcome to have fun, so treat your pup to a life of luxury for the weekend. They will amaze you forever.

Best Pet-Friendly Lodging in Wellington

A view of the dense bush from the cozy caravan amongst the trees, one of the best pet friendly accommodations in New Zealand.Cozy caravan among the trees

lower hutt

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, book a place in this cozy retro caravan which is set in six acres of farmland in the Lower Hutt of Wellington. Owned by local beekeepers, you’ll be treated to fresh honey and eggs in the morning and even have the chance to get close to local wildlife. Meet Frank and Joe the alpacas and learn about the sheep and chickens. So if you are looking for a small farm stay, book your place immediately.

Treehouse above Wellington Harbor

lower hutt

You can’t beat Wellington on a nice day, so pack your bags and go on vacation this summer. If you are looking for a place to laze in the sun all day, we know the place, this cute tree house is the ultimate place to stay. Take in views of Wellington Harbor and don’t forget to use the free bikes provided.

Best pet-friendly accommodation in Christchurch

A beautiful terrace seen during the day surrounded by greenery with a majestic villa in the background.Ecological villa

Christchurch city center

If you think comfort is key, book your stay at this cozy ecological villa located in the heart of Christchurch. This charming accommodation is quite special as it is made from eco-friendly building materials. If you hadn’t guessed, pets are allowed, so explore the edible garden with your pooch, where you can pick fresh produce to spice up your dinner. Oh, and we can’t forget the outdoor bath – relax with a hot bath under the stars, absolute bliss!

Central pet-friendly shelter

Christchurch city center

This pet-friendly accommodation is an epic spot if you’re looking for a city break. Spend your days exploring New Zealand’s second largest city – wander the Botanical Gardens, visit the Canterbury Museum, relax by the River Avon and don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and bars. You will not regret your stay in this central shelter because it is the ideal base for an adventurous weekend in the big smoke.

Character farm


If city living isn’t for you and you’re looking for something a little more off the grid, then this character farm cottage will certainly suffice. Set amid 10 acres of scenic farmland, this serene getaway is the ultimate relaxation spot. There’s even a variety of farm animals to keep your pooch company while you bask in the sun on the patio, wine in hand, of course.

Best Pet Friendly Accommodation in Queenstown

A few seats and glasses of wine overlook stunning mountain views.Highview Harbor

Queenstown Center

It’s no secret that Queenstown is a slice of heaven. If you’re the lucky one heading to this wonderland, you’ll want an equally beautiful place to rest. look at this Highview Harbor– this is no ordinary accommodation, no sir! It is among the best because it offers contemporary furnishings, a spa pool to soak up all your cares, and large windows that guarantee stunning views of the mountain ranges and of course, pets are welcome. Ahhh what happiness.

Beautiful French style house


If you are planning to take a trip to the glorious South Island then you will want to stay at this beautiful French chalet, a little corner of paradise that will add a touch of luxury to your stay. Relax in the outdoor hot tub for two and take in the 360 ​​degree views of the mountains and pristine vineyards. Dry off by the outdoor fire while sipping local wine. Can life get much better than this? We think not.

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Image credit: Bookabach, Airbnb.

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