House Swap NZ? The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Home Exchange

February 27, 2022 • By Amy Jo Robertson


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House Swap NZ? House swapping in New Zealand is a popular trend among people who want to travel but don’t want to spend all their hard-earned money on accommodation.

House swapping is a way for homeowners in one location to offer their house as free accommodation in exchange for someone else’s home in another location, and it can be a win-win situation, where everyone gets to experience the world without breaking the bank.

But there are some things you should know before embarking on this type of adventure. Here’s what you need to know about house swapping in New Zealand.

What is house swapping?

House swapping is a type of home exchange that’s been around almost 100 years and has become very popular over the last several years. It’s an arrangement where people from different locations, often different countries, swap homes for a period of time. Typically, one home will be provided as a free place to stay in exchange for the other person’s home.

[Side note: Sometimes people also throw in their car as an added bonus, but this is not necessary. It’s always important to only do only what you are comfortable doing and as long as you agree to everything in advance in writing, everyone will enjoy the experience!]

The whole idea of house swap is that you can live like a local without having to spend a ton of money on accommodation costs.

It also allows you to avoid the usual tourist traps while you visit a foreign country like an insider since you’ll be getting to know your neighbors and often even the homeowner’s friends and family who can help you navigate the new place.

However, there are some things you should consider before participating in this type of set up.

How does it work?

It’s easy enough to do.

You simply list your home on a specialized home exchange website like ThirdHome, select the house you’re interested in staying at, find dates that work for both you and your exchange partner, and voilà!

Keep in mind that, if you have questions about the house or anything else, it is better to communicate more rather than less. Your exchange partner wants you to have a great time and will be happy to provide tips as to places to go and things to see around the area.

This insider knowledge will greatly improve the quality of your vacation.

House swapping in New Zealand

House swapping in New Zealand is still in its early stages, but many people are already signing up for this popular trend.

You can easily find house swapping opportunities on sites like ThirdHome with over 13,000 listings around the globe including New Zealand. It’s easy to set up a profile and start browsing for your ideal house swap match.

It’s generally important to make sure you research the person you want to swap homes with before agreeing to anything. You’ll want to make sure they’re not only trustworthy, but also have a home that suits your needs. Reviews can be helpful in this instance.

Fortunately, ThirdHome has already done most of the heavy lifting for you by pre-selecting houses that meet its strict quality standards. And even better, all trips are covered by SUPERHOG, a digital trust platform that provides protection for Hosts. In the rare event a ThirdHome Guest causes damage during a stay and doesn’t reimburse the Host, they are covered for property damage and liability protection. Certain terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. This coverage means that you can focus on enjoying your travels as opposed to worrying about details.

You will still need to have your own insurance on your property which includes coverage for guests but going through a professional exchange like ThirdHome makes the process much safer overall.


Home swapping is the perfect way to explore the world while building unique lifelong memories and beautiful New Zealand is a wonderful destination. This is why so many are jumping on this opportunity to travel the world like insiders.

If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? Get started on your home exchange adventure with ThirdHome here.

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