Skip to content
Please select your location:

The New Zealand of your imagination, South Island ratchets up the scenic drama rapidly. It’s a mostly mountainous land where you can go from deep fiords to glaciers sandwiched between rainforest to cerulean lakes. The nexus of New Zealand’s adventure activities, our specialists think there’s much more to the South Island than adrenaline-seeking. Spending time here is also about experiencing its wilderness: winding mountain roads and yawning, unpeopled landscapes are par for the course when journeying around the South Island. Here, you can hike on trails that take you into areas of the country that have scarcely been touched by the hand of man.

We can arrange for you to experience the South Island’s scenery in numerous ways, including scenic flights over the glaciers and cruises in Doubtful Sound. And, although the South Island’s scenery gets top billing, there are other experiences in store here. At Kaikoura, you can observe whales, sea lions and dolphins, while farther south, at Dunedin and Stewart Island, albatrosses, penguins (and, with luck, the elusive kiwi) vie for your attention. There’s the mining history and winelands of the Central Otago region, while at Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo, you can experience first-rate stargazing.

Speak to someone
who's been there

Audley Travel specialist Rebecca

Start planning your tailor-made trip to South Island by contacting one of our New Zealand specialists

Places to visit in South Island

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting South Island, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring South Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of South Island

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around South Island

    Accommodation choices for South Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit South Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Arrowtown House, Arrowtown

      Arrowtown House

      First Class

      Arrowtown House B&B has beautifully furnished self-contained suites, complete with all facilities, and is Just a short stroll from the shops, art galleries and cafés of Arrowtown itself.

    • Mountain View Room, Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

      Wilderness Lodge

      First Class

      Set in the beautiful Arthur's Pass, Wilderness Lodge is an eco-friendly property offering spacious and comfortable accommodation, and the chance to learn about New Zealand's flora and fauna.

    • Skyscape Outdoor Bath



      The secluded situation of the property allows you to thoroughly escape the outside world and use the property to relax and recharge. The key features of skyscape are the wood-fired outdoor bath and the glass walls and ceiling that allow you to easily watch the night sky.

    • Looking into the lounge, Lakestone Lodge, Twizel

      Lakestone Lodge

      First Class

      An ecolodge with an intimate atmosphere and amiable hosts, Lakestone Lodge offers sweeping views, contemporary rooms, good food and a wide range of activities, as well as a tranquil location.

    • Bedrooms at Ranginui

      Ranginui B&B

      First Class

      This impeccably decorated B&B is located within walking distance to Tekapo and boasts lake and mountain views from all bedrooms and the guest lounge.

    • French Bay House

      French Bay House

      First Class

      French Bay house is a quaint 19th century house set on Rue Jolie, in the heart of Akaroa. Staying here will get a fantastic hosting experience along with superb local knowledge.

    • Catlins Farmstay B&B, Catlins

      Catlins Farmstay


      Located close to Curio Bay, Catlins Farmstay B&B is a small and characterful property, perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful Catlins area.

    • Standard Sea View Room at Punakaiki Resort

      Punakaiki Resort


      Overlooking the Tasman Sea and rugged west coast, the Punakaiki Resort consists of quality hotel rooms and eco apartment units.

    • Studio, Curio Bay Hotel, Catlins

      Curio Bay Hotel


      Curio Bay Hotel has a panoramic beachfront location from where you can step straight into the waves or watch the dolphins from your terrace.

    • Dunluce Bed and Breakfast, Te Anau

      Dunluce Bed and Breakfast

      First Class

      Dunluce is an intimate and friendly bed and breakfast, ideally located on lakeside land, just outside Te Anau. All of its rooms have en suite facilities and views of the lake.

    • Te Anau Lodge, Te Anau

      Te Anau Lodge


      The lodge is a short drive away from the town center and benefits for views out to Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Mountains in the distance.

    • Grounds at High Leys

      High Leys Lodge

      First Class

      With lake and mountain views from the property and its proximity to Fiordland National Park, High Leys is an ideal base for exploring the Te Anau and Fiordland region.

    • Glenfern Villas, Franz Josef Glacier

      Glenfern Villas


      Located just a couple of miles North of Franz Josef Village, the Glenfern Villas make a comfortable base from which to explore the local area's wonderful mountain scenery.

    • Westwood Lodge Lounge and Breakfast Nook

      Westwood Lodge

      First Class

      Just a short drive away from the heart of Franz Josef, this charming lodge offers a cozy alpine-style retreat, surrounded by wild scenery and a mountainous backdrop.

    • Wanaka Alpine Lodge

      Wanaka Alpine Lodge

      First Class

      A warm welcome, home baking, great views and spacious rooms make this modern B&B just outside Wanaka a comfortable and quiet base from which to explore the region.

