Destination guide

The glacial setting of South Island is ready to explore

The glaciers, lake and gardens are a perfect backdrop to your vacation 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 vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

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 vacation 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 center:

  • 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 features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in South Island

Travelers 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 vacation in South Island. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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

Transportation to and around South Island

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

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

Can I find a vacation rental around South Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,189 vacation rentals near South Island. From 2,091 Houses to 287 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Queenstown: 680 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka: 424 vacation rentals
  • Christchurch City: 318 vacation rentals
  • Dunedin: 120 vacation rentals
  • Te Anau: 52 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Island:

  • Queenstown: 680 rentals
  • Wanaka: 424 rentals
  • Christchurch City: 318 rentals
  • Dunedin: 120 rentals
  • Te Anau: 52 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Island are:

  • Wellington International Airport (WLG): 172 vacation rentals
  • Greymouth (GMN): 41 vacation rentals
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN): 699 vacation rentals

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in South Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ohau Point Lookout: 55 rentals
  • Mitchells Gully Gold Mine: 39 rentals
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve: 86 rentals
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 112 rentals
  • Queenstown Mall: 691 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.

Explore destinations around South Island

Queenstown
680 vacation rentals
Wanaka
424 vacation rentals
Christchurch City
318 vacation rentals
Dunedin
120 vacation rentals
Te Anau
52 vacation rentals
Nelson
278 vacation rentals
Wellington City
169 vacation rentals
Hanmer Springs
58 vacation rentals
Twizel
72 vacation rentals
Kaikoura
53 vacation rentals
Blenheim
42 vacation rentals
Akaroa
100 vacation rentals
Arrowtown
469 vacation rentals
Marlborough
470 vacation rentals
Kaiteriteri
98 vacation rentals
Hokitika
28 vacation rentals
Picton
96 vacation rentals
Ngakuta Bay
91 vacation rentals
Glenorchy
19 vacation rentals
Methven
21 vacation rentals