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Nestled amidst stunning Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu views, this luxurious hotel offers exceptional lake view rooms and top-notch service. Perfect for romantic getaways, with hot pools, delicious breakfast options, and an inviting terrace and restaurant/bar.
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#2 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Spacious hotel with well-equipped kitchens, comfortable rooms, and stunning views. Features underfloor heating, spa baths, and easy access to hiking trails.
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#3 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Charming boutique hotel in Queenstown offering personalized service, cozy atmosphere, stunning mountain views, and a central location. Features comfortable rooms, log fire lounge, and outdoor spa.
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#4 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Charming hotel with rainforest setting offering restaurant, bar, deluxe treehouses, and lodges. Delicious breakfast baskets, cozy dining, spacious rooms, beautiful views.
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#5 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Lakefront hotel offering stunning views, spacious rooms with balconies, and convenient access to Steamer Wharf, town center, and local attractions. Satisfactory breakfast buffet, valet parking, and good facilities.
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#6 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Serene lakefront location with stunning views, walking distance to town and easy access to trails. Spacious, well-equipped rooms perfect for families. Resort-style grounds and activities available.
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Charming hotel in picturesque location, beautiful gardens, modern & comfortable rooms. Central location near city parks, CBD, & airport. Highly praised by guests.
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#8 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Conveniently located hotel near restaurants, lake, town center, and attractions. Luxurious, clean rooms with modern amenities and beautiful views. Ideal for long stays and spoiling oneself.
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Julia C
Julia C
@JuliaC602
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jan 4, 2023
A perfect place in Franz Josef
"A very clean, quiet, comfortable room with excellent modern features."
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#9 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Quiet hotel with spotless, well-equipped kitchenettes, modern appliances, and comfortable beds. Convenient location, walking distance to amenities, restaurants, hiking trails and attractions.
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#10 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Upscale hotel with park views, excellent service, and unique touches like complimentary teddy bears. Amenities include free laundry, turn down service, and a central location for city exploration.
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Quiet lakeside location with beautiful views, excellent hourly shuttle service to town, friendly staff, well-appointed rooms, and close to walking trails.
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Conveniently located near hot springs, beach, and shops, this hotel offers stunning lake views and a variety of accommodations. Well-equipped powered sites for campervans, spacious and clean kiwi bach, and comfortable ensuite cabins. Popular hotel with friendly staff, beautiful landscaping, and easy access to shoreline.
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Lakefront hotel with stunning views, ideal location, and cozy fireplace rooms. Enjoy well-appointed gym/pool area, restaurant with picturesque fire-pit, and convenient water taxi service.
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Centrally located hotel with pleasant bar, easy access to town, and stunning lake views. Offers guest laundries, valet parking, and 24/7 bar menu. Walking distance to attractions, shops, and dining.
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#15 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Charming hotel with beautiful gardens and exquisite views. Memorable location on iconic peninsula. Classic decor, Victorian-style bathrooms. Enjoy warm breakfast buffet & unique dining options.
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Dottie
Dottie
@Sundaygal22
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jun 2, 2022
Awesome, ticks all the boxes for me.. lovely warm fires going for the cool nights nice cosy areas to sit and read or relax with
"We stayed two nights... great reception, check in was smooth and easy and reception was friendly and informative.. had a booking though bookme package was great, was in forest wing great room and views off lake an..."
