Discover a selection of 3,500 holiday home rentals in South Island, NZ that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Stayz holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including fireplace and internet/WiFi. Prices start at AU$ 103 per night, and holiday houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in South Island. Either way, you'll find holiday accommodation for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

The glacial setting of South Island is ready to explore

The glaciers, lake and gardens are the perfect backdrop to your holiday home in South Island. This romantic city is known for its hiking, local tours and restaurants. For a bit of culture, visit International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum or Otago Museum. Many of our holiday rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in and around South Island

Do you want to discover things to do while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that South Island has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Tekapo Springs (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Roundhill Ski Area (18 mi / 28.9 km)
  • Fairlie Golf Course (24 mi / 38.6 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in South Island

Travellers enjoy South Island for its glaciers and lakeside setting. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in South Island. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lake Tekapo (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Lake Pukaki (11.3 mi / 18.2 km)
  • Tasman Lake (23 mi / 37 km)
  • McLean Park (23.7 mi / 38.2 km)
  • Lake Ruataniwha (25.1 mi / 40.3 km)
  • Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (29.9 mi / 48.1 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around South Island

Fly into Timaru (TIU-Richard Pearse), the closest airport, located 47.2 mi (76 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Rolleston Station, Christchurch Railway Station and Rangiora Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many holiday accommodation are available around South Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,447 holiday rentals around South Island. From 2,730 holiday houses to 317 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around South Island is on Stayz.

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 Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Queenstown: 805 holiday rentals
  • Wanaka: 437 holiday rentals
  • Christchurch: 307 holiday rentals
  • Te Anau: 72 holiday rentals
  • Dunedin: 101 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in South Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals 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 rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Queenstown: 805 holiday homes
  • Wanaka: 437 holiday homes
  • Christchurch: 307 holiday homes
  • Te Anau: 72 holiday homes
  • Dunedin: 101 holiday homes

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 holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in South Island are:

  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.): 315 holiday houses
  • Greymouth (GMN): 32 holiday houses
  • Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.): 823 holiday houses

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Island?

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

  • Lake Ohau: 115 holiday rentals
  • The Remarkables Ski Area: 856 holiday rentals
  • Queenstown Event Centre: 823 holiday rentals
  • New Zealand Film Archive: 145 holiday rentals
  • Gibbston Valley Winery: 872 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Island listed on Stayz 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 homes.

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