    • View from Weka Cottage, Mahu Whenua

      Mahu Whenua


      A mountainous luxury property that offers a homey stay and has sweeping mountain views, fine food, and a range of activities.

    • Copper Beech Wanaka, Wanaka

      Copper Beech Wanaka

      First Class

      Located near the alpine town of Wanaka, this contemporary and comfortable B&B is named after the tree that adorns its sweeping front lawn.

    • Exterior View of Furneaux Lodge

      Furneaux Lodge


      Overlooking Endeavour Inlet, Furneaux Lodge enjoys a wonderfully tranquil setting, and is ideal for relaxation and as a base to explore the beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track.

    • Lakefront View of Blanket Bay Lodge

      Blanket Bay


      Blanket Bay Lodge is a haven of luxury and tranquility in a sublime setting. Each room, either in the main lodge or one of the two chalets, offers panoramic views of mountains, rivers and the lake.

    • Bay of Many Coves, Picton & The Marlborough Sounds

      Bay of Many Coves

      First Class

      Nestled into a quiet cove within the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, this is a unique property offering apartment-style accommodation in the heart of New Zealand's finest wine district.

    • Kahutara PurePod

      PurePod Kahutara


      Hidden in a pocket of private wilderness and made almost completely of glass, the Kahutata PurePod is the perfect antidote for those looking to disconnect from modern life and reconnect with nature.

    • The Anchor Inn Motel, Kaikoura

      The Anchor Inn Motel


      Enjoying a scenic position overlooking the ocean and situated close to all the facilities and activities in Kaikoura, Anchor Inn Motel is a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the region's epic natural landscapes.

    • Stewart Island Lodge, Stewart Island

      Stewart Island Lodge


      Located in Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island Lodge provides comfortable accommodation with en suite guest rooms and a communal lounge where guests can enjoy a continental breakfast.

    • Orari Bed and Breakfast, Christchurch

      Orari Bed and Breakfast


      The Orari offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation, and is ideally located in the heart of the cultural precinct of Christchurch.

    • Matuka Lodge, Twizel

      Matuka Lodge

      First Class

      With a superb location in the heart of the Mackenzie High Country, Matuka Lodge enjoys a tranquil, rural setting with spectacular mountain views and beautifully appointed rooms.

    • Lake Tekapo Lodge, Lake Tekapo

      Lake Tekapo Lodge

      First Class

      Lake Tekapo Lodge is a boutique property with stunning views over Lake Tekapo and the mountains. It is within easy reach of Tekapo township and the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, with a footpath linking the lodge to the main road.

    • Kinross Cottages in Autumn, Queenstown

      Kinross Cottages


      Fine wine, good food and stylish lodgings make Kinross Cottages an enviable place to relax and sample the wines of the central Otago region. Set on a vineyard with sweeping views, it makes a good base for exploring the area.

    • The Rees Apartment Hotel, Queenstown

      The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

      First Class

      Enjoying a delightful lakefront location on the approach to Queenstown, the Rees is an excellent value hotel with spacious rooms and apartments.

    • Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

      Novotel Queenstown Lakeside


      This modern hotel offers a comfortable stay in the heart of Queenstown, next to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the stunning Southern Alps.

    • Cambria House, Nelson

      Cambria House


      Cambria House is an elegant property and the perfect base to explore the local restaurants, art galleries and shops of Nelson city center.

    • Shoreline Villa at Te Koi Lodge

      Te Koi — The Lodge at Bronte


      Surrounded by award-winning wineries and only 45 minutes away from Abel Tasman National Park, Te Koi — The Lodge at Bronte offers luxury accommodation in a tranquil, natural setting.

    • Shelbourne Villa, Nelson

      Shelbourne Villa


      Shelbourne Villa Bed & Breakfast offers high quality accommodation and is only a short walk away from the restaurants and galleries of Nelson City.

    • Beaufort House, Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

      Beaufort House

      First Class

      Beaufort House provides seclusion and privacy whilst being close to local attractions, making it an ideal place to stay and experience Akaroa.

    • Edenhouse, Abel Tasman National Park



      A beautiful house and setting, Edenhouse sits in 48 acres of private grounds between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

      Awaroa Lodge

      First Class

      Awaroa Lodge is a small, comfortable boutique property ideally located to enjoy the peace, scenery, and the sheer beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • StoneFly Lodge,Abel Tasman National Park

      StoneFly Lodge


      Stonefly Lodge is situated on 56 hectares of private forest. This luxury lodge is ideally located between three spectacular national parks, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi, making it an ideal base to explore the region.

