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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.

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 1,758 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.

Dunedin Aaron Lodge Holiday Park
Dunedin Aaron Lodge Holiday Park
7.9 Good
162 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
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2.3 km from city centre, Dunedin, New Zealand 
GoodBased on 516 reviews
7.9

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 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 1,437 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 3,125 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.

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 3,404 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.

Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park
Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park
8.4 Excellent
Akaroa, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Akaroa, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 442 reviews
8.4

Located within the scenic countryside of Akaroa, Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park offers comfortable accommodation and a full range of facilities, such as a swimming pool, luggage storage and an outdoor pool. It also provides laundry facilities, a table tennis table and a playground.

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 4,290 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 340 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.

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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.

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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
8.1 Excellent
33 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown 

Situated in Queenstown, Peppers Beacon is an easy drive from Frankton and provides a sauna, a lake and free Wi-Fi. This modern hotel is set in the heart of the town.

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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
George Street Motel Apartments
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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0.8 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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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.

$18
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Hippo Lodge Backpackers
Hippo Lodge Backpackers
8.0 Excellent
4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre,  

Situated in Queenstown, Hippo Lodge Backpackers is within easy driving distance of Frankton and provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and ski lockers. This hostel is set in the heart of the town.

$18
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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.

$20
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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.

$21
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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.

$21
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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.

$21
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Urbanz
Urbanz
8.0 Excellent
273 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre,  

Urbanz is set in Christchurch and is within a short walk of nearby sightseeing spots, such as the Bridge Of Remembrance, Excelsior Hotel and Christchurch Casino. It is close to the Citizens' War Memorial, eateries and shops.

$22
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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.

$25
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Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

$25 - $79

Tahuna Pod Hostel

No. 1 most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
$32
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Southern Laughter Backpackers

No. 2 most popular

$77
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The Black Sheep Backpackers

Best value

$25
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3 stars

$20 - $213

Nomads Queenstown Backpackers

No. 1 most popular

$21
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The Godley Hotel

No. 2 most popular

$142
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Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

$20
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4 stars and up

$25 - $273

Sherwood Queenstown

No. 1 most popular

Sherwood Queenstown
8.5 Excellent
$140
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Copthorne Hotel And Resort Queenstown Lakefront
$108
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

$25
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.