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Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
8.7 Excellent

0.7 mi from city centre, Lake Tekapo Show on map

ExcellentBased on 3,303 reviews
8.7

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park provides a comfortable setting while in Lake Tekapo. It is conveniently located for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park
7.9 Good

0.1 mi from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

GoodBased on 377 reviews
7.9

Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park and Motels is located on South Island and offers 4.5-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. It is also within walking distance of Te Anau's well-known attractions and landmarks.

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
8.8 Excellent

4.3 mi from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

ExcellentBased on 2,821 reviews
8.8

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge is located in Christchurch and offers a free shuttle service. It features modern rooms with a private bathroom and a kitchenette.

Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good

0.4 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

GoodBased on 2,979 reviews
7.6

Situated in Queenstown, Pinewood Lodge and Apartments is a short drive from Frankton and provides complimentary Wi-Fi, ski lockers and a swimming pool. This lodge is set in the heart of the town.

Millennium Hotel Queenstown
8.3 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,450 reviews
8.3

Set in Queenstown, Millennium Hotel Queenstown is within easy driving distance of Frankton and provides free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and a ballroom. It is conveniently located in the town centre.

Peppers Bluewater Resort
8.4 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Lake Tekapo Show on map

ExcellentBased on 3,361 reviews
8.4

Peppers Bluewater Resort is located on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as ski passes. It presents views of Lake Tekapo, and overlooks the lake.

Te Anau Lodge
9.1 Excellent

0.7 mi from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

ExcellentBased on 133 reviews
9.1

Te Anau Lodge is located on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as free Wi-Fi. The numerous amenities this unique bed & breakfast features include a lake, free bicycle rental and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Four Seasons Motel
8.4 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 285 reviews
8.4

Located in Queenstown, Four Seasons Motel Queenstown is an easy drive from Frankton and provides a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool. It is conveniently situated in the town centre.

Heritage Queenstown
8.6 Excellent

1.1 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,921 reviews
8.6

Presenting 178 unique rooms and views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, Heritage Queenstown is an ideal base with its central location. This contemporary hotel is located in Queenstown CBD.

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers - Hostel
8.5 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

ExcellentBased on 2,258 reviews
8.5

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is situated in Te Anau and features complimentary Wi-Fi. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
8.3 Excellent

1.3 mi from city centre, Wanaka Show on map

Situated at the foot of Roys Peak, Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is a comfortable base in Wanaka and features an outdoor pool, a sauna and indoor tennis courts. It also offers outdoor tennis courts, a lake and a Jacuzzi.

2
Coronation Lodge
8.9 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, Coronation Lodge is an easy drive from Frankton and provides ski lockers, snow sports and room service. This charming lodge is set in the heart of the town.

3
Qt Queenstown
9.1 Excellent

0.6 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Strategically located in the heart of the town, this 5-star resort makes for an ideal base in Queenstown. It also offers a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a sauna.

4
The Terrace
8.8 Excellent

0.2 mi from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Offering free wireless internet access in all areas, Terrace Motel is situated in Franz Josef and is a five-minute stroll from Glacier Hot Pools. It has 4-star rooms with views of the mountains.

5
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.0 Excellent

0.5 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, Peppers Beacon is an easy drive from Frankton and provides free Wi-Fi, a lake and a sauna. This modern hotel is set in the heart of the town.

6
Fiordland Lakeview Motel And Apartments
9.4 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

Featuring views of the lake, Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments provides 4-star accommodation in Te Anau. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to visit local attractions.

7
Quality Hotel Elms
8.5 Excellent

2.7 mi from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

Located in Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms is an easy drive from The Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to sightsee in the area.

8
Ibis Christchurch
8.1 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

This Christchurch hotel is situated next to Chief Post Office. It is set in the area's popular nightlife district, about a five-minute walk from the Bridge Of Remembrance.

