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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.

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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Address
Queenstown CBD, New Zealand
Guest Rating
6.7
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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.

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Address
Burnside, Christchurch
Guest Rating
Very Good, 8.5
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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.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Address
Kelvin Heights, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Superb, 9.0
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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is located in Queenstown and offers an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace. It provides 5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Address
Queenstown CBD, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Very Good, 8.4
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Situated in Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is an easy drive from Frankton and offers a swimming pool, ski passes and a Jacuzzi. This contemporary hotel is set in the heart of the town.

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Address
Christchurch, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Very Good, 8.3
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Situated in Christchurch, Sudima Hotel provides direct access to Christchurch International Airport and features a free shuttle service. Those staying at the property have access to a day spa, a gym and an outdoor pool.

BreakFree on Cashel

BreakFree on Cashel
Address
Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Guest Rating
Good, 7.8
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Located in Christchurch, BreakFree on Cashel offers stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Excelsior Hotel. It is close to Chief Post Office, shops and nightlife options.

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Peppers Bluewater Resort
Address
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Good, 7.9
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Peppers Bluewater Resort is located on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as ski passes. It presents views of Lake Tekapo, and overlooks the lake.

Heritage Queenstown

Heritage Queenstown
Address
Queenstown CBD, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Fabulous, 8.6
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Presenting 178 relaxed rooms and views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, Heritage Queenstown is an ideal base with its central location. This relaxed hotel is located in Queenstown CBD.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Address
Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Guest Rating
Very Good, 8.4
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Boasting free Wi-Fi and a sauna, Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is located in Christchurch and offers modern accommodation. It is moments from Chief Post Office, restaurants and nightlife options.

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Address
Queenstown CBD, New Zealand
Guest Rating
Good, 7.7
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Situated in Queenstown, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is a short drive from Frankton and provides free Wi-Fi, a Jacuzzi and an express check-in and check-out feature. This hotel is set in the heart of the town.

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