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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park
8.3 Excellent
24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown, New Zealand
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6.6 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,363 reviews
8.3

Featuring a bowling alley, this Queenstown hotel is conveniently located minutes from Queenstown International Airport. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to visit local attractions.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
8.3 Excellent
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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5.1 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 4,751 reviews
8.3

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is located in Queenstown and offers an indoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a Jacuzzi. It provides 5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
7.2 Good
38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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1.0 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
GoodBased on 3,101 reviews
7.2

Situated in Queenstown, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is an easy drive from Frankton and offers free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a sauna. This relaxed hotel is set in the heart of the town.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
8.2 Excellent
Corner Of Earl And Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 2,733 reviews
8.2

Situated in Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is an easy drive from Frankton and offers 24-hour room service, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool. This modern hotel is set in the heart of the town.

Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
8.6 Excellent
144-154 Anderson Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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2.0 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 743 reviews
8.6

Boasting an outdoor heated pool and outdoor tennis courts, the property is a deluxe base in Wanaka. It also features a gym, a Jacuzzi and a sauna.

Heritage Queenstown
8.6 Excellent
91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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1.7 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 2,057 reviews
8.6

Offering views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, Heritage Queenstown is centrally positioned and has an outdoor heated pool, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts. This relaxed hotel is located in Queenstown CBD.

Blue Peaks Lodge
8.4 Excellent
11 Sydney Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 488 reviews
8.4

Situated in Queenstown, Blue Peaks Lodge is a short drive from Frankton and offers babysitting/child services, an express check-in and check-out feature and a 24-hour reception. This modern motel is set in the heart of the town.

Amity Serviced Apartments
8.4 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.5 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,080 reviews
8.4

Strategically located in the heart of the town, this 4-star property makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. It also offers a ticket service, an express check-in and check-out feature and luggage storage.

Top Rated South Island hotels

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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka
8.0 Excellent
20 Studholme Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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2.1 km 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 indoor tennis courts, outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor heated pool. It also offers a sauna, squash courts and a Jacuzzi.

2
West Meadows Motel
9.5 Excellent
44 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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1.7 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 

West Meadows of Wanaka offers 3.5-star accommodation in Wanaka. It also features luggage storage, ski lockers and an express check-in and check-out feature.

3
Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
8.6 Excellent
34 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand 

Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier is set on South Island and provides 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. Just a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with a kitchenette, a refrigerator and a spa bath.

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Sherwood
8.5 Excellent
554 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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2.9 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

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

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QT Queenstown
9.8 Excellent
30 Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.9 km 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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Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.0 Excellent
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.9 km 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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Heritage Hanmer Springs
8.1 Excellent
1 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand 

Heritage Hanmer Springs is situated on South Island and provides 4-star facilities in addition to outdoor tennis courts and an indoor pool. Only a short stroll from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, it offers modern rooms equipped with internet access, a mini bar and a kitchenette.

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Ibis Christchurch
7.9 Good
107 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 

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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Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Pinewood Lodge and Apartments is located in Queenstown and provides guests with free Wi-Fi. This lodge is set in the heart of the town.

$24
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Reavers Lodge
6.0 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.8 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Situated in Queenstown, Reavers Lodge is an easy drive from Frankton and offers a Jacuzzi, ski equipment hire and a 24-hour reception. This modern lodge is set in the heart of the town.

$26
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Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
8.5 Excellent
Te Anau, New Zealand
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1.0 km from city centre, Te Anau, New Zealand 

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.

$33
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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
8.3 Excellent
5 Peter Leeming Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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8.3 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 

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.

$36
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Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.7 Good
5-11 Church Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

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

$36
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Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park
8.1 Excellent
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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1.7 km from city centre, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand 

Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as free Wi-Fi and a Jacuzzi. The various amenities this award-winning property features include a games room, a tour desk and a playground.

$53
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Tasman Holiday Parks - Christchurch
8.3 Excellent
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4.9 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 

Located in Christchurch, the hotel is within a 15-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and provides an indoor pool and a Jacuzzi. There is also a gym with a swimming pool.

$60
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136 On Bealey - Motel
6.1 Good
136 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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1.4 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 

136 On Bealey Motel is located in Christchurch and is close to Excelsior Hotel. It features unique rooms with a private bathroom and a kitchenette.

$65
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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 in South Island

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 South Island

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.

Facts about staying in South Island

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

    South Island has plenty to offer. Consider staying in some of its most favoured locations, like Queenstown, Christchurch, and Wanaka.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    Pinewood Lodge, rated with a score of 7.6 from 2,894 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in South Island. Other top stays include Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery, with an average rating of 8.7 from 860 reviewers, and Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, with a score of 8.2 from 2,733 reviewers.