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Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
8.7 Excellent
2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 3,599 reviews
8.7

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park provides a comfortable setting while in Lake Tekapo. It is conveniently located for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

Alpine Village
Alpine Village
8.0 Excellent
643 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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3.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 256 reviews
8.0

Alpine Village offers a chic setting while in Queenstown. It also features an express check-in and check-out feature, a lake and a tour desk.

Pine Hill Lodge
Pine Hill Lodge
10.0 Excellent
112 Pine Hill Road, Ruby Bay, Nelson, New Zealand
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18.0 km from city centre, Nelson, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 2 reviews
10.0

Boasting a swimming pool, Pine Hill Lodge In Vineyard is located in Tasman and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides a tour desk, luggage storage and a ticket service.

Te Wanaka Lodge
Te Wanaka Lodge
8.9 Excellent
23 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
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1.1 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,008 reviews
8.9

Te Wanaka Lodge is located in Wanaka and features a Jacuzzi. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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 3,655 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.

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 1,397 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 3,041 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 3,357 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.

Whistler Holiday Apartments
Whistler Holiday Apartments
8.5 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,325 reviews
8.5

Situated in Queenstown, The Whistler Holiday Apartments is an easy drive from Frankton and offers a terrace, laundry facilities and ski lockers. This modern property is set in the heart of the town.

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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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Lake Tekapo Village Motel
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
8.3 Excellent
Village Centre, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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0.1 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo 

Lake Tekapo Village Motel is located in Lake Tekapo and is close to the area's popular attractions. It also offers a safe, laundry facilities 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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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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Manata Lodge
Manata Lodge
9.5 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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8.6 km from city centre, Queenstown 

Located in Queenstown and overlooking South Island, Manata Lodge Luxury Apartments provides a range of ski amenities such as ski lockers and snow activities. It also features a sauna, outdoor tennis courts and an indoor pool.

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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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Pine Hill Lodge
Pine Hill Lodge
10.0 Excellent
112 Pine Hill Road, Ruby Bay, Nelson, New Zealand
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18.0 km from city centre, Nelson 

Boasting a swimming pool, Pine Hill Lodge In Vineyard is located in Tasman and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides a tour desk, luggage storage and a ticket service.

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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.

Cheapest hotels in South Island, New Zealand

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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.

S$ 20
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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.

S$ 23
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel
Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
11 Henry Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.1 km from city centre,  

Strategically located in the centre of the town, this 4-star hostel makes for an ideal base in Queenstown. It is moments from Skycity Queenstown and is near the area's popular attractions and dining spots.

S$ 24
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Ivorytowers Backpacker Lodge
Ivorytowers Backpacker Lodge
8.5 Excellent
33-35 Sullivans Road, Fox Glacier, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre,  

This comfortable hostel in Fox Glacier offers free wireless internet, as well as bicycle rental and luggage storage. It is moments from Fox Glacier.

S$ 25
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Butterfli Lodge
Butterfli Lodge
Queenstown, New Zealand
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1.2 km from city centre,  

Centrally positioned in Queenstown, Butterfli Lodge is within an easy drive of Queenstown Hill. It is ideally located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

S$ 36
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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.

S$ 37
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Breakfree On Cashel
Breakfree On Cashel
8.1 Excellent
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre,  

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.

S$ 69
Avg. per night
Getaway Te Anau
Getaway Te Anau
8.8 Excellent
Te Anau, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre,  

Situated in Te Anau, Getaway Te Anau provides relaxed 5-star accommodation, as well as a sauna. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions.

S$ 72
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Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

S$ 24 - S$ 101

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park

No. 1 most popular

S$ 101
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel

Best value

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
S$ 24
Avg. per night
3 stars

S$ 25 - S$ 202

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

No. 1 most popular

S$ 112
Avg. per night
Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park

No. 2 most popular

S$ 84
Avg. per night
Ivorytowers Backpacker Lodge

Best value

S$ 25
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

S$ 23 - S$ 246

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

No. 1 most popular

S$ 124
Avg. per night
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery

No. 2 most popular

S$ 126
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

S$ 23
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 Wanaka 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 DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown, which has a current rating of 8.5. For other potential stays, consider Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown and Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery, which can also be great places to stay in South Island.