South Canterbury, Accommodation

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Abisko Lodge :: Methven

    Abisko Lodge is less than 1 minute walk to town centre with 13 comfortable motel style en-suite rooms and three-bedroom family apartments. Whether you have been skiing at Mt Hutt or playing in the summer sunshine, you are sure to enjoy your stay.

    For our lodge guests we have a small exchange library available and a quiet area to read. You may choose to play one of the variety of board and card games available or you may prefer to indulge yourself by just relaxing and unwinding in the on-site Jacuzzi spa pool or sauna.

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  • Pinewood Motel - Fairlie

    You are invited to stay at Fairlie's largest motel complex, only 300m from the village centre. With 10 spacious fully self contained studio and family units & one unit with full wheelchair facilities, your stay will be restful & enjoyable. Whether you're skiing, playing golf, fishing or making day trips to Mt Cook and the Mackenzie lakes, the Pinewood Motels make an ideal home base offering you affordable rates with excellent service. With reasonable tariffs, safe off-road parking, proximity to facilities and children’s playground, families with children of all ages are well catered for.

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  • Blue Pub :: Methven

    Welcome to the world famous Blue Pub in Methven, Mt Hutt Village - located right in the centre of town! With great value, family-friendly accommodation, and a bar and restaurant onsite, plus the super-handy location, this is the place to be for your family visit! Accommodation is backpacker style with shared bathrooms and lounge area. There is a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge.

    After a hard day tramping, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, skiing, snowboarding or any of the outdoor pursuits we have on offer; there is nothing better than settling down on the verandah enjoying a cold beer with some friends and reflecting on the day's adventure.

    Please be aware that often on weekend nights we host awesome live music in the Main Bar - if you are not planning on joining us and prefer to work on your shut eye, please make sure you check our online gig guide prior to booking as band music does carry upstairs...

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  • Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

    Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat 1 to 4 bedroom villas are set in a forest wilderness, right on the doorstep of Mt Cook World Heritage National Park and above you is the brilliance of the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Pukaki Observatory is located onsite for up close star gazing.  Set in 66 ha of pure privacy with forest walks, cycle tracks, yoga space, tennis court and ice skating (in winter) there is an abundance of onsite activity.
    Bookings are taken on an exclusive use basis and we can take up to 8 people. Rates include half board (breakfast and a 2 course evening meal).

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  • Lake Tekapo Village Motel

    Our quality accommodation in Lake Tekapo is situated in a central position in the village, close to local shops and restaurants. Rooms are modern, clean and most have excellent views over Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.
    Family suites sleeping up to six people.

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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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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.