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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
8.2 Excellent
20 Studholme Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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1.3 mi from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 

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.

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Alpine Glacier Motel
Alpine Glacier Motel
8.8 Excellent
17 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.1 mi from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand 

Alpine Glacier Motel is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as a Jacuzzi. It also provides laundry facilities, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

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Coronation Lodge
Coronation Lodge
8.9 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.2 mi from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

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.

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QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
9.1 Excellent
30 Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.6 mi from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

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.

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The Terrace
The Terrace
8.8 Excellent
15 Cowan Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.2 mi from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand 

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.

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Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.1 Excellent
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.5 mi from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Conveniently located in the middle of the town, this 4.5-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Queenstown. It has a gym, as well as a lake, a sauna and free Wi-Fi.

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Fiordland Lakeview Motel And Apartments
Fiordland Lakeview Motel And Apartments
9.4 Excellent
42 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.3 mi from city centre, Te Anau, New Zealand 

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.

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Quality Hotel Elms
Quality Hotel Elms
8.4 Excellent
456 Papanui Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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2.7 mi from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 

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.

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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
8.4 Excellent
5 Peter Leeming Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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5.2 mi from city centre,  

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

$18
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Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.8 Good
5-11 Church Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.1 mi from city centre,  

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

$19
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Hotel Give
Hotel Give
8.4 Excellent
12 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.3 mi from city centre,  

Situated in Christchurch, the hostel is within a 20-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and provides a sauna. It is located just a short stroll from a number of popular bars, clubs and restaurants.

$22
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Rainforest Retreat
Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.2 mi from city centre,  

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.

$22
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Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
8.0 Excellent
64 Lakefront Terrace, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.2 mi from city centre,  

Located in Te Anau, Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas is a short drive from Manapouri and provides a sauna and an outdoor heated pool. It also commands views of the garden and the mountains, plus Fiordland and Lake Te Anau.

$55
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Alpine Glacier Motel
Alpine Glacier Motel
8.8 Excellent
17 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.1 mi from city centre,  

Alpine Glacier Motel is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as a Jacuzzi. It also provides laundry facilities, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

$56
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Coronation Lodge
Coronation Lodge
8.9 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.2 mi from city centre,  

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.

$63
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Breakfree On Cashel
Breakfree On Cashel
8.0 Excellent
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.3 mi from city centre,  

Located in Christchurch, BreakFree on Cashel offers stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Excelsior Hotel. It is close to Chief Post Office, shops and nightlife options.

$68
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Hotel prices in South Island

3 stars

$16 - $150

Mt Cook Lodge and Motel

#1 Most popular

$149
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Breakfree On Cashel

#2 Most popular

Breakfree On Cashel
8.0 Excellent
$68
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Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

$16
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4 stars +

$18 - $237

Sofitel Queenstown - Hotel & Spa

#1 Most popular

$160
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Sudima Christchurch Airport

#2 Most popular

$158
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

$18
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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 8.4 from 4,157 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in South Island. Other top stays include Sofitel Queenstown - Hotel & Spa, with an average rating of 8.7 from 569 reviewers, and Sudima Christchurch Airport, with a score of 8.8 from 2,601 reviewers.