Updated on April 5th, 2021

Planning a trip to Taupo? This Airbnb Taupo list will give you some brilliant ideas on the best Airbnbs to book for your upcoming adventure.

Taupo is the perfect hub for all types of travellers, from family groups to romantic getaways to girls’ trips or even a solo escape.

The city has a huge range of accommodation to suit any budget or travel style. Live your best glamping life in a lotus belle tent, make friends with the chickens at a cute cottage homestay, enjoy a luxury villa or keep it cheap so you can splurge on the best Taupo activities instead.

Whether you’re visiting the region to relax in the hot pools, hit the nearby slopes, get your adrenaline pumping or just soak up some seriously impressive views, here are some of the best Taupo Airbnbs to book for your stay.

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A quick summary of the best Airbnbs in Taupo

Best glamping: MountViews Glamping

Best for groups: Botanical Hideaway

Best budget-friendly: Apartment 5

Best homestay: Taupo’s Treat

Best luxury: Taupo’s Edge in Acacia Bay

Best ultra-luxury: Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge

Best tiny house: Kowhai Korner

Best farm stay: Nicola’s Country Escape

Best Taupo Airbnb with a swimming pool: Riverside Villa

Best lakefront Airbnb: Lake Edge Resort

Best unique stay: Explorer Houseboat

Best glamping Airbnb Taupo: MountViews Glamping

taupo glamping

From $220NZD per night

MountViews is a lotus belle tent on a beautifully landscaped property with access to the family’s swimming pool and spa pool. It’s located near Acacia Bay, the bay around from Taupō’s main centre.

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Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.95/5 rating from 155 reviews
  • Complimentary bottle of bubbles on arrival plus continental breakfast included
  • Loads of space inside the dome overlooking beautifully landscaped rural area

Helpful guest review: “I don’t have enough words to express how amazing the experience was. It was truly breathtaking and Georgie and her husband were so lovely. The shower was nice and hot and kitchenette was super cute and convient. Absolutely had a blast with their BBQ. The camping experience was amazing.” – Ashleigh, Nov 2020

Book it here: MountViews Glamping Taupo

Other glamping spots near Taupo: Kinloch Glamping | Explorer Houseboat

Best Taupo Airbnb for groups: Botanical Hideaway

botanical hideaway taupo airbnb

From $230NZD per night

Botanical Hideaway backs onto the stunning Botanical Gardens, giving you a secluded and peaceful home away from home for your group or family.

Sleeping arrangements: Four bedrooms plus fold-out sofas, space for 12 guests in total

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.85/5 rating from 27 reviews
  • Epic fully-fenced outdoor space with large sun-soaked deck, hot tub and BBQ
  • Ideal location next to Botanical Gardens, 3 mins from the lake, 7 mins from town centre

Helpful guest review: “This is a great house to stay at!!! It’s very spacious and plenty of room for people to spread out. The games upstairs were a hit with kids (and maybe the adults as well). And after your full days of adventures throughout Taupō, the spa is a great treat to come back to.” – Kim, Jan 2021

Book it here: Botanical Hideaway

Other Taupo Airbnbs for Groups: The Palms (16 guests) | Beach Bach in Kinloch (7 guests)

Best budget-friendly Airbnb Taupo: Apartment 5

apartment 5 airbnb taupo

From $107NZD per night

This newly-renovated open concept space is a brilliant option for a Taupo trip on a budget. Just a five minute walk to the lake, you’ll have your own private deck plus access to a BBQ.

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.94/5 rating from more than 400 reviews
  • Kitchenette with tea, coffee, microwave, kettle and toaster plus access to washer and dryer if needed
  • Brand new furniture in the cosy living space

Helpful guest review: “We had an absolutely fantastic stay at this fabulous place. It is even better than the photos, beautifully furnished and spotless. And the backyard area is just gorgeous too. Fabulous hosts who went the extra mile for us, fabulous place, fabulous stay. We hope to stay again one day soon!” – Sharon, Jan 2021

Book it here: Apartment 5 Taupo

Other budget-friendly Taupo Airbnbs: Acacia Escape | C’est La Vie

Best homestay in Taupo: Taupo’s Treat

airbnb taupo treat

From $141NZD per night

The cutest homestay I’ve ever stayed at, Taupo’s Treat is an incredible guest house complete with an outdoor bath, roaming fluffy chickens (yes, for real) and a full kitchen. Dierdrei and her family are brilliant hosts and go above and beyond to make their guests’ stay unforgettable.

If you want to read more about my experience at Taupo’s Treat, you can read my full review here.

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.96/5 rating from almost 300 reviews
  • Superking bed plus fold out sofa bed, ideal for couples or small families
  • Fully-fenced courtyard with beautiful garden, fluffy araucana chickens and fruit and veggies that you can pick
  • Kayak and townbike available for guest use

Helpful guest review: “We had a great stay at Dierdrei’s. She and her family are amazing and kind hosts, the cottage was really pretty, clean and very well equiped. The garden, the chickens, the home-made bread and the outdoor bath tub were lovely extras!” – Clelia, Jan 2021

Book it here: Taupo’s Treat Homestay

Best luxury Taupo Airbnb: Taupo’s Edge Villa

From $1700NZD per night

This Airbnb Luxe listing is one for your accommodation bucket list. With magnificent lake views, plenty of indoor and outdoor living space, four bedrooms for up to 8 guests and easy access to boating, fishing, hiking and other adventures, Taupo’s Edge is guaranteed to impress.

