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Vacation rentals in Pōhara

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Pōhara

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Guesthouse in Rangihaeata
Golden Bay View Cottage
Peaceful, if you want a quiet nights sleep in a self contained cottage, this is it! Panoramic sea views in a rural garden setting & native bush surrounds. Don't forget to go outside and look up at the stunning night sky, you'll see the milky way. 5 minutes drive from Takaka & central to everywhere in Golden Bay. Very comfortable and modern bathroom with underfloor heating. Private deck from bedroom with sea view. Full kitchen facilities. Smart TV with movies. Wonderful birdlife.
$90 per night
Tiny home in Pohara
The 'Flax Pod' container cabin
Our unique Flax Pod cabin is a repurposed shipping container with cool views of Golden Bay. It suits a relaxed couple, has a queen bed, sofa and kitchenette. Bifolding doors open onto a deck where you can totally relax, enjoy a cold beer, sink into a quirky hot tub and soak up the sea views. Its in a great location and a great base to explore Golden Bay from. Enjoy getting back to the basics, dozing in a hammock, a friendly weka or two and a spectacular night sky.
$80 per night
Guesthouse in Takaka
Karaka chalet- bird and stream song in Golden Bay
Feel welcome to your own private retreat. Be enchanted by the gentle trickle of the flowing stream and the sound of birdsong. Watch native birds from your bedroom window or deck visiting the native trees. Enjoy an outdoor fire under the starlight. Amazing high pressure shower with views of the trees and river. BBQ on the private streamside deck You'll love being in a natural haven and yet only 3 mins drive to Takaka.
$86 per night

Stay near Pōhara's top sights

The Grove Scenic Reserve17 locals recommend
Totally Roasted Cafe & Pizza5 locals recommend
Ratanui Lodge7 locals recommend
The Penguin Cafe & Bar6 locals recommend
Pohara General Store7 locals recommend
Sans Souci Inn4 locals recommend
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Quick stats about vacation rentals in Pōhara

Total rentals

70 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

10 properties have a dedicated workspace

Pet-friendly rentals

20 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

50 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

2.9K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$40 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Pōhara

All About Pōhara

Nestled between Mohua (Golden Bay), rolling green hills, and snow-capped mountains, the small village of Pōhara is a popular beachfront retreat at the northern reaches of New Zealand’s South Island. Pōhara’s golden stretch of coastline stretches to the size of an airport runway at low tide, and its waters are a haven for swimmers, kayakers, and boating aficionados — you can even cruise along the shoreline on a windsurfing board.

The fishing that takes place farther offshore draws visitors from around the country, and you can arrange for either a local or a deep-sea boat trip in search of tarakihi, blue cod, and albacore tuna. The village lies close to the northern gateway of Abel Tasman National Park, home to little blue penguins and bellbirds. Pōhara is also only a few miles north of the nearby town of Takaka, where you’ll find a movie theater, a museum devoted to the region’s history, and an aerodrome for domestic air travel.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Pōhara

Temperatures on the north coast of the South Island never veer toward the extremes — in fact, they rarely stray outside a 20-degree Fahrenheit range. Pōhara accommodation is popular year-round, but you’ll find that the village is at its busiest in the summer and winter seasons. The summer months of November through February bring warmer temperatures accompanied by balmy coastal breezes. While chillier, the winter months (May through August) offer a unique backdrop in the form of snow-capped mountains juxtaposed against the coast and green hills.

Events to keep an eye out for during a trip to the Pōhara region include the annual Golden Bay Harvest Festival in Takaka in March, featuring fresh produce, local musicians, and pizzas made on-site with locally grown ingredients. A visit in December will coincide with the Golden Bay Santa Parade — a joint local effort dedicated to bringing festive cheer to the Golden Bay area, headlined by a parade of floats and Santa himself.

Top things to do in Pōhara

Te Waikoropupū Springs

Just a 15-minute drive from the village, Te Waikoropupū Springs is one of the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand. The South Island Māori community considers it to be a sacred spiritual and cultural site, and so visitors aren’t permitted to make contact with the springs themselves. However, as you stroll along the walkways and viewing platforms, you’ll encounter breathtaking views of the clear water.

Totaranui Beach

Totaranui Beach, located inside the Abel Tasman National Park, is a 45-minute drive due east of Pōhara. The long, curving golden beach itself is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. But it’s also a great place to park the car and explore the park. You can catch a water taxi down the coast as far as Bark Bay, passing the Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way. Or hike the 35-mile-long Abel Tasman Coastal Track from here, either heading several miles north to the secluded Anapai Bay or slightly farther south to Waiharakeke Bay and the Aoware Bay Inlet, which you can cross over at low tide.

Farewell Spit

Jutting out 34 kilometers from the northwestern tip of the South Island, Farewell Spit is one of the world’s longest natural sand spits, home to undulating, grass-topped sand dunes in varied shapes and sizes. Birdwatchers head here to spot curlews, who make the journey from the Northern Hemisphere for summer. Four-wheel-drive tours are a popular way to explore — personal vehicles are not permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Pōhara?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 30 homes with wifi, over 10 homes with air conditioning, over 20 homes with a bbq area, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Pōhara?

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

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Pōhara?

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

  • Do house rentals in Pōhara have a bbq area?

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

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

    Experience the best of Pōhara with our house rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Pōhara have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 house rentals with wifi in Pōhara. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Pōhara have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with air conditioning in Pōhara. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Pōhara?

    Pōhara has more than 30 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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