Southland, Family Accommodation

  • Ascot Park Hotel - Invercargill

    Ascot Park Hotel offer one bedroom hotel apartments with kitchenette and motel units, both comfortable stays for families. Our facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa, gardens to roam, child-minding service, restaurant on-site.

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  • Tower Lodge Motel - Invercargill

    Our Qualmark 4+star rated motel is situated in Invercargill on the South Island's Southern Scenic Route. Our accommodation includes 17 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom family units, all serviced daily and most with kitchens, microwaves and even electric blankets. We also have guest laundry, children's playground on-site and kids' DVDs available. Located close to the golf course, sports stadium, swimming pool, velodrome and Queens Park across the road. Wireless internet. Book online.

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  • Admiral Court Motel & Apartments

    This centrally located modern, warm, spacious, ground floor 15 unit accommodation complex with 5 Deluxe Units completed in 2011 is the place to stay. The mix of accommodation options which are all serviced daily ensure that we will have a room to suit your requirements. Each is equipped with all the facilities needed to ensure a relaxing stay, including kitchens, microwaves, fridges, electric heating, electric blankets, ensuites with shower, Sky TV and FAST FREE wireless internet.

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  • Oreti River House - Lumsden

    The classic 1940's villa has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can sleep up to 5 quests. It is surrounded by high hedges, landscaped gardens and wide lawns. The house is a quiet haven for friends or families who seek to enjoy a holiday in New Zealand while staying at modern and very comfortable accommodation. It has been completely renovated to a very high standard and offers old charm with modern facilities. It has a fully equipped granite kitchen, new bathrooms and high quality furniture, beds and fittings. The lounge has a pebble gas fire, heat pump, Sky TV, DVD and complimentary internet.

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  • Kaka Retreat - Stewart Island

    Kaka Retreat is nestled into a bushlike setting only 3-4 minutes walk from the Halfmoon Bay township, ferry & flight terminals, shops, activities and main attractions. Our studio units are recently renovated units with top of the line décor, and modern conveniences, deluxe comfort queen size bed/s, tiled ensuite' bathroom and kitchenette equipped with a whirlpool convection microwave, personal fridge, and tea/coffee making facilities. They also have their own covered veranda area, flat screen TV and our cosy rooms are centrally heated and beds are fitted with electric blankets and wool duvet bedding.

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  • Catlins Kiwi Holiday Park at Cathedral Caves

    Locate yourself in the heart of the Catlins Coastal Conservation Park, you will be next to the Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls and Lake Wilkie plus 7 other iconic attractions. We cater to all budgets and tastes, with self-contained chalets, motel ensuites studios, Kiwiana cabins, dorm room, plus tent & RV sites. No need to bring food or cook! Dine in style, at our very own, on-site restaurant, cafe, & bar with the a local twist, featuring craft beer on tap, at the popular "Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar". Well behaved pets are welcome.

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  • Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

    Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park: eco friendly, off the beaten track, Kiwi owned and operated -award winning seaside camp for nature lovers. Blessed with beautiful sea views, inspiring scenery, quiet & peaceful environment on the Catlins Coast at magical Surat Bay - home to the critically endangered NZ sea lions. Magical beach sunsets / sunrises, sea birds and native birds all in their natural environment. The camp provides beach access to Surat Bay where an excellent beach walk links to Cannibal Bay, or explore our Newhaven rain-forest walk.

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  • Kelvin Hotel - Invercargill

    Positioned in the heart of Invercargill, just a short walk to major attractions, the Kelvin Hotel caters for families with rooms sleeping up to 3 or book adjacent rooms for larger families. Magnificent hotel facilities await all guests from the billiards room to cocktail bar, banquet facilities and exceptional room service.
    Kelvin Hotel is a 3 plus star accommodation complex offering guests complete privacy and high quality service. The fresh, light rooms are tastefully decorated in soft comfortable colours with all the desired modern facilities.

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  • Monarch Motel - Invercargill

    We can provide you with a range of delightful, warm, affordable accommodation in a peaceful setting. Our attitude is to offer our guests a quality service complete with the renowned southern hospitality. Our units are studio, 1 and 2 bedroom, and are set in spacious grounds, complete with swing set. We’re in a quite location but just a a few minutes walk from playground and local amenities. Other on-site facilities include sauna/spa, wireless internet, SKY TV, laundry and bike storage. Cooked or continental breakfast can be provided and we have charge-back arrangement for several local restaurants.

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  • Heartland Hotel Croydon - Gore

    Heartland Hotel Croydon stands among 13 acres of park-like surrounds on the edge of Gore, Southland's second largest town. Enjoy the serenity of a true Southland escape as you look out upon the green surrounds towards the Hokonui Hills that dominate the skyline. Just two hours' drive from both Dunedin and Queenstown, and under an hour from Invercargill, Gore is in the heart of the south.

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  • Queens Park Motels - Invercargill

    Quiet, spacious motel, located right next door to Queens Park Gardens – home to a range of sporting, cultural and children’s activities. Our roomy apartments include studios, 1 and 2 bedroom units. Family apartments have full kitchens, although we also offer cooked or continental breakfast. Children’s cots and highchair are available and other services include free laundry, internet and SKY TV. Sandpit and children’s playhouse on-site, plus walking distance to gardens and playground.

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  • Thomas's Catlins Lodge & Holiday Park

    A lovely sheltered lodge and camp ground, situated in Owaka. The small township has a supermarket, local tavern and cafes. We are located 4.5km from Surat Bay, where you can view seals. Pounawea and Jacks Bay are also just a short drive away. Nugget Point and Kaka Point are a 20 minute drive. The lodge is in a large 100 year old converted hospital, and has a large guest kitchen and separate dining room. There is a large games room with free darts, pool and piano. We also have WIFI (small cost) plus two sunrooms and a TV room. We offer free DVD hire. There is lots of outdoor space, BBQ facilities and even a fish pond!

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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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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 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.


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.


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 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!


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.