An off-the-grid home with breathtaking mountain views and a nature-inspired treehouse on an island are some of the winners in Airbnb’s first New Zealand Host Awards.
Six categories were awarded, shining a light on the local Kiwi hosts who are making unforgettable stays.
Ecoscape: Self-contained off the grid tiny home in Korito, Taranaki took home the Best Regional Stay award. Boasting one of the best views of the mighty Mount Taranaki, the cosy eco cabin features a hot tub and is only 15 minutes from town.
“This tiny house has a raw functional beauty and embodies the regenerative tourism movement. A fantastic example of sustainability and clearly the ideal getaway for nature lovers,” said Judge Meredith Callegari.
The Arohanui Cabin in the seaside town of Mangawhai was a runner up for Best Regional Stay, an off-the-grid cluster of eco cabins offering guests a chance to disconnect from the busyness of life, and enjoy quality time around the fire pit and pizza oven.
Another runner up, The Raven’s Nest in Canterbury offers a unique regional stay with their hobbit-inspired abode, handmade from reclaimed materials by hosts Izzy and Wayde.
The Away Treehouse on Waiheke Island was the Best Unique Stay winner, an idyllic octagonal treehouse offering a rejuvenating nature experience. “Guests raved about the sense of peace, the stunning night sky and the location – remote yet with all Waiheke Island has to offer on your doorstep,” said judge Shelley Ferguson.
The Best Designed Stay award went to Studio Seventy Four in Wellington, an architecturally-designed studio that embraces understated elegance, featuring an impressive outdoor bathtub for a luxurious twist.
“The design is understated but you still feel a sense of luxury from the materials, fit out and finishing touches. The exterior design is perfectly poised to take advantage of the spectacular 360 degree views, even while soaking in the incredible outdoor tub!” said Ferguson.
Runner up in the Best Design Stay was Pisa Cabin in Central Otago. Dark and moody to fit the landscape, the gorgeous cabin boasts uninterrupted views of the majestic Pisa Ranges, an outdoor bath and thoughtful touches with boardgames and old books.
The Alpine Cubes in Canterbury was another runner up in the category. The stylish hideaway encapsulates casual luxury, with a high-spec kitchen, lush furnishings and french linens.
The Host of the Year prize went to Angela Cossey from Christchurch, recognised for going above and beyond for her guests at her Christchurch listing. “Angela used her extensive travels to inform her choices at her listing,” said Callegari. “Her guests describe her as considerate, thoughtful, tasteful and generous.”
Queenstown’s Kaye Parker took home the Community Contribution Award who launched a fund to help frontline charities during the pandemic, while the Most Magical Experience went to The Contemporary Jeweller for her wonderful jewellery-making workshops.