South Island, New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand

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Where to stay around South Island?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,176 holiday lettings near South Island. From 2,203 houses to 405 apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near South Island is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in South Island. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hot Tubs Omarama: 73 holiday homes
  • Queenstown: 651 holiday homes
  • Wellington: 275 holiday homes
  • Christchurch City: 342 holiday homes
  • North Island: 8,688 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in South Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in South Island with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Queenstown: 651 holiday lettings
  • Wellington: 275 holiday lettings
  • Christchurch City: 342 holiday lettings
  • Wanaka: 560 holiday lettings
  • Nelson City: 386 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to South Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in South Island are:

  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE): 132 self catering accommodations
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC): 251 self catering accommodations
  • Greymouth (GMN): 34 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in South Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in South Island. From HomeAway travellers, the top 5 popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hot Tubs Omarama: 73 holiday rentals
  • Forrester Gallery: 49 holiday rentals
  • Paparoa National Park: 26 holiday rentals
  • Lakes District Museum: 670 holiday rentals
  • Sumner Beach: 264 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Make a holiday rental home or rental property in New Zealand’s South Island your home away from home

New Zealand’s South Island attractions are endless. South Island is impossibly beautiful, with the Southern Alps running from tip to tale, separating the two coastal plains on the east and west of the island. The rugged, timeless landscapes are blessed with beautiful sunshine during the summer, when the secluded beaches are of huge appeal, and blanketed in thick snow during the winter, when visitors flock from around the world to enjoy the excellent skiing in New Zealand’s South Island.

Things to do in New Zealand South Island

The wonderfully friendly inhabitants of South Island and the impossibly beautiful, unspoilt countryside mean that New Zealand South Islands’ attractions are mainly focused on outdoor activities and the amazing wealth of nature that thrives here. Cycle tours along the fantastically quiet roads are absolutely sensational, and as long as you avoid cycling through the Southern Alps, the roads are wonderfully flat, as well as quiet and awe-inspiringly beautiful.

There are very few activities you cannot try from a New Zealand South Island property, with adventure sports absolutely thriving, especially in the south of South Island. Walking, cycling, mountain biking, bungee jumping, sky diving, mountain climbing, fly fishing, white water rafting and paragliding all thrive in the South Island, and you can enjoy some completely unique sports including golf cross, a mix of golf and rugby(!), and black water rafting.

However, if you would prefer a more relaxed tour from a New Zealand South Island property, the wineries and vineyards in the north of the island, around Marlborough Sound, are absolutely fantastic. Venturing further south, the mind-blowing landscapes of the Fjordland and Milford Sound will remain with you forever.

Skiing in New Zealand South Island is hugely popular. You can enjoy wonderfully scenic cross-country skiing in New Zealand South Island almost anywhere during the winter months, but for downhill skiing, the resorts around Queenstown and Wanaka are particularly good, with some fearsome pistes, as well as endless backcountry to explore with a local guide.

Places to visit in New Zealand South Island

There are far too many places on New Zealand’s South Island to mention, especially if you are looking for an impossibly picturesque getaway, far from anywhere. The adrenaline capital of New Zealand, and possibly the world, Queenstown, is a magnificent place to visit if you would like to enjoy hair-raising adventure, from bungee jumping to sky diving, caving to jet boating.

Half way down the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island is the largest city, Christchurch, known as the Garden City. The city is a hive of activity all year round, always lively, and with a calendar full of festivals, theatrical performances and international exhibitions.

Weather in New Zealand South Island

Due to the amazing geology of South Island, the climate is very varied. However, in general, South Island enjoys a temperate climate, with blissfully warm summers (December, January and February) and very cold winters (June, July and August). During the summer months, you can expect to bask in temperatures of more than 25°C during the heat of the day from a New Zealand South Island property, whilst winter temperatures can dip below freezing, which makes snow conditions and skiing in New Zealand South Island fantastically reliable.

Travel to New Zealand South Island

New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is located half way down the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, and receives flights from many airports throughout the world. Because a flight from the UK direct to Christchurch would take around 24 hours, there are no direct flights, meaning passengers must take a stop over in Los Angeles (LAX), Singapore (SIN) or Kuala Lumpur (KUL). There are a great range of airlines flying to New Zealand South Island, so finding a suitable flight should be easy.

Attractions in and around South Island

First time in South Island and looking for places to see? Local attractions include Tekapo Springs, Hot Tubs Omarama and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Don't miss landmarks such as Riccarton House and Larnach Castle, and unique cultural highlights such as International Antarctic Centre and Canterbury Museum. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at New Brighton Beach and St. Clair Beach or experience the natural beauty of Milford Sound and Taieri Gorge. Winter enthusiasts will find Coronet Peak Ski Area in the city. Fun activities in the city include Lyttelton Harbour, Speight's Brewery and South Westland Salmon Farm. While in town, you may want to visit popular attractions such as Penguin Place, Dunedin Botanic Garden or Otago Museum. Other popular places to visit in town include Olveston, St. Paul's Cathedral and Cadbury World.