South Canterbury, Accommodation

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  • YHA Mount Cook

    This spacious, alpine lodge style accommodation is right in the heart of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook National Park. We offer double or twin rooms, or 3, 4 or 6 bed private roo... read more

  • YHA Lake Tekapo

    Located right on the lakefront with unobstructed views of this amazing, glacier-fed lake and the mountains beyond. YHA Lake Tekapo’s large lounge area directly overlooks the lake a... read more

  • Terrace Downs Resort - Canterbury

    This luxurious family-friendly resort is under an hour from Christchurch airport and just 20 minutes to Mt Hutt ski field and nearby Methven ski village. Our superb, family-friendl... read more

  • Glentanner Park Centre, Mount Cook

    Glentanner Holiday Park is probably the most stunning setting for accommodation that you could imagine! It is situated close to the extraordinary turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki an... read more

  • Waitaki Waters Holiday Park

    Featured in Lonely Planet, our newly refurbished Holiday Park has won Trip Advisor's Award in Excellence 2016~2013 (4 years in a row), a 2015 Award from Booking.com as well as the National AA Award for Excellence in Holiday Parks 2012. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, the park is spacious and quiet and is a 5 minute walk from the ocean and one of the countries best fishing rivers. Cabins sleeping from 2 to 7 people, modern excellent facilities with free showers & free laundry. Free Wi-Fi in cabins, from $1 for campers. Prices begin from $13 per person. We are located 12 minutes north of Oamaru.

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  • The Doctor's Retreat

    Come and enjoy our two bedroom, cosy, boutique cottage. One double room with ensuite; one single room with two single beds and a separate bathroom. The cottage is fully self contained. It has a cosy log burner, electric heating and double glazing for those chilly but beautiful winter days. Skiing, hunting, fishing, biking, walking, spa/hot pools, tourism activities, kiwi great outdoors!

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  • Coronation Kiwi Holiday Park, Ashburton

    Your kids will love our large children's playground and fresh water swimming pool. With a range of accommodation types to suit your budget - from Standard Cabins to Kitchen Cabins to self contained chalets to family flats and 4 star apartments. Our holiday park is well set up with a modern kitchen/guest lounge and wireless broadband.

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  • Taylors Motel - Ashburton

    Taylors Motel is your Ashburton home away from home. Enjoy genuine superior service, in a comfortable, relaxed, friendly and welcoming place to stay. Choose from 12 very spacious units that are immaculately clean. Enjoy our beautiful garden setting with children's playground, relaxing BBQ area and pool. Taylors Motel is on the main street and is the closest motel to the Ashburton town centre. We are also very close to the hospital, local restaurants and only 2 minutes drive from the racecourse and showground.

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  • Peppers Bluewater - Lake Tekapo

    Peppers Bluewater Resort is a property that will tick all the boxes in making a memorable family getaway on the shores of stunning Lake Tekapo – starting with a great range of accommodation options from hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Then there is the endless offering of leisure pursuits, with the family venue of Tekapo Springs just a few minutes walk away (super child-friendly hot pools, outdoor ice skating and snow tubing) plus kayaking, fishing, ski field, mini-golf, star gazing, mountain biking, horse-riding and hiking to name a few. Lake Tekapo and the surrounding Mackenzie District including Mount Cook with Peppers Bluewater as your base offer a setting amongst such spectacular landscape that you will be drawn into it and just never want to leave. Grab the family and start planning today!

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  • Aoraki Court Motel

    Aoraki Court Motel provides luxury accommodation sleeping up to five per unit, within the Aoraki/Mt Cook Village at an unbelievably affordable price.
    Situated right in the middle of the Village it is spread over nearly 1 hectare of landscaped grounds. All units, including our two bedroom family rooms, have stunning views of Mt Sefton, The Footstool, Mt Wakefield and the surrounding mountains.

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  • Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Lodge

    16 Room family run lodge in the heart of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village. Each room is ensuite with king size beds & most with stunning mountain views including Mt Cook itself. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen with adjoining dining room, a spectacular lounge with fireplace and deck, guest laundry, wireless internet, activity centre, small grocery shop all with friendly, knowledgeable and personalized service.

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  • Timaru Holiday Park

    Perfect for your family’s stay in Timaru, we offer motels with 2 bedroom units, self-contained 1 bedroom units, plus cabins with kitchens and shared bathroom. Beds have bottom sheet with pillow and extra bedding is available for hire. Our spacious grounds include a children’s playground and BBQ facilities. With one free round on the golf course next door and heated swimming pool close by, it's the perfect resort for all the family.

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  • Kapati
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Invercargill
  • Stewart Island
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.