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Alpine Lodge Motel
Alpine Lodge Motel
8.3 Excellent

0.3 km from city centre, Hanmer Springs Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,653 reviews
8.3

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
8.0 Excellent

2.3 km from city centre, Dunedin Show on map

ExcellentBased on 476 reviews
8.0

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

0.2 km from city centre, Te Anau Show on map

ExcellentBased on 403 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

6.5 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 1,371 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

7.0 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

ExcellentBased on 2,983 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

0.7 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

GoodBased on 3,324 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.

Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
8.3 Excellent

0.4 km from city centre, Lake Tekapo Show on map

ExcellentBased on 4,069 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

0.3 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

ExcellentBased on 330 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

7.0 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

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.

North South Holiday Park
North South Holiday Park
8.3 Excellent

8.6 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

ExcellentBased on 970 reviews
8.3

Located in Christchurch, North South Holiday Park is within a 15-minute drive of Christchurch International Airport and offers a sauna, an outdoor pool and outdoor tennis courts. It features comfortable lodgings with a private bathroom and a kitchenette.

Top Rated South Island hotels

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Mantra Marina
Mantra Marina
7.3 Good

4.6 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Mantra Marina offers a modern setting while in Queenstown. It provides 5-star apartments with views of the lake.

2
Sherwood Queenstown
Sherwood Queenstown
8.5 Excellent

2.9 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Sherwood Queenstown is located in Queenstown and features a Jacuzzi. It also offers a beauty centre, an outdoor pool and a sauna.

3
QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
9.1 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

4
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
8.1 Excellent

0.9 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

5
Bluestone On George
Bluestone On George
9.6 Excellent

1.1 km from city centre, Dunedin Show on map

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.

6
Haka Lodge Queenstown
Haka Lodge Queenstown
8.4 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

7
Ibis Christchurch
Ibis Christchurch
7.9 Good

0.2 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

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.

8
The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
9.1 Excellent

2.0 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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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Haka Lodge Queenstown
Haka Lodge Queenstown
8.4 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

$13
Avg. per night
Pinewood Lodge
Pinewood Lodge
7.6 Good

0.7 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

$14
Avg. per night
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers
7.8 Good

0.2 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

Located in Queenstown, Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is a short drive from Frankton and provides a sauna. It is conveniently situated in the town centre.

$14
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown
Jucy Snooze Queenstown
8.6 Excellent

0.2 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

$14
Avg. per night
Urbanz
Urbanz
8.1 Excellent

0.7 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

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.

$16
Avg. per night
Tahuna Pod Hostel
Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent

0.1 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

$17
Avg. per night
Yha Queenstown Lakefront
Yha Queenstown Lakefront
8.9 Excellent

1.2 km from city centre, Queenstown Show on map

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.

$18
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
8.4 Excellent

8.3 km from city centre, Christchurch Show on map

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.

$19
Avg. per night

Hotel prices in South Island

2 stars or below

$13 - $17

Tahuna Pod Hostel

No. 1 most popular

Tahuna Pod Hostel
8.9 Excellent
$17
Avg. per night
Haka Lodge Queenstown

Best value

$13
Avg. per night
3 stars

$14 - $152

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak

No. 1 most popular

$72
Avg. per night
Nomads Queenstown Backpackers

No. 2 most popular

$14
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Best value

$14
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$19 - $183

Nugget Point A Thc Group Hotel

No. 1 most popular

$106
Avg. per night
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

No. 2 most popular

$95
Avg. per night
Jucy Snooze Christchurch

Best value

$19
Avg. per night

Best prices found by HotelsCombined users in the past 24 hours.

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?

    When visiting South Island, consider checking out Queenstown, Nelson, and Christchurch as some of the most sought after locations.

  • What are the best hotels in South Island?

    One of the most popular hotels in South Island is Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak, which has been reviewed by 1,275 users and currently has a rating of 8.2/10. Other top-rated locations include Nugget Point A Thc Group Hotel and Villa Del Lago, which have received 8.5/10 and 9.2/10 ratings from our users, respectively.