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#16 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Quiet hotel near town, great views, fabulous breakfast, spacious family rooms. Deluxe rooms offer extra amenities, scenic lake views, & tranquil forest wing.
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Modern hotel offering spacious apartments with lake views and well-appointed amenities, such as washer/dryers and full kitchens. Ideal for longer stays, close to town center.
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Well-positioned hotel offering excellent valet service, spacious & comfortable rooms with French twist. Highlights include spa bath, day spa, club lounge, Nespresso coffee, and impressive leadership.
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Great location with beautiful views, spacious and comfortable rooms. Short walk to town and waterfront, helpful staff. Charming ambiance with lakeside panoramas.
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Emma M
Emma M
@emmatraveler95
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jul 13, 2022
Cosy and unique in the heart of Christchurch
"Loved the touch of a face-mask by the bed and the beautiful Drawing Room for breakfast."
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#20 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Charming hotel with luxurious rooms, spacious bathrooms, and exceptional artwork. Standout "drawing room" offering plush atmosphere and vast book selection. Conveniently located near city center and dining options.
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Spacious hotel with comfortable beds and well-appointed kitchens. Great location offering mountain and lake views. Ample amenities and buffet breakfast available.
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#22 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Modern hotel featuring well-equipped kitchens, spacious and clean rooms, and laundromat on-site. Well-appointed amenities, convenient location in town center, and helpful staff to enhance your stay.
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ginsengNewYork
ginsengNewYork
@ginsengNewYork
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Mar 25, 2024
GREAT VALUE AND STELLAR STAFF
"Our unit, with large bedroom, small living area and kitchenette was pleasant, very clean, quiet and spacious."
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#23 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Modern hotel with great views, comfortable beds, and kitchenettes in separate bedrooms. Peaceful nature setting near activities and on-site dining options.
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Convenient airport hotel with covered walkway access, nearby shops, and rental car services. Top floor restaurant and bar offer spectacular runway views.
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#25 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Stunning lake and mountain views with spacious, well-designed rooms and balconies. Two-bedroom apartments offer modern amenities and full kitchens. Shuttle bus service adds convenience for guests. Beautiful Lake Wakatipu location, just 30-minute walk to town.
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Scenic hotel boasting stunning lake and mountain views, peaceful and quiet location. Spacious rooms with daily-refreshed amenities, convenient access to town via local bus or Uber.
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Modern hotel boasting comfortable rooms, clever use of space, and stunning rooftop views. Convenient location for walking, reasonable prices, and free hot drinks available on each floor.
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sarahnutmeg
sarahnutmeg
@sarahnutmeg
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jun 11, 2021
Wonderful staff and comfortable room
"Wonderful staff and comfortable room"
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#28 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Spacious family rooms with kitchenettes and lovely views. Comfortable beds, clean and modern amenities. Convenient location near town center, quiet area, and guest lounge offering lake views.
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#29 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Clean, comfortable rooms with kitchenettes, prime location for dining and attractions, spacious facilities, and friendly staff. Close to Lake Matheson, native wildlife nearby.
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wasp07
wasp07
@wasp07
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Feb 19, 2022
Great customer service, highly recommend
"The room was spacious and clean, the staff were very helpful and the location was perfect."
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#30 Best Value of 3,608 places to stay in South Island
Centrally located in Queenstown, this hotel boasts spacious, clean rooms with comfortable beds and quality furnishings. Close to town center, tourist attractions, dining, and nightlife.
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South Island Hotels Information

