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Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
8.7 Excellent

1.1 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo Show on map

ExcellentBased on 3,454 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.

Alpine Village
8.0 Excellent

3.2 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 253 reviews
8.0

Alpine Village offers a chic setting while in Queenstown. It also features an express check-in and check-out feature, a lake and a tour desk.

Queenstown Lakefront Dream
9.4 Excellent

3.0 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 14 reviews
9.4

Situated in Queenstown, the vacation rental is within easy reach of Queenstown Gardens and The Remarkables. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet in all areas.

Peppers Christchurch Clearwater Resort
8.4 Excellent

9.9 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

ExcellentBased on 589 reviews
8.4

Located in Christchurch, Peppers Clearwater Resort is an easy drive from University Of Canterbury and offers free private parking on site. Those staying at the property have access to outdoor tennis courts and a sun deck.

Kamana Lakehouse
9.1 Excellent

2.4 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,116 reviews
9.1

Boasting a popular location, Kamana Lakehouse provides views of Queenstown, and is conveniently close to a multitude of dining options. It is a 10-minute drive from Queenstown Gardens and offers free public parking on site.

Caples Court
8.2 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 313 reviews
8.2

Strategically located in the centre of the town, this 4-star motel makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. It is ideally located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

Manata Lodge
9.5 Excellent

8.6 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 128 reviews
9.5

Located in Queenstown and overlooking South Island, Manata Lodge Luxury Apartments provides a range of ski amenities such as ski lockers and snow activities. It also features a sauna, outdoor tennis courts and an indoor pool.

Four Seasons Motel
8.4 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 319 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.

Amber Lodge
7.9 Good

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

GoodBased on 307 reviews
7.9

Situated centrally, Amber Lodge provides unique views of Queenstown and is just moments from Skycity Queenstown. It also offers easy access to several local entertainment and dining venues in Queenstown CBD.

Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
8.3 Excellent

2.1 km from city centre, Wanaka Show on map

ExcellentBased on 638 reviews
8.3

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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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
8.3 Excellent

2.1 km 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
Mantra Marina
7.3 Good

4.6 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Mantra Marina offers a modern setting while in Queenstown. It provides 5-star apartments with views of the lake.

3
Sherwood Queenstown
8.5 Excellent

2.9 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Sherwood Queenstown is located in Queenstown and features a Jacuzzi. It also offers a beauty centre, an outdoor pool and a sauna.

4
QT Queenstown
9.1 Excellent

0.9 km 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.

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Manata Lodge
9.5 Excellent

8.6 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Located in Queenstown and overlooking South Island, Manata Lodge Luxury Apartments provides a range of ski amenities such as ski lockers and snow activities. It also features a sauna, outdoor tennis courts and an indoor pool.

6
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.0 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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

7
Haka Lodge Queenstown
8.5 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Strategically located in the middle of the town, this 4.5-star hostel makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. It is ideally located for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
9.1 Excellent

2.0 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments provides sophisticated 5-star accommodation, as well as a rooftop terrace, free wireless internet access in all areas and a private dock. The various facilities this charming property features include a shuttle service, conference rooms and ski lockers.

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Jucy Snooze Queenstown
8.6 Excellent

0.2 km 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.

$17
Avg. per night
Haka Lodge Queenstown
8.5 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Strategically located in the middle of the town, this 4.5-star hostel makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. It is ideally located for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

$17
Avg. per night
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.8 Good

0.2 km 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.

$18
Avg. per night
Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good

0.7 km 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.

$19
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent

0.1 km 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.

$20
Avg. per night
Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
8.4 Excellent

1.0 km from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels is situated on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as a Jacuzzi. It is also within walking distance of Te Anau's popular attractions.

$23
Avg. per night
Yha Queenstown Lakefront
8.9 Excellent

1.2 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Situated in Queenstown, YHA Queenstown Lakefront is an easy drive from Frankton and offers luggage storage, a tour desk and ski lockers. This hostel is set in the heart of the town.

$24
Avg. per night
Yha Queenstown Central
8.4 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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

$26
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

$20 - $85

No. 1 most popular

$85
Avg. per night

Best value

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
$20
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3 stars

$17 - $152

$128
Avg. per night

No. 2 most popular

$83
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Best value

$17
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4 stars and up

$18 - $219

No. 1 most popular

$150
Avg. per night

No. 2 most popular

$149
Avg. per night
$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?

    Queenstown, Christchurch, and Wanaka are some of the most favoured places to stay in South Island.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    South Island is home to many highly-rated hotels, one of which is Pinewood Lodge, which has a current rating of 7.6. For other potential stays, consider Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery and Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, which can also be great places to stay in South Island.