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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 143 reviews
8.4

Located in Arrowtown, Arrowtown Holiday Park is an easy drive from Queenstown Hill and provides on-site parking. It features cosy lodgings with an en suite bathroom and a kitchenette.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
8.5 Excellent
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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5.2 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 3,784 reviews
8.5

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.

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 408 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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6.5 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,431 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.

Settlers Motel
Settlers Motel
9.4 Excellent
6 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 663 reviews
9.4

Settlers Motel Hanmer Springs is set on South Island and provides 5-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. It also offers a beauty centre, a 24-hour reception and an outdoor pool.

Pinewood Lodge
Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
GoodBased on 3,399 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
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
8.3 Excellent
32 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.5 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,530 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.

Altamont Lodge
Altamont Lodge
9.1 Excellent
Wanaka, New Zealand
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3.3 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 505 reviews
9.1

Altamont Lodge is located in Wanaka and is close to Roys Peak. It also offers a ticket service, a tour desk and luggage storage.

Bumbles Backpackers
Bumbles Backpackers
Cnr Lake Esplanade & Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Ideally situated in Queenstown, Bumbles Backpackers is within a 10-minute drive of Queenstown Hill. It is conveniently located for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Heritage Queenstown
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 2,257 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.

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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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Haast River Motels & Holiday Park
Haast River Motels & Holiday Park
8.3 Excellent
Haast, New Zealand
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1.9 km from city centre, Haast 

Haast River Motels & Holiday Park is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. It also provides luggage storage, a tour desk and a games room.

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Wanaka Homestead Lodge & Cottages
Wanaka Homestead Lodge & Cottages
9.6 Excellent
1 Homestead Close, Wanaka, New Zealand
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2.7 km from city centre, Wanaka 

This traditional bed & breakfast in Wanaka offers free wireless internet, as well as highchairs and a swimming pool. It also provides bicycle rental, a tour desk and luggage storage.

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Mantra Marina
Mantra Marina
7.3 Good
875 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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4.6 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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

5
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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Parklands Motel
Parklands Motel
8.9 Excellent
16 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre, Te Anau 

This charming motel in Te Anau offers free Wi-Fi, as well as a car rental desk and a sauna. It is ideally located for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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Airport Palms Motel
Airport Palms Motel
9.4 Excellent
56 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch, New Zealand
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6.9 km from city centre, Christchurch 

Airport Palms Motel is located in Christchurch and offers complimentary wireless internet. It also provides free private parking on site and is a 10-minute drive from University Of Canterbury.

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Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
8.5 Excellent
6 Henry Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown 

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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Yha Nelson By Accents
Yha Nelson By Accents
8.4 Excellent
59 Rutherford Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Set in Nelson, the hostel is a five-minute walk from the Nelson Provincial Museum and provides free Wi-Fi and a sauna. It offers 5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

C$ 16
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown
Jucy Snooze Queenstown
8.6 Excellent
47 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 16
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Pinewood Lodge
Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 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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0.2 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.

C$ 18
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Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel
8.5 Excellent
6 Henry Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.1 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 18
Avg. per night
Fox Glacier Pod Hostel & Inn
Fox Glacier Pod Hostel & Inn
7.1 Good
39 Sullivan Road, Fox Glacier, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre,  

Fox Pod Hostel & Inn is located in Fox Glacier and offers free Wi-Fi. A short stroll from Fox Glacier, it provides comfortable rooms equipped with wireless internet access.

C$ 19
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Tasman Bay Backpackers
Tasman Bay Backpackers
8.9 Excellent
10 Weka Street, Nelson, New Zealand
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0.6 km from city centre,  

Situated a brief drive from The Grampians, Tasman Bay Backpackers provides charming accommodation in Nelson. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to sightsee in the area.

C$ 21
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
8.4 Excellent
5 Peter Leeming Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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8.3 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 22
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

C$ 18 - C$ 109

Base Queenstown

#1 Most popular

C$ 109
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel

#2 Most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
C$ 28
Avg. per night
Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel

Best value

C$ 18
Avg. per night
3 stars

C$ 16 - C$ 186

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park
C$ 105
Avg. per night
Sudima Christchurch Airport

#2 Most popular

C$ 185
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

C$ 16
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

C$ 22 - C$ 164

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

#1 Most popular

C$ 158
Avg. per night
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

#2 Most popular

C$ 124
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

C$ 22
Avg. per night

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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 Te Anau are the most popular places on HotelsCombined for stays in South Island.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    3,781 reviews rated Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa with an average score of 8.5/10. It may also be worth looking into the Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park, which received a rating of 8.5/10 from 1,364 reviews. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside could also be a good option, with a score of 8.4/10 from 2,302 reviews.