Discover a selection of 3,500 vacation rentals in South Island, NZ that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including kitchens and WiFi. Prices start at $75 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in South Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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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.

How many vacation rentals are available around South Island, NZ?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 3,517 vacation rentals around South Island. From 2,295 house rentals to 517 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in South Island?

What a view! That's what you'll be exclaiming when you travel out to the hills and treat yourself to a fantastic high-altitude getaway. Vrbo has 656 mountain rentals available. Want to give something else a go? See if any of our other properties tick your boxes. Our options for this destination include:

  • 316 rural vacation rentals.
  • 274 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 247 lake-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in South Island?

If you're searching for a home away from home for your upcoming trip, renting a house is a fantastic idea. You and your crew will have plenty of space for all manner of getaway activities. There are 2,600 houses currently available on Vrbo. Prices start at $35 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after property options, like:

  • Apartment: 687 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.
  • Cottage: 297 vacation homes. Prices start from $47 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 292 vacation homes. Prices start from $27 per night.

Can I stay in South Island in a large group?

The recipe for a perfect trip is unwinding with close friends and family in a fantastic new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, Vrbo has options for you. 765 house vacation homes are listed. Presently, they're the top choice here for sizeable groups. If you're traveling in a larger group, the rental options that will serve you well include:

  • On the hunt for vacation homes that can hold 6 guests? We have 1,276 that will be suitable. Prices begin from just $47 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be thrilled to learn that there are 704 vacation homes suitable. You can get one for as little as $50 a night.
  • Hunting down vacation rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be thrilled to discover we have 467 that'll be perfect. You can book one for as little as $70 per night.

You and your crew will be in good hands when you book your South Island travels through us!

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