Queenstown-Lakes on "Wishlist" as pet holidays surge this winter

Jun 08, 2023


Queenstown Airbnb in the 'Top 10 most wishlisted pet-friendly stays' on Airbnb in NZ

As a leading platform for unique hosted stays, Airbnb has witnessed a significant surge in nights booked with pets (close to 50%) and is unveiling the latest pet travel trends based on pet-friendly demand and supply data.

Just over 27% of global listings on Airbnb are declared pet-friendly, a figure that has been consistently growing over the past five years. In New Zealand, Kiwis and their furry friends are heading to the South Island, with the region hosting the highest number of pet nights booked in the country, with Christchurch topping the destination list for holidays with pets, followed by Auckland and Queenstown.

“We know people love travelling with their pets and for many, their four legged friends are an extension of the family,” said Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

“With so many pet friendly options across New Zealand that suit a range of people and their priorities, travelling with pets and including them in holiday plans has never been easier.”

What are the most wishlisted pet-friendly stays?

The most wishlisted pet-friendly stays demonstrate the unique and beloved properties that travellers have been eyeing for their pet-friendly holidays.

Here are the top ten most wishlisted pet-friendly stays on Airbnb in NZ.

The data reveals that Kiwis are seeking pet-friendly stays away from bustling cities this winter, with 60% of pet-friendly stays booked this winter situated in rural non-urban areas, emphasising a strong desire for their furry friends to get among the great outdoors.

Locations with the highest percentage of pets nights booked:

  • Christchurch
  • Auckland
  • Queenstown-Lakes

 Main image (Crux): Enjoying a bluebird day on the shores of Lake Wānaka.

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