South Canterbury, Family Accommodation

  • 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. The lounge area overlooks the lake and is a comfortable and cosy ... 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 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 and twin rooms, or 3, 4 or 6 bed private ro... read more

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pinedale Lodge - Methven

    Located in the heart of Methven you will find Pinedale Lodge a relaxed and homely place for your family to stay. The Lodge is a gorgeous 5 bedroom villa (can be booked as 3, 4 or 5 bedroom accommodation) that enjoys two large living areas, long dining tables, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a sunken fire pit – sure to be a favourite with the adults but let's not forget the kids! There are family-friendly games, a pool table, DVDs and books, TV and a host of activities located only minutes from the front door like skiing and snowboarding, tramping, mountain biking, ice skating, curling, jet boating, fishing, sky diving and more. Pinedale also provide high chair free of charge. Check out our great family deals!

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  • Pinedale Apartment - Methven

    Located in the heart of Methven you will find the gorgeous, sunny Pinedale Apartment. WIth two bedrooms and a central location it's easy and ideal for families and with the five-bedroom Pinedale Lodge next door, this is just a perfect base for groups or families travelling together! A host of activities located only minutes from the front door include skiing and snowboarding, tramping, mountain biking, ice skating, curling, jet boating, fishing, sky diving and more. The Pinedale Apartment offers two bedrooms, a large sunny lounge, fully-equipped kitchen and its own fully-fenced garden. Pinedale also provide high chair free of charge. Check out our great family deals!

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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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  • 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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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.