Hotels in South Island

3,607

Hotels Prices From

$50

Hotels Reviews

409,895

Hotels Photos

196,348

Travel high season

Mar - May

Travel low season

Jun - Aug

High season avg price

$320

Low season avg price

$258
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Price trends, weather and things to do can help you make a decision.
Season
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Dec - Feb
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$324
$85$454
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17in
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13 in33 in
Mar - May
Avg. price/night
$331
HIGHEST
$85$454
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-
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24in
13 in33 in
Jun - Aug
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$265
LOWEST
$85$454
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25in
WETTEST
13 in33 in
Sep - Nov
Avg. price/night
$312
$85$454
Avg. temperature
-
Avg. precipitation
19in
13 in33 in
Price trend information excludes taxes and fees and is based on base rates for a nightly stay for 2 adults found in the last 7 days on our site and averaged for commonly viewed hotels in South Island. Select dates and complete search for nightly totals inclusive of taxes and fees.

Hotels near the sights

  • Milford Sound
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  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions.
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  • Lake Tekapo
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  • Christchurch Tramway
    Hop on board one of our heritage trams for an entertaining and informative tour of the inner city! Use the trams to explore must-see attractions including Riverside Market, the Botanic Gardens, the Bridge of Remembrance and New Regent Street. Your ticket is valid for one day and allows you to jump on and off the trams as you please at the various stops around the route, and the drivers offer an informative live commentary about the city and sights.
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  • Kiwi Park
    Embark on an extraordinary journey through the magnificent Kiwi Park, a 5-acre oasis in the bustling heart of Queenstown. A family-owned and operated wildlife centre in the heart of Queenstown, dedicated to saving our endangered wildlife species. We have over 20 species of native wildlife, including New Zealand’s national icon, the Kiwi and our living fossil, the Tuatara. The Kiwi Park is set in beautifully landscaped native bush and is the perfect place for a relaxed break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Queenstown. Kiwi Encounters: 10am, 11am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 4:15pm & 5pm (Oct-April) 10am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3:45pm & 4:30pm (May-Sep) Important: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before Kiwi Encounter, subject to availability. Maximum occupancy for Kiwi Encounter 50 people. Kiwi House open at all times outside Kiwi Encounters for viewing. Conservation Show: 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm (Oct-April ) 11.30am & 3pm (May-Sep)
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  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves - an underground network of limestone caves lit by hundreds of glowworms. In the darkness they produce a glittering display. Carved out by the force of the river, the underground world is surprisingly beautiful with whirlpools and roaring waterfalls. Begin with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau and then our nature guides will take you in groups through the caves and then in a small boat into the grotto.
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  • Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
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  • Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
    Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s first great city. Its fourteen themed galleries feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals.Captivating exhibitions are complemented by an on site shop and café. A well-equipped research centre and archive is available for those interested in genealogy and other aspects of local history.
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  • Christchurch Gondola
    Visit the Christchurch Gondola for truly spectacular scenery. With breath-taking panoramic views of Christchurch, Lyttelton and beyond, the Gondola’s summit station also offers walking tracks, Christchurch Discovery Ride detailing the area’s history, a licensed café and a gift store. Only 15 minutes’ drive from central Christchurch and with Qualmark Gold accreditation, the Christchurch Gondola experience is a fantastic way to view the city from a different perspective.
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Frequently Asked Questions about South Island hotels

Hotel Montreal, The Mayfair, and The George Christchurch are some of the most popular hotels for travelers looking to stay near Christchurch Botanic Gardens. See the full list: Hotels near Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

The Sails Nelson, Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, and Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde are all popular resorts for travelers staying in South Island. See the full list: South Island Resorts.

Popular luxury hotels in South Island include Split Apple Retreat, Pihopa Retreat, and Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel. See the full list: South Island Luxury Hotels.

Popular hotels close to Christchurch Intl Airport include Airport Palms Motel, Commodore Airport Hotel Christchurch, and Airport Christchurch Luxury Motel & Apartments. See the full list: Hotels near Christchurch Intl Airport.

A few of the most popular hotels near Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa are Settlers Boutique Motel, The St James, and Village Lake Apartments. See the full list: Hotels near Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in South Island are Hotel Montreal, Centre Court Motel, and Aden Motel. See the full list: Pet Friendly Hotels in South Island.

Popular cheap hotels in South Island include Merivale Manor, Bay Vista Waterfront Motel, and Aurora on George. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in South Island.

Split Apple Retreat, Pihopa Retreat, and Rosewood Matakauri have a spa and received excellent reviews from travelers in South Island. See the full list: South Island Spa Resorts.

Settlers Boutique Motel, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, and The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura all received great reviews from families traveling in South Island. See the full list: South Island Family Hotels.

Popular hotels by the beach in South Island include Split Apple Retreat, The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura, and Adrift in Golden Bay. See the full list: South Island Beach Hotels.

Abel Tasman Lodge, Palazzo Motor Lodge, and Settlers Boutique Motel received great reviews from travelers looking for a romantic hotel in South Island. See the full list: Romantic Hotels in South Island.

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