Holidays in South Island

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Top South Island Flight & Hotel Packages

Novotel Wellington
Fable Christchurch
Fable Dunedin
Willis Wellington Hotel
Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Where to stay in South Island

Find the best South Island areas and neighborhoods for the activities you enjoy most. Learn more about South Island

Top hotels in South Island

Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
4.4/5 Excellent! (418 reviews)
"Really enjoyed staying in a studio apartment here for my 5 day trip to QTown. Perfect room for a stay that long - having a washer and dryer makes things easier! Loved the bar and restaurant downstairs - great atmosphere and wonderful pizza. The hotel and restaurant staff were all really lovely. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Ramada Queenstown Central
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4 out of 5
Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Awesome location"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
Fully refundable
4.4/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Liked the central and the iew"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in South Island

South Island

World-famous landscapes shape the face of this dramatic island that is filled with fjords, mountains, glaciers, wineries and wildlife.

Discover some of the most fascinating and diverse landscapes you are ever likely to encounter in New Zealand’s South Island. Its sprawling national parks act as outdoor playgrounds for the adventurous, while its buzzing cities and friendly locals welcome visitors with open arms. 

Uncover the South Island’s most dramatic scenery in Fiordland National Park. Take a cruise through Milford Sound or tackle one of the country’s great walks: the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn tracks.

Head to the home of adventure sports, Queenstown, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Here you can do everything from bungee jumping and skydiving to jet boating and river rafting.

Soak up the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, a university city with a vibrant nightlife scene. From here, it is just a short drive to the Otago Peninsula, where one of the world’s rarest penguin colonies make their home.

Relax in Tekapo Springs Hot Pools which overlooks the majestic Lake Tekapo and features a huge inflatable waterslide. Ride the scenic TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s largest cities. Sip the local pinot noir wines produced in vineyards of the Central Otago region and the sauvignon blancs produced in lush Marlborough.

Go kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, whose sheltered bays are home to dolphins and seals. Hike through Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and marvel at the top of New Zealand's highest peak, all while watching out for mischievous mountain parrots.

Aside from its stunning sights on the ground, the South Island is also one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Low light pollution and numerous observatories show off constellations spectacularly, with a large swath of the island officially recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Fly directly into Christchurch Airport or catch a connecting flight from Auckland. Rent a car or ride the efficient public buses to explore the island to its fullest. Visit during fall or spring for the best all-round weather and fewer crowds.

The South Island is rugged and beautiful, a place to fulfil once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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