Why it’s amazing:

  • Large kitchen and dining area that opens up to outdoor space
  • Three bedrooms with ensuites, one bedroom with access to shared bathroom
  • Shared access to tennis courts, boat ramp and helipad

Book it here: Taupo’s Edge Villa

Other luxury Airbnbs in Taupo: Luxury Kinloch Home (8 people) | Lakeside Estate (12 people) | Dunalistair House Couple’s Retreat (2 people)

Best ultra-luxury Airbnb Taupo: Owner’s Cottage, Huka Lodge

From $8224NZD per night

Looking for somewhere fit for a queen? Huka Lodge has played host to the Queen herself! This world-class private lodge has an impressive guest list (royalty, billionaires, the Spice Girls omfg), an infinity pool overlooking the river, cosy furnishings and a hot tub.

Why it’s amazing:

  • The literal Queen has stayed there
  • Self-contained with full kitchen, formal dining area, casual lounge plus outdoor living space
  • Access to shared tennis court, petanque and croquet courts, yoga facilities and a wine cellar

Helpful guest review: “I wish Buckingham Palace had an infinity pool like this place” – Queen Elizabeth II probably

Book it here: Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge

Other ultra-luxury Airbnb Taupo options: Kinloch Estate (up to 16 guests)

Best tiny house in Taupo: Kowhai Korner

kowhai tiny house taupo airbnb

From $91NZD per night

This eco-friendly custom-built tiny house is a calm oasis just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Taupo. The interior uses space brilliantly, with a loft bedroom accessed via ladder, Scandinavian-inspired design and a decent kitchen with stove, microwave and fridge.

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.92/5 rating from 224 reviews
  • Light breakfast provided including fruit from the fruit trees that surround the house (when in season)
  • 5 minute walk to the Botanical Gardens, 15 minute walk to the lake and 6 minute drive to the township

Helpful guest review: “Really lovely, tidy and cosy place to stay. Appreciated all the nice touches – delicious muesli, chocolate fish for the hot chocolates, lots of interesting books to take a look at, tons of info re. the surrounding area. Everything we expected and much more.” – Karel, Jan 2021

Book it here: Kowhai Korner Tiny House

Best farm stay in Taupo: Nicola’s Country Escape

country escape airbnb taupo

From $91NZD per night

Get amongst classic rural life with this tiny house on a farm ten minutes from Taupo.

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.95/5 rating from 153 reviews
  • Efficient use of space with bed, kitchenette, couch, dining bar and bathroom plus outdoor deck with BBQ, dining and bean bags
  • 2 minute drive to the stunning Whaikapo Bay Recreational Reserve

Helpful guest review: “We highly recommended this country cabin retreat, it contained everything we wanted and needed. Nicola went the extra mile adding homely touches. We would definitely visit again.” – Naomi, Jan 2021

Book it here: Nicola’s Country Escape

Best Airbnb Taupo with a swimming pool: Riverside Villa

riverside villa airbnb taupo

From $473NZD per night

This townhouse holiday home is three storeys, three bedrooms and space for up to six guests. The home gets loads of natural light, is beautifully equipped with modern furnishings, and has access to a shared swimming pool, BBQ and guest parking.

Why it’s amazing:

  • 4.94/5 rating from 16 reviews
  • Open plan living and dining area perfect for families or small groups
  • Stunning river views

Helpful guest review: “This place is amazing! The wonderful touches throughout the townhouse makes this feel like home away from home. We loved the view of the river and how close this place is to town. We had a car, but took the 10 to 15 minute walk into town for our meals and shopping. If you are looking for a quiet place in Taupo…look no further! This is the place you want to stay.” – Victor, Nov 2019

Book it here: Riverside Villa

Best lakefront Airbnb Taupo: Lake Edge Resort

lake edge resort taupo airbnb

From $232NZD per night

Lake Edge Resort has fully self-contained apartments right on the lake, which is rare in Taupo as many holiday homes are cut off by the main road. This particular apartment has two bedrooms and space for up to six guests.

Why it’s amazing:

  • Perfect 5/5 rating from 16 reviews
  • Access to shared swimming pool, spa and sauna, plus bikes, kayaks and onsite games room
  • One minute walk to the lake and 3kms to the township

Helpful guest review: “This was a last minute booking for a weekend get away with my wee family and the in-laws. It was great to arrive to a lovely place that felt like home. Amazing amenities and far exceeded our expectations. The pool was a hit for my 5yo and having the lake view from the apartment and pool was a bonus. We wish we could have stayed longer to make use of the bbq, games room and the free use of kayaks and bikes.” – Bella, Feb 2020

Book it here: Lake Edge Resort

I hope you’ve found a Taupo Airbnb that suits what you’re looking for! If you’ve seen an Airbnb Taupo that you think needs to be added to this list just let me know in the comments.


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Huge thanks to Dierdrei at Taupo’s Treat for hosting me on a recent trip. As always all opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience.

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