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Reavers Lodge
Reavers Lodge
6.2 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.8 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
GoodBased on 2,907 reviews
6.2

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.

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
8.7 Excellent
2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 3,597 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
Alpine Village
8.0 Excellent
643 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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3.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
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.

Arrowtown Holiday Park
Arrowtown Holiday Park
8.4 Excellent
Arrowtown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Arrowtown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 145 reviews
8.4

Located in Arrowtown, Arrowtown Holiday Park is an easy drive from Queenstown Hill and provides on-site parking. The numerous facilities this cosy property features include a playground, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Queenstown Lakefront Dream
Queenstown Lakefront Dream
9.1 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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3.0 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 15 reviews
9.1

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
Peppers Christchurch Clearwater Resort
8.4 Excellent
Clearwater Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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9.9 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 718 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
Kamana Lakehouse
9.1 Excellent
139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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2.4 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,454 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.

Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park
Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park
8.0 Excellent
Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre, Te Anau, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 411 reviews
8.0

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.

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
8.5 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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6.7 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,506 reviews
8.5

Conveniently located within Queenstown International Airport, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation in Queenstown. It also features luggage storage, a lift and ski lockers.

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
8.8 Excellent
45 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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7.0 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 3,130 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.

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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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2.1 km from city centre, Wanaka 

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

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
QT Queenstown
9.1 Excellent
30 Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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
Manata Lodge
9.5 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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8.5 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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.

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Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.0 Excellent
34 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
9.1 Excellent
377 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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2.0 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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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The Central Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels
The Central Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels
8.9 Excellent
4 Sydney Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre, Queenstown 

Strategically located in the middle of the town, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with plasma TVs and free Wi-Fi access.

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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
8.3 Excellent
Corner Of Earl And Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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.

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Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.8 Good
5-11 Church Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.2 km 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.

$25
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Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park
Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park
8.0 Excellent
Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre,  

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.

$28
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Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels
8.4 Excellent
Te Anau, New Zealand
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1.0 km from city centre,  

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.

$29
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Reavers Lodge
Reavers Lodge
6.2 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.8 km from city centre,  

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.

$30
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Yha Queenstown Lakefront
Yha Queenstown Lakefront
8.9 Excellent
88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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1.2 km from city centre,  

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

$32
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Yha Queenstown Central
Yha Queenstown Central
8.3 Excellent
48 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre,  

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.

$34
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Melbourne Lodge Bed & Breakfast
Melbourne Lodge Bed & Breakfast
8.2 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre,  

Situated in Queenstown, Melbourne Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a short drive from Frankton and features a swimming pool. This modern lodge is set in the heart of the town.

$52
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Mt Aspiring Holiday Park
Mt Aspiring Holiday Park
7.9 Good
217 Mt Aspiring Rd Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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3.8 km from city centre,  

Mt Aspiring Holiday Park is located in Wanaka and features a Jacuzzi. It also offers a kids pool, an outdoor pool and a playground.

$52
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Hotel prices in South Island

3 stars

$23 - $208

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park
$109
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Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park

No. 2 most popular

$97
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Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

$23
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4 stars and up

$26 - $267

Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery

No. 1 most popular

$204
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

No. 2 most popular

$153
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

$26
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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.