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Holidays to South Island with If Only

From wildlife to wineries, from glacial valleys to star-filled skies, nature’s best flourishes against a palette of dramatic scenes in New Zealand’s South Island. Towering alps meet peaceful fjords and rugged coastlines merge with sweeping plains. Discover these beautiful landscapes on foot, boat, kayak or bicycle, or enjoy a bird’s eye view from a helicopter.

 

We currently feature 27 luxury hotels and villas in South Island

 
Distinction Christchurch

Distinction Christchurch

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

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A suave city centre hotel with all the mod-cons and an enviable location just steps from many of Christchurch's attractions.

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Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

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Overlooking Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space, this hotel is in the perfect location to experience all that New Zealand’s Garden City has to offer.

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The George Christchurch

The George Christchurch

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

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Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon, you will find a peaceful retreat just steps from Christchurch's key attractions.

18 night stay

From £7,459 per person

Camp Estate

Camp Estate

Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

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A luxurious country house abode close to Larnach Castle and its grounds offering elegant accommdation and personalised service.

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Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

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This 1937 former Chief Post Office building has been transformed into an elegant, luxury hotel, perfectly located in the vibrant Warehouse Precinct.

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Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel

Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

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A modern, boutique style hotel set in the shadow of the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps and the magnificent Fox Glacier.

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Franz Alpine Retreat

Franz Alpine Retreat

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

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Nestled in the heart of Glacier Country amongst the world famous Southern Alps, the hotel offers modern and spacious accommodation with cooking facilities just a short drive from Franz Josef town.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

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Right in the heart of Franz Josef village, this is the perfect staging post for one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions – Franz Joseph Glacier.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat offers guests the ultimate combination of a luxury escape with an environmentally sustainable focus.

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Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

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Located on a deer breeding farm at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, all rooms at this beautiful country lodge have breath-taking views of the snow-capped mountains.

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Highlights

Venture to the South Island and discover lofty mountains, fiords and glaciers – landscapes that are famous all over the world.

Queenstown - perfect for adventure-lovers

Sitting on the shore of the turquoise Lake Wakatipu, among dramatic alpine ranges, visitors to Queenstown are captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers. The town is a mecca for anyone with an adventure bucket list – bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are available all year round, as well as skiing in the winter.

Queenstown - perfect for adventure-lovers
Beautiful Fiordland

Beautiful Fiordland

Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years, the landscape is one where waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords, where ancient rainforest untouched by man clings to mountains and where shimmering lakes and granite peaks look as they did thousands of years ago. Milford Sound was described as Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World – enjoy a scenic flight or boat trip through the region to find out why.

Kayaking, hiking and stunning scenery

Perched at the top of the South Island, Nelson’s diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. One of the highlights, Abel Tasman National Park is a paradise of white-sand beaches. Home to native seals, dolphins and sea birds, it’s the perfect place for a kayaking trip, although hiking tracks run parallel with the coast and climb above cliffs to reveal beautiful panoramic views.

Kayaking, hiking and stunning scenery

Experiences in South Island

Climate

Average sun hours per day
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
Average daily temp (c)
  January
7
40
18
  February
6
40
17
  March
5
50
16
  April
5
40
13
  May
4
50
9
  June
4
30
7
  July
5
20
6
  August
5
50
8
  September
6
30
10
  October
6
50
12
  November
7
20
15
  December
7
40
17