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Hotels in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that is small and sparsely populated, but it is one that is full of splendor and natural wonders. It is also a country immortalized in films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and smaller films such as Murder in Greenwich in which the New Zealand seaside was transformed recently for the film to the richest town in the USA in the seventies. The film industry is increasingly enchanted with this country that consists of two islands, as are visitors from around the world.

Some of the amazing things that you can do here: walk along the slopes of inactive volcanoes, observe some of the oldest trees on earth within the kauri forests, commune with sea life in all kinds of ways including swimming with dolphins and observing wild whales, be an eye witness to gliding glaciers, and hike through pristine rainforests.

Those who come to New Zealand seeking grand adventures on the daredevil variety can indulge in rock and mountain climbing, bungee jumping, cave rafting, white water rafting, skiing down glaciers, and skydiving. The freshest air imaginable and immaculate sights make the perfect backdrop for any sort of adventure.

The two islands that New Zealand consists of are distinctly different. The North Island is home to Desert Road south from Taupo, the best beaches in the country, the remains of native forest in Coromandel, the Tongariro National Park's landscapes, Taranaki, and Rotorua. The South Island is more slow-paced and houses the snow-tipped Southern Alps.

New Zealand is an unforgettable place to visit, and none are left unchanged by the gorgeous nature of the land.

HOTELS

Crowne Plaza
128 Albert St.,
Auckland, New Zealan
Phone: 09/302-1111
Fax: 09/302-3111

This is a hotel within the landmark whose accommodations begin on the sixteenth floor, but the best place to stay is on the twenty-eighth floor where there are suites with fantastic views with only a slight mark-up in price. The service is courteous and professional, and visitors are left with a very favorable experience of their stay in New Zealand here. There are 252 rooms. Some of the luxuries include a fitness center and a restaurant. They accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

Auckland Central Backpackers
229 Queen St.,
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: 09/358-4877
Fax: 09/358-4872

This is the best-known budget hotel in New Zealand; it's a hostel that has the best prices as well as the best equipment in the area. Some of the advantages include air conditioning, security, a lounge, and an internet cafe. Rooms range from a six-bed bunk room to family rooms with their own private bath. There are 71 rooms, but only 23 with private bath. Other luxuries include a restaurant, laundry facilities, and travel services. They accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover

Old Convent
Mt. Fyffe Road
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone: 03/319-6603

This is a memorable bed and breakfast that was formerly a convent and school (thus how it got its name). Many of the original features have been maintained, and they make your stay here a truly unique experience. The old chapel is even a sitting room with books, games, and magazines for your entertainment. Staying here is also met with very kind service; the staff are often noted for being friendly to the point of keeping in touch with guests.

Stamford Plaza
Albert St. and Swanson St.,
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: 09/309-8888
Fax: 09/379-6445

This hotel is in the middle of the city, and is always considered far above the middle ground in service and luxury! They have rooms that are spacious and comfortable, decorated in art deco style. The rooms that are highest in the building afford the most breathtaking views, as do those along the harbor. Roof access comes with the room, and it has views over Auckland's lovely harbor. Some luxuries of the hotel include two restaurants, in-room safes, minibars, a pool, and in-room date ports. There are 332 rooms. They accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

Aquarius Motor Inn
447 Maunganui Road,
Maunganui, Tauranga
Phone: 64/0-7-572

This is a modern motel, with a choice in accommodations that range from studio to two-bedroom units. Some of the luxuries include a swimming pool and two spa pools, as well as home-cooked meals. It is close to vineyards of the wine makers Mills Reef and Morton Estate. They accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

The Point
444 Tuapiro Road, RD1
Tuapiro Point, Katikati
Phone: 64/(0)-7-549-3604

This is a great place to stay, a luxury lodge with lush surroundings. Some of the luxuries include breakfasts, courtyard meals, and formal dining. You can also go swimming and boating; the surf is only minutes away. It is a favorite for tourist indulgences and honeymoons. They accept Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

Ascot Parnell
36 St. Stephens Ave.,
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: 09/309-9012
Fax: 09/309-3729

Known for its excellent service and staff who will go out of their way to meet your needs, these bed and breakfast accommodations are tops in ratings. This is a large guest house with comfortable rooms. It offers a reasonable price as well. There is one room with an attached sunroom that is worth asking for if you are planning well in advance. Its locale on a well-traveled street offers the convenience of nearby stores and activities of the Parnell Village. Smokers shouldn't stay here as it is not allowed. A full breakfast is included with the room. They have nine rooms, and accept Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

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