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Popular amenities for Waikanae vacation rentals

Stay near Waikanae's top sights

Southward Car Museum66 locals recommend
Nga Manu Nature Reserve65 locals recommend
Salt and Wood Collective26 locals recommend
New World Waikanae16 locals recommend
Countdown Waikanae7 locals recommend
Relish Cafe6 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Waikanae

  • Total rentals

    100 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    60 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    4.2K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Waikanae

All About Waikanae

Situated on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the town of Waikanae is surrounded by the mountains of the Tararua Ranges and the waters of the Tasman Sea. The Waikanae River runs along the southern border of town, flowing from the Tararua Ranges and providing swimming holes and fishing spots. Trails that climb the peaks of the lush green mountains and wind through shrubs and mature trees showcase magnificent views of Waikanae, the calm sea waters, and the South Island in the distance. To get even more in touch with the local flora and fauna, you can take a trip to the Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Just a short drive from downtown, Waikanae Beach is a fine perch from which to watch the sunset and listen to the sound of the waves sucking against the shore.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Waikanae

The climate in Waikanae is warm and temperate with significant rainfall throughout the year. When looking for a Waikanae accommodation, it’s important to remember that June through August corresponds with New Zealand’s winter. If you make the trip during this time, you will find slightly cooler temperatures β€” although you won’t have to worry about snow. December through February, on the other hand, is summer in New Zealand. During this time you will find warm and comfortable temperatures. This is also a great time to catch one of the festivals in the area, like the Kapiti Food Fair, where you can enjoy more than 200 vendor booths with food, drinks, and gifts, along with live entertainment. No matter when you make the trip, come prepared with a jacket, because it can get cold at night, even in February, the warmest month in Waikanae.

Top things to do in Waikanae

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

A short drive from downtown Waikanae, the Nga Manu Nature Reserve consists of nearly 35 acres of diverse habitats, including wetland, lowland swamp forests, and ponds that provide a home for many species of native wildlife β€” like the tui and fantail birds. After you’ve explored the reserve on a guided or self-led trail walk, enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the barbecue sites throughout the reserve.

Kapiti Coast Museum

Located downtown in the original Waikanae Post Office from 1907, the Kapiti Coast Museum focuses on the natural and cultural history surrounding the Kapiti region. Here you’ll find a collection of old photographs and admire exhibits showcasing tools, clothing, and other artifacts from throughout the years.

Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve

The Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve is located on the western edge of the Tararua Ranges, overlooking the town of Waikanae. As one of the largest areas of kohekohe forest remaining in the region, you can expect to see a variety of native plants and animals. There are numerous trails for varying hiking experience levels, each with their own scenic views. The Te Au Track will take you to the top of the reserve, where you can expect the best panoramic views of the wooded valleys and even the South Island in the distance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do house rentals in Waikanae have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with a bbq area in Waikanae. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Waikanae?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 house rentals in Waikanae featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Waikanae have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with air conditioning in Waikanae. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Waikanae?

    Experience the best of Waikanae with our house rentals, starting at about $30 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Waikanae have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 guesthouse rentals with wifi in Waikanae. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Waikanae?

    Waikanae has more than 40 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Waikanae?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Waikanae. Choose from more than 10 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there Waikanae vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Waikanae, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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