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 WiFi and swimming pools. Prices start at $78 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.
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 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 3,553 vacation rentals around South Island. From 2,814 house rentals to 516 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Queenstown: 836 vacation rentals
  • Wanaka: 438 vacation rentals
  • Christchurch: 314 vacation rentals
  • Dunedin: 103 vacation rentals
  • Te Anau: 76 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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: 836 rentals
  • Wanaka: 438 rentals
  • Christchurch: 314 rentals
  • Dunedin: 103 rentals
  • Te Anau: 76 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 (WLG-Wellington Intl.): 147 vacation rentals
  • Greymouth (GMN): 35 vacation rentals
  • Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.): 856 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?

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

  • Ohau Point Lookout: 73 rentals
  • Mitchells Gully Gold Mine: 43 rentals
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve: 96 rentals
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 92 rentals
  • Queenstown Mall: 849 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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