Airbnb has launched a premium Airbnb Plus platform, offering a new tier of homes that have been personally inspected and verified for their level of quality and comfort.
The service has launched with 50 homes in the Auckland region, ranging from inner-city apartments to luxury beach houses.
Airbnb Plus homes are inspected and verified in person against a checklist including cleanliness, comfort and design. Homeowners listing with the plus version will also benefit from higher placement on the accommodation website and app.
The number of New Zealanders using Airbnb has risen 77 percent in the last year, as well as a 71 percent increase in the number of tourists to Aotearoa using the service.
Three standouts that are available from Monday
Eclectic aeroplane-themed loft next to the Sky Tower
Travel the world without leaving the living room.
This loft apartment in a renovated historic building is lively and colourful, and ideal for themed weekend.
Puhoi sea views
An isolated home high up on the Puhoi Hills with views across the surrounding gardens and ocean.
The views from the deck are perfect for summer, while the cosy wood-burning fireplace provides a relaxing setting in the winter.
Spacious Pt Chevalier family home with pool
The term indoor-outdoor flow must have been designed for this home.
Its massive living area opens out on to a large deck and heated swimming pool.