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Check out the hotels on our All-Gay Adventure to New Zealand’s south island.

Despite being one of the smallest nations we visit, New Zealand has so much to offer that we created back-to-back trips that focus on the North and South islands. This post dives into the accommodations on our Active South Island Expedition, including a night aboard a boat.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel, Christchurch

Located in the heart of Christchurch

When it comes to first impressions, Distinction Christchurch Hotel does not mess around. That’s why we’ve chosen this charming caravansary to welcome you to your South Island adventure. Settle in to the familiar warmth of this newly-renovated property or freshen up and pop out to see the sights – after all, it’s summer and the botanical garden is only steps away!

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A superior room. Oh sweet serenity!
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The immaculately designed bathroom will have you freshened up in no time.
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A perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening nightcap.
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Located tram-adjacent. Hop on and explore the city!

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Tekapo

Crisp, modern rooms in a rustic lakeside setting

In the heart of Mackenzie Country, Peppers Bluewater Resort immerses you in ruggedly beautiful landscapes. It’s the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region. Great views, great food, and great service all add up to a 4.5-star experience.

Edgewater Hotel, Lake Wanaka

Spacious lakeside rooms feel like home

Lake Wanaka provides us an opportunity to catch our breath mid-journey. Our guide will have a day off, and we are free to wallow in the property’s amenities. Along with pools and a sauna, you can partake in tennis, rent a mountain bike, or hit up the 9-hole putting green.

Kinross Winery, Gibbston Valley

New Zealand hospitality at its best

You’ve made it halfway through your active trip and it’s time to rest – what quainter place than a private cottage on a winery? Even better, you’re in the famed Otago region, known worldwide for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rieslings. After you’ve settled in to your vineyard-view abode, head to the tasting room to sample selections from Kinross Winery as well as their local partners, Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Valli and Wild Irishman. Feel free to let loose; your cottage is only stumbling distance away!

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Your private cottage awaits! Check out those hardwood floors.
The vineyard is only a few steps from your door.
This tranquil backdrop pairs well with a wine tasting.
Connect with the natural surroundings of this enchanting escape.

The Milford Mariner, Milford Sound

Enjoy a night on the ultimate waterbed

The best way to immerse yourself in the spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and wildlife of Milford Sound is by boat. That’s why we’ve arranged a night at the Milford Mariner. Enjoy private rooms, dinner and breakfast prepared by an onboard chef. You may even spot wildlife like seals, penguins, and dolphins.

Ramada Central, Queenstown

Rest easy at the chain’s flagship New Zealand property

In the heart of Queenstown, the Ramada overlooks Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range, and much of the Central Otago landscape. The boutique property is the perfect place to wind up our wild and active trip through one of the world’s most unique island nations.

Let us know if we’ve piqued your interest in checking out our Active South Island Expedition or New Zealand’s North Island Cultural Adventure. If you’re aching to visit Australia, you can also pair this tour with our Summer Down Under trip featuring Sydney Mardi Gras.

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