Airbnb Host Awards

New Zealand

Airbnb is celebrating New Zealand’s most welcoming, creative and big-hearted Hosts in the first ever Host Awards program. Explore all the winners and finalists, across six categories, who go above and beyond for their guests and the wider community.

Meet the judges

Host Awards Judge
Shelley Ferguson
One of New Zealand’s best known interior experts and a host on The Block NZ. She has 20 years experience in the industry and has styled and edited a slew of top Kiwi interiors publications including Fashion Quarterly, Simply You Living and Your Home and Garden.
Host Awards Judge & Host Advisory Board Member
Merrydith Callegari
One of Australia’s most engaged Hosts, Merrydith started hosting in 2016 and has been a Host Club leader for four years. In 2020, Meredith was appointed to Airbnb’s esteemed global Host Advisory Board.
Host Awards Judge
Shelley Ferguson
One of New Zealand’s best known interior experts and a host on The Block NZ. She has 20 years experience in the industry and has styled and edited a slew of top Kiwi interiors publications including Fashion Quarterly, Simply You Living and Your Home and Garden.
Host Awards Judge & Host Advisory Board Member
Merrydith Callegari
One of Australia’s most engaged Hosts, Merrydith started hosting in 2016 and has been a Host Club leader for four years. In 2020, Meredith was appointed to Airbnb’s esteemed global Host Advisory Board.

2021 winners

New Zealand Host Awards

Host of the Year

Angela has spent years refining the perfect stay at her home in Christchurch, learning from her own experience as an Airbnb guest. It’s the little touches — like crumpets and cereal for breakfast, or even a free coffee from the cafe down the road — that sees guests returning time and time again.

"I make these little post cards for my guests - they love it. It doesn't cost a lot to make a difference."
— Angela
Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand Host Awards

Best Designed Stay

Located on a ridge with breathtaking views overlooking Wellington, Architect and Host Cushla Thurston designed the space with a style ethos that focuses on quality and simplicity.

"We wanted to create a privacy and were playing with volume — dividing place into sections rather than a plan, and keeping things simple."
— Cushla
Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Host Awards

Best Unique Stay

Wayne and massage therapist Sue wanted a change of lifestyle — so much so that they created a meditation sanctuary, perched high above the forest floor on beautiful Waiheke Island, Auckland that they share with guests from around the world.

"I love that the treehouse combines privacy and luxury whilst being at one with nature. The windows wrap around so you can take everything in from all angles."
— Sue
Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand Host Awards

Best Regional Stay

Close to town but far enough away to feel disconnected, Edward’s tiny home provides an off-the-grid stay, complete with glow worms and locally grown produce to make your own meal.

"Nestled at the base of Taranaki with unmatched mountain views, the listing is powered by both solar panels and hydro turbines, making a stay here as off the grid as it gets."
— Edward
Taranaki, New Zealand

New Zealand Host Awards

Most Magical Experience

As a jewellery designer herself, Jessica shares her knowledge, skills and passion to teach others how to make their own piece of custom silver jewellery — all in her home studio.

"Most of the guests can’t believe what they achieve and make with their own hands in such a short amount of time. I get a lot of hugs at the end of every workshop!"
— Jessica
Arthurs Point, New Zealand

New Zealand Host Awards

Best Community Contribution

Community is everything to Kaye. When COVID-19 hit Queenstown, Kaye was quick to bring the community together and help fundraise for charities and marginalised communities who were severely impacted by the reduction in tourism to the area.

"The joy of giving back to people is something I really treasure. I get that feeling when I go the extra mile as a Host."
— Kaye
Queenstown, New Zealand

Finalists around New Zealand

Homes

Alpine Cubes NZ
Price:$415 NZD / night
Pisa Cabin on a hill at the heart of Central Otago
Price:$198 NZD / night
Off Grid Arohanui Cabins, Mangawhai
Price:$240 NZD / night

Experiences

New Zealand
Evening Kiwi Walk North Auckland
New Zealand
Premium Milford Sound Tour ex Queenstown
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New Zealand
Sailing in the Bay of Islands

Airbnb Host Awards

Australia

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