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Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier Show on map

Providing a sauna, Rainforest Retreat is situated in Franz Josef and is a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools. It provides 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

$13
Avg. per night
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.8 Good

0.1 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Located in Queenstown, Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is a short drive from Frankton and provides a sauna. It is conveniently situated in the town centre.

$13
Avg. per night
Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good

0.4 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, Pinewood Lodge and Apartments is a short drive from Frankton and provides complimentary Wi-Fi, ski lockers and a swimming pool. This lodge is set in the heart of the town.

$14
Avg. per night
Base Backpackers Wanaka - Hostel
7.0 Good

0.7 mi from city centre, Wanaka Show on map

Base Wanaka provides a comfortable setting when in Wanaka. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

$14
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown
8.6 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, JUCY Snooze Queenstown is within easy driving distance of Frankton and offers luggage storage, free Wi-Fi and ski lockers. This hostel is set in the heart of the town.

$15
Avg. per night
Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers - Hostel
8.5 Excellent

0.3 mi from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is situated in Te Anau and features complimentary Wi-Fi. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

$16
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent

0.1 mi from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Strategically located in the centre of the town, this 4-star hostel makes for an ideal base in Queenstown. It is moments from Skycity Queenstown and is near the area's popular attractions and dining spots.

$17
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
8.4 Excellent

5.2 mi from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

Conveniently located moments from Christchurch International Airport, the hostel offers comfortable accommodation in Christchurch. It also provides a concierge, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$18
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in South Island

3 stars

$15 - $104

#1 Most popular

$30
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#2 Most popular

Breakfree On Cashel
8.1 Excellent
$48
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Best value

$15
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4 stars +

$13 - $306

#1 Most popular

$196
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#2 Most popular

$131
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$13
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Where to stay in South Island

About South Island

New Zealand’s South Island is filled with natural marvels, from snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear lakes to rugged headlands and tranquil wine country. This diverse region is also popular with adrenalin junkies looking for snow sports and bungee jumping, as well as foodies seeking world-renowned wine and farm-to-table produce.

Things to do

Nature around the South Island is incredibly diverse, ranging from the towering peaks, waterfalls and glacial fjords in Fiordland National Park to the sandy beaches, granite cliffs and coastal hiking trails in Abel Tasman National Park. Don’t miss Milford Sound, known for the iconic Mitre Peak and penguin sightings, or Fox Glacier, where you can hike across 13 kilometres of maritime glacier.

Those seeking authentic Maori culture and local wildlife should visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. Here you can see kiwi birds, dine on authentic Maori cuisine and witness cultural and dance performances. Step back in time to the 1860s New Zealand gold rush at Shantytown, which recreates this era with steam train rides, gold panning and live shows.

Do you love getting your blood pumping? Queenstown should be your South Island destination of choice, thanks to its sky-high bungee jumping and fast-paced swings. You’ll also find multiple skiing and snowboarding mountains with night skiing, terrain parks and experienced schools for beginners. Don’t forget about the exhilarating jet boats and semisubmersibles that traverse around Lake Wakatipu.

For something more low key, venture up to the Marlborough region, a world-famous wine-growing area known for its Sauvignon Blanc and fresh seafood. Indulge in king salmon and mussels on a Marlborough Sounds cruise, browse the local artisan markets or tour over 130 wineries and 37 cellar doors.

Getting around

The South Island has a number of international and domestic airports in major cities, such as Queenstown and Christchurch. You can get around with domestic flights, land tours or by renting a car and driving yourself.

South Island travel FAQs

  • Where is the best place to stay in South Island?

    Our travelers prefer to stay in places like Queenstown, Christchurch, and Te Anau while in South Island.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook, rated with a score of 8.3 from 3,510 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in South Island. Other top stays include Sofitel Queenstown - Hotel & Spa, with an average rating of 8.9 from 328 reviewers, and Sudima Christchurch Airport, with a score of 8.8 from 3,089 reviewers.