Houston

Travel Guide
Houston showing a garden

An icon of America's Deep South, the city of Houston combines modern theme parks and galleries with a rich local tradition to create a distinctive Texan flavour.

Born on the Buffalo Bayou in 1837, the city of Houston is named after the great Texan freedom fighter Sam Houston who led a courageous surprise attack to win independence from Mexico. This battle is commemorated at the battleground in San Jacinto, about 80 kilometres out of the city, by the towering San Jacinto Monument, a great place to learn about local history.

Climb to the top and you’ll get a breath-taking panorama across Galveston Bay towards the renowned Battleship Texas and the modern pyramids of Moody Gardens. The man-made golden beaches and theme parks of Kemah Boardwalk are near here too, perfect for an afternoon’s entertainment. If it’s hot, you can also take a short drive north of Downtown and cool off in the popular Splashtown water park.

Try out the local seafood, which is caught fresh daily in the Gulf and sold throughout the city and surrounding area. One taste of the intense, punchy flavours of Cajun Shrimp and you’ll be hooked for life!

Houston is a staple of modern science fiction and real-life space travel thanks to the world-famous Space Centre Houston, less than an hour’s drive from the city by car. You can’t help but get excited when visiting this incredible building, which has housed the dreams of a Nation for decades.

Back in the city centre, there is a wealth of things to do. Art buffs will be in heaven as Houston is a hub of modern and classical art. Visit the extraordinary Menil Collection or the immense Houston Museum of Fine Arts, housed across several buildings, to see many of the famous masterpieces from the last 100 years.

You may be surprised to find beautiful meadows and landscaped gardens right in the centre of the Metropolis, with numerous parks including the sporty Memorial Park, the theatres and flea markets of Discovery Green and the wilderness of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre. To get even closer to some of the wildlife, head to Hermann Park which houses Houston Zoo or take a trip to the Downtown Aquarium.

Hire a car during your stay to get the most out of the area. There is a metro within the city, but some of the attractions are a bit of a drive away.

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Where to stay in Houston

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$148 per night from 1 Jan. to 1 Jan.
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower, Discovery Green and Minute Maid Park. George R. Brown Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,122 reviews)
"Club Quarters is a business hotel. As my wife and I were leisure travelers, it might ordinarily prove beyond our price range. Yet, on this particular evening, we were looking for something in the center of the city. We got an affordable offer for a Monday night. The staff and the condition of the ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$173 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from Sam Houston Race Park and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from CityCentre. Minute Maid Park and ...
3.9/5 Good! (663 reviews)
"well located"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Hyatt Regency Houston West
Hyatt Regency Houston West
3.5 out of 5
13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$154 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Located in Memorial, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bear Creek Pioneers Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Memorial City Mall and Katy Mills Mall. Downtown ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,134 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Hyatt Regency Houston West
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HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$165 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park and Children's Museum of Houston. Karbach ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,776 reviews)
"For visiting our family in Houston, this was the perfect home away from home. It gave us a clean comfortable space to relax at the end of the day and to sleep. The cooked breakfast was good as was the coffee. We would be happy to return to this hotel on future visits."

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
3 out of 5
5190 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$184 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,755 reviews)
"The staff was excellent and Tony was the best. Awesome location! The hotel needs some updates but it didn’t affect my stay. Will stay here again if given the opportunity."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
3 out of 5
3414 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$203 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Situated in Houston, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and River Oaks District ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (202 reviews)
"I liked it had a full size refrigerator and microwave. The hotel was very clean. What I didn't like they didn't have a good breakfast selection and the area wasn't that great you have take uber or lyft everywhere you go and that is expensive. I did enjoy may stay"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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