    • Aoraki Court Motel, Mount Cook Village

      Aoraki Court Motel


      Situated at the heart of Mount Cook Village, the Aoraki Court Motel offers modern comfort and fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Hazel House B&B, Dunedin

      Hazel house


      This delightful B&B is located about a five-minute drive from Dunedin city center, in a peaceful location, just a short walk or drive from a number of restaurants, cafés and shops. The building is a 1900s villa and has real character and warmth.

    • Camp Estate, Dunedin

      Camp Estate

      First Class

      Camp Estate offers five guest rooms and is located within Larnach Castle's grounds just 500 meters from the Castle gate.

    • Lakefront Lodge, Te Anau

      Lakefront Lodge


      Set among beautiful gardens, Lakefront Lodge is located close to Lake Te Anau waterfront and just a short stroll from the center of town.

    • Hilltop on High Street, Dunedin

      Hilltop on High Street


      This historic home was originally built in 1904, and now provides luxurious and elegant accommodation with superb panoramic views of the city and harbor.

    • Dock Bay Lodge, Te Anau

      Dock Bay Lodge

      First Class

      All of the suites at Dock Bay Lodge are beautifully furnished with private balconies, offering unobstructed views over Lake Te Anau and the National Park Mountains.

    • Holly Homestead, Franz Josef Glacier

      Holly Homestead


      Holly Homestead offers quality B&B accommodation with four guest rooms in the stunning Alpine setting of the glacier region.

    • Te Waonui Forest Retreat

      Te Waonui Forest Retreat

      First Class

      Ideally located for visiting the hot springs and glaciers, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is at the cutting edge of sustainable, comfortable accommodation.

    • Wanaka Haven

      Wanaka Haven

      First Class

      Wanaka Haven is a modern and luxurious property, located five minutes from Lake Wanaka, and ideally placed for exploration of this stunning area.

    • Lakeside Serviced Apartments, Wanaka

      Lakeside Serviced Apartments

      First Class

      Lakeside Service Apartments offers spacious and stylish apartments with uninterrupted vistas across the lake to the snow-capped mountains beyond.

    • Hapuku Lodge

      Hapuku Lodge


      Situated between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Hapuku Lodge enjoys a beautiful location. Its accommodation consists of four guest rooms and stunning tree houses, which will take your breath away.

    • The Hamptons, Kaikoura

      The Hamptons

      First Class

      The Hamptons is a boutique B&B set in a peaceful location a few steps from the sweeping beach, but still just a few minutes' walk from the center of Kaikoura.

    • The Peppertree, Blenheim & The Winelands

      The Peppertree

      First Class

      The Peppertree is a beautiful Edwardian villa offering five individually decorated suites, and its own boutique vineyard, which produces the hosts' own chardonnay.

    • Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim & The Winelands

      Marlborough Vintners Hotel


      The Marlborough Vintners Hotel and Vintners Room restaurant are located in the heart of the Blenheim winelands, and provide contemporary, self-contained accommodation and fine dining among the vines.

    • The Marlborough Lodge, Blenheim

      The Marlborough

      First Class

      The Marlborough is a lovely property with just five, spacious guest suites. Each has been beautifully crafted in native hardwoods and offers incredible views of the surrounding area.

    • Villas across the vines, Vintner's Retreat Villas, Blenheim & The Winelands

      Vintner's Retreat Villas

      First Class

      Set among fields of vines, Vintner's Retreat Villas offers high quality accommodation within a short distance of everything the wine regions and Marlborough Sounds have to offer.

    • 50 Bistro, The George, Christchurch

      The George

      First Class

      Picturesquely located near the lovely Hagley Park, the George is a spacious, boutique hotel, just a step away from all the key attractions.

    • Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch

      Otahuna Lodge


      The accommodation at Otahuna Lodge combines elegance and opulence as well as boasting all the amenities one would expect of a luxury lodge.

    • The Classic Villa, Christchurch

      The Classic Villa

      First Class

      Situated on a quiet pedestrian boulevard, The Classic Villa is an Italian-style historic home, which has been tastefully renovated and recreated as one of the finest boutique hotels in Christchurch.

    • King Room

      Queenstown House


      Overlooking Queenstown Bay, with spectacular lake and mountain views, Queenstown House offers charming B&B accommodation with a genuine commitment to providing New Zealand hospitality at its best.

    • View from the Tahi Room at Hidden Lodge

      Hidden Lodge

      First Class

      Hidden Lodge is elegant and luxurious and provides a unique experience by combining the sophistication of a small private hotel with the warmth of a large family home.

    • Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

      Matakauri Lodge


      Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri is luxury lodge offering fine dining, superb service and beautiful accommodation in a wonderful setting.

    • Villa, Azur Lodge, Queenstown

      Azur Lodge


      Azur Lodge enjoys a great location just outside Queenstown, truly maximizing its breathtaking lake views. The main lodge building is perched on the hillside, with every room facing out toward the lake and the mountains beyond.