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City Central Motel Apartments
City Central Motel Apartments
8.0 Excellent
252 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
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1.0 km from city centre, Christchurch, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,078 reviews
8.0

City Central Motel Apartments offers 4-star accommodation in Christchurch. It also provides an express check-in and check-out feature, babysitting/child services and meeting rooms.

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 1,757 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.

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 3,790 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.

Stafford Gables Hostel
Stafford Gables Hostel
5.6 Okay
71 Stafford Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Dunedin, New Zealand 
OkayBased on 379 reviews
5.6

Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hostel makes for an excellent base in Dunedin. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop terrace and highchairs.

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 3,123 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.

Fairway Motel and Apartments
Fairway Motel and Apartments
8.7 Excellent
2 Macpherson Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
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0.9 km from city centre, Wanaka, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 1,295 reviews
8.7

Fairway Motel & Apartments offers 3-star accommodation in Wanaka. It also provides luggage storage, a tour desk and an outdoor pool.

Caples Court
Caples Court
8.3 Excellent
Queenstown, New Zealand
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0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown, New Zealand 
ExcellentBased on 342 reviews
8.3

Strategically located in the centre of the town, this 4-star motel makes for an excellent base in Queenstown. It is ideally located for guests wanting to visit local attractions.

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West Meadows Motel
West Meadows Motel
9.6 Excellent
44 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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1.6 km from city centre, Wanaka 

West Meadows of Wanaka is located in Wanaka and features ski equipment hire and free Wi-Fi. It offers 3.5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

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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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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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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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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.

€12
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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.

€12
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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.

€12
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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.

€12
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Yha Franz Josef
Yha Franz Josef
8.8 Excellent
2-4 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.2 km from city centre,  

Featuring a sauna, YHA Franz Josef is situated in Franz Josef and offers modern accommodation. It also provides a 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and 24-hour room service.

€14
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Rainforest Retreat
Rainforest Retreat
8.8 Excellent
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Providing a sauna, Rainforest Retreat is situated in Franz Josef and is a short walk from Glacier Hot Pools. It provides 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

€14
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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.

€14
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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.

€15
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Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

€14 - €33

Tahuna Pod Hostel

No. 1 most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
€19
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Stafford Gables Hostel

No. 2 most popular

€33
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Yha Franz Josef

Best value

Yha Franz Josef
8.8 Excellent
€14
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3 stars

€51 - €135

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

No. 1 most popular

€71
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Park Regis Dunedin

No. 2 most popular

Park Regis Dunedin
8.9 Excellent
€135
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City Central Motel Apartments

Best value

€51
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4 stars and up

€50 - €156

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

No. 1 most popular

€99
Avg. per night
Sofitel Queenstown - Hotel & Spa

No. 2 most popular

€154
Avg. per night
Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park

Best value

€50
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?

    Users favour staying in areas such as Queenstown, Christchurch, and Wanaka. Consider these locations when searching for your desired stay.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    2,723 reviews rated Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch with an average score of 8.6/10. It may also be worth looking into the Sofitel Queenstown - Hotel & Spa, which received a rating of 8.8/10 from 534 reviews. Tahuna Pod Hostel could also be a good option, with a score of 8.9/10 from 2,125 reviews.