Unrecognisable from its dusty origins in 1905 when it was a mere desert town, today, Las Vegas is a world-renowned entertainment capital full of glitzy hotels, bright lights and larger-than-life characters.

The city’s legendary themed hotels offer entertainment on a grand scale. Volcanoes erupt at the Mirage, there’s a taste of Ancient Rome at Caesars Palace, or feel as if you’ve been magically transported across the world as you head up the Eiffel Tower for a cocktail at the Paris Hotel, or view the Big Apple’s skyline at New York New York.

Each hotel is a whole world of entertainment in its own right, with the largest of them offering a huge choice of restaurants, in-house casinos and plenty of opportunities for a spot of retail therapy. When you need a break from all the excitement, make sure you schedule in time for some much-needed pool-side relaxation and spa pampering.

There’s a lot more going on right on your doorstep, with an action-packed programme of events. Despite being known to many as Sin City, there is more to Las Vegas than gambling and adult entertainment. For an adrenaline rush, head to Stratosphere Tower for a record-breaking free fall, or visit Mandalay Bay to marvel at the exotic sea life in the Shark Reef Aquarium. You can learn all about the city’s notorious gangster past at the Mob Museum, a fascinating interactive exhibition housed in a former federal courthouse.

Further afield, take a day out to visit the breath taking Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, only a few hours’ drive from the city.

Las Vegas also caters for all gourmet tastes, with a huge variety of high-end restaurants as well as the usual fast food joints. With all this, and shopping to rival New York and Los Angeles, you can be sure to have the holiday of a lifetime.

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Entertainment, Dining and Casinos

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Where to stay in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip
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Las Vegas Strip

Casinos, Entertainment, Shopping

With the extravagant casinos, glamorous clubs and the dazzling neon displays you will find yourself swept away in the inimitable Vegas experience.

Downtown Las Vegas
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Downtown Las Vegas

Casinos, Entertainment, Live Music

Step off the Strip and into the original and authentic heart of Las Vegas, where smoky bars, quirky museums and family-friendly attractions exist side by side. 

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Top hotels in Las Vegas

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park
3 out of 5
2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$30/night
4 Sep. - 5 Sep.
3.3/5 (66,635 reviews)

This family-friendly Las Vegas resort is located on the Strip, within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Vegas Convention Center and Fashion Show Mall. Las Vegas North Premium ...

3.3/5 (66,635 reviews)

"If you go to Vegas with kids, Circus Circus is your hotel, lots of fun activities, and not lots of "other" Vegas activities that you don't want to be around with your kids."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park
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Luxor Hotel and Casino
3.5 out of 5
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$62/night
29 Aug. - 30 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (66,900 reviews)

Located in Las Vegas Strip, this spa resort is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from T-Mobile Arena and 6 mi (9.6 km) from Las Vegas Convention Center. MGM Grand Monorail Station ...

3.7/5Good! (66,900 reviews)

"I let them know I hurt my knee and needed to remove my hotel upgrade Bc that building was too far of a walk. They accommodated this right away and as an added bonus they put me on the 1st floor which was really nice to put a note in the system for that"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

Luxor Hotel and Casino
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Excalibur Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
3850 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
NZ$48/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (70,880 reviews)

Located in Las Vegas Strip, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Park Theater and T-Mobile Arena. Las Vegas Convention Center is 6.1 mi (9.9 km) away. ...

3.7/5Good! (70,880 reviews)

"Mold in bathroom and lights broke in the room. Staff was awesome and bed was ok but a little hard. No refrigerator in room so I had to store my insulin on ice. Other wise nice place."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Popular activities in Las Vegas

Bellagio Casino
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Bellagio Casino

Head to this world-famous resort and casino for a taste of glitzy, glamorous Las Vegas.

Fremont Street Experience
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Fremont Street Experience

Head to the place where Vegas began, to experience the mix of traditional and cutting-edge entertainment.

Stratosphere Tower
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Stratosphere Tower

Soar up the city’s tallest structure into the Las Vegas sky for breath taking views and some serious thrill

Top activities in Las Vegas

The High Roller Observation Wheel Tickets
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The High Roller Observation Wheel Tickets

NZ$26

Go for a free-wheeling spin on The High Roller, a sky-bound adventure that revolves up and around for unparalleled views of the bright lights and landmarks of the Strip. Climb into a glass capsule on the world’s tallest observation wheel for a 360-degree look at sprawling downtown Vegas and beyond.

Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

NZ$154

The first stop is at The Hoover Dam where you can take fantastic pictures thanks to its wonderful views. Your trip continues with pleasant landscapes until you reach your next destination, a comfort stop near Kingman, Arizona.

Le Rêve - The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas
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Le Rêve - The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas

NZ$177

Le Rêve leads you into an imaginary world where dreams transform into reality. With a massive pool serving as the show's aquatic stage, this unforgettable performance features a cast of 90 world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, ballroom dancers, and divers.

Magic Mike Live Las Vegas
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Magic Mike Live Las Vegas

NZ$64

Based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, this all-new live performance is putting the “strip” in Las Vegas Strip. Starring some of the hottest and most talented men from across the country, this dance and acrobatic spectacular brings some serious heat.

Helicopter City Lights w/ Champagne & Luxury Transportation
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Helicopter City Lights w/ Champagne & Luxury Transportation

NZ$112

Sip champagne before boarding your helicopter for an unforgettable flight over the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Hover over Luxor, Bellagio, and the Stