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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 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.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
8.4 Excellent
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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5.1 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 3,903 reviews
8.4

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 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 1,507 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.

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 1,464 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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3.2 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 503 reviews
9.1

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

Bumbles Backpackers
Bumbles Backpackers
Cnr Lake Esplanade & Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.6 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 2,372 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.

Carrick Lodge Motel
Carrick Lodge Motel
9.2 Excellent
10 Barry Avenue, Cromwell, New Zealand
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0.6 km from city centre, Cromwell, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 376 reviews
9.2

Carrick Lodge Motel offers a comfortable setting when in Cromwell. It also provides free bicycle rental, an executive floor and a 24-hour reception.

North South Holiday Park
North South Holiday Park
8.3 Excellent
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8.6 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 998 reviews
8.3

Located in Christchurch, North South Holiday Park is within a 15-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and offers outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a sauna. It features comfortable lodgings 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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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 a library, a shared kitchen and a tour desk.

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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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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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0.1 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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Lakeside Motel and Apartments - Te Anau
Lakeside Motel and Apartments - Te Anau
8.9 Excellent
36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.5 km from city centre, Te Anau 

Lakeside Motel & Apartments is located on South Island and offers 3.5-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. It is also steps from Te Anau's popular attractions and landmarks.

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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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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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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$ 20
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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$ 23
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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.

C$ 26
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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.

C$ 49
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North South Holiday Park
North South Holiday Park
8.3 Excellent
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8.6 km from city centre,  

Located in Christchurch, North South Holiday Park is within a 15-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and offers outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a sauna. It features comfortable lodgings with a private bathroom and a kitchenette.

C$ 50
Avg. per night
Bumbles Backpackers
Bumbles Backpackers
Cnr Lake Esplanade & Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.6 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 52
Avg. per night
Parklands Motel
Parklands Motel
8.9 Excellent
16 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.1 km from city centre,  

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.

C$ 70
Avg. per night
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
8.0 Excellent
64 Lakefront Terrace, Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.3 km 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.

C$ 70
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Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

C$ 24 - C$ 100

Tahuna Pod Hostel

#1 Most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
C$ 28
Avg. per night
Foveaux Hotel

#2 Most popular

Foveaux Hotel
8.5 Excellent
C$ 100
Avg. per night
Haka Lodge Queenstown - Hostel

Best value

C$ 24
Avg. per night
3 stars

C$ 20 - C$ 194

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park
C$ 103
Avg. per night
Breakfree On Cashel

#2 Most popular

Breakfree On Cashel
8.1 Excellent
C$ 86
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

C$ 20
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

C$ 24 - C$ 197

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

#1 Most popular

C$ 153
Avg. per night
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

#2 Most popular

C$ 142
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

C$ 24
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?

    3,908 reviews rated Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa with an average score of 8.4/10. It may also be worth looking into the Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park, which received a rating of 8.5/10 from 1,479 reviews. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside could also be a good option, with a score of 8.3/10 from 2,449 reviews.