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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.

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.

Alpine Lodge Motel
Alpine Lodge Motel
8.2 Excellent
1 Harrogate Street, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,827 reviews
8.2

Alpine Lodge Motel is situated on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation in addition to a Jacuzzi. It is also minutes from Hanmer Springs's popular attractions and landmarks.

Aaron Lodge Top 10 Holiday Park
Aaron Lodge Top 10 Holiday Park
7.8 Good
162 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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2.3 km from city centre, Dunedin, New Zealand 
GoodBased on 552 reviews
7.8

Located in Dunedin, Aaron lodge Top 10 Holiday Park is within easy reach of University of Otago and Baldwin Street. It also offers an indoor pool, a playground and luggage storage.

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.

Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
8.3 Excellent
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 4,339 reviews
8.3

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.

Four Seasons Motel
Four Seasons Motel
8.4 Excellent
12 Stanley Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 358 reviews
8.4

Located in Queenstown, Four Seasons Motel Queenstown is an easy drive from Frankton and provides a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool. It is conveniently situated in the town centre.

M&Y Guest House (Christchurch Airport)
M&Y Guest House (Christchurch Airport)
10.0 Excellent
19 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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7.0 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1 review
10.0

Featuring a shuttle service to Christchurch International Airport, as well as free wireless internet, the guest house is a convenient place to stay in Christchurch. It offers a garden, and is a short stroll from Burnside Park.

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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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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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Bluestone On George
Bluestone On George
9.6 Excellent
571 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Dunedin 

Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 5-star motel makes for an excellent base in Dunedin. It is ideally positioned for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

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George Street Motel Apartments (previously Farrys Motel)
George Street Motel Apartments (previously Farrys Motel)
8.8 Excellent
575 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Dunedin 

Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 4-star motel makes for an ideal base in Dunedin. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

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Hanmer Springs Hotel
Hanmer Springs Hotel
8.4 Excellent
1 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Hanmer Springs 

Heritage Hanmer Springs is situated on South Island and provides 4-star facilities in addition to outdoor tennis courts. The various amenities this historic hotel features include an outdoor pool, a playground and meeting rooms.

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Colombo In The City
Colombo In The City
8.7 Excellent
863 Colombo Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Christchurch 

Colombo In The City provides a cosy setting while in Christchurch. It is conveniently located for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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

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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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.

$23
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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.

$26
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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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Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
Leviathan Heritage Hotel Dunedin
7.5 Good
27 Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre,  

Set in the heart of the city, Leviathan Hotel provides easy access to Dunedin's popular sightseeing and retail areas. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a bar and is moments from the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

$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.

$30
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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.

$31
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Hotel Give
Hotel Give
8.4 Excellent
12 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Situated in Christchurch, the hostel is within a 20-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and provides a sauna. It is located just a short stroll from a number of popular bars, clubs and restaurants.

$31
Avg. per night
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.

$33
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Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

$31 - $78

Tahuna Pod Hostel

No. 1 most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
$33
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Southern Laughter Backpackers

No. 2 most popular

$68
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The Black Sheep Backpackers

Best value

$31
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3 stars

$24 - $154

Dunedin Holiday Park

No. 1 most popular

$60
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Nomads Queenstown Backpackers

No. 2 most popular

$26
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Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

$24
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4 stars and up

$27 - $276

Sherwood Queenstown

No. 1 most popular

Sherwood Queenstown
8.5 Excellent
$160
Avg. per night
Copthorne Hotel And Resort Queenstown Lakefront
$128
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Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

$27
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?

    You can find several places worth visiting in South Island. Queenstown, Christchurch, and Dunedin are some of the most popular amongst our users.

  • 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 Arrowtown Holiday Park and Sherwood Queenstown, which can also be great places to stay in South Island.