South Canterbury, Family Accommodation

  • 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 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

  • Peppers Bluewater Resort - 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Geraldine Holiday Park - Geraldine

    4-star Kiwi Holiday Park in a tranquil park-like setting, only 2 minutes walk/200m to the centre of town. Accommodation ranges from tent and powered sites to cabins, self-contained units and park motels. We have a playground, BBQ and TV room.

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  • Mt Cook Lodge and Motels

    If you thought Mount Cook was out of your budget, think again! There's a friendly face at Mount Cook offering a great range of accommodation for today's budget conscious travellers. Whether you're into hiking, want to get out on the glaciers, soar across the Southern Alps or relax in the bar with a game of pool - we've got you covered. And all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay at one of New Zealand's most amazing destinations. Choose from 4 bed ensuited dorm rooms, ensuited double/twin rooms, private units or motels with kitchette and ensuite, all come with incredible views of the Southern Alps.

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  • The Hermitage Mount Cook

    The Hermitage is located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and offers a range of accommodation. From the hotel to Motel and Chalet self-contained units that are located only 200-800m away in the village.  With a range of facilities available, this is a great place for families to stay and where an adventure is waiting to happen!

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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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  • Mantra Lake Tekapo

    The Mantra Lake Tekapo offers spacious self-contained apartments, each offering three bedrooms with fully equipped kitchens, two and a half bathrooms including your own garage. Enjoy your private courtyard and facilities that include: BBQ area, swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor fireplaces and courtyard, child-minding (on request).

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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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  • Andorra Motel - Geraldine

    Andorra Motel is situated on 1 acre of grounds and offers 14 units ranging from studio, one or two bedrooms. Located only 500m to Geraldine town centre and with facilities that include a swimming pool, SKY TV, trampoline and swings, games room with pool table and BBQ area with outdoor tables, chairs and loungers. Cot and high chair available.

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  • Springlee Bed & Breakfast Country Stay

    Springlee B&B is nestled on Mid-Canterbury plains at the foot of Mt Somers. Our warm and sunny home on 1.2 hectares offers a comfortable country stay in a peaceful rural setting with fabulous mountain views. Relax and unwind, wander around the garden and see our friendly animals.

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  • Ski Time - Methven

    Only a 5 minute walk from the centre of town is Ski Time Lodge Methven, complete with its cosy atmosphere and onsite restaurant. Offering a range of accommodation from standard or deluxe lodge rooms to their two or three bedroom apartment (located right next door to the lodge).

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  • Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park - Timaru

    Perfect for your family’s stay in Timaru, we offer motels with two bedroom units, self-contained one 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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  • 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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  • Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge

    Offering 16 lodge rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. There are large windows to enjoy the spectacular scenery and our location is central and only a two minute walk from the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre featuring the 3D Aoraki/Mount Cook Traveller Movie and Planetarium and directly across the road from the Aoraki/Mount Cook Visitor Centre.

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  • Brinkley Resort - Methven

    Brinkley Resort is recognised as a popular family destination that is located only a two minute walk from the centre of town.  Offering 80 self-contained apartments that are perfect for the family getaway and facilities that include a floodlit tennis court, outdoor spa pools, onsite restaurant, children's playground and babysitting on request.

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  • Pinewood Motel - Fairlie

    With 10 spacious fully self-contained studio and family units & one unit with full wheelchair facilities, your stay will be restful & enjoyable. 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 childrens' playground, families with children of all ages are well catered for.

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  • Southern Cross Lodge - Methven

    Just one hours drive from Christchurch, we have 45 rooms, all with ensuites. Facilities at our lodge include a large lounge with pool table and cosy fire, separate dining room and swimming pool. We are an ideal choice for families. Breakfast available onsite, changes daily.

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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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  • Anchor Motel - Timaru

    Warm, homely accommodation offering two bedroom family units. Units are self-contained with SKY TV and pets are welcome by arrangement. We are close to local amenities such as the beach, swimming pool, tennis courts, town centre, restaurants and cafes and local art gallery. Guest laundry on-site.

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  • 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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  • Lake Tekapo Cottages

    Nestled in a large garden amidst mature trees Lake Tekapo Cottages and holiday homes offer spectacular mountain views and a central location. The cottages are all self-contained, and sleep up to 8 people and our holiday homes are well-appointed and comfortable and fully furnished. 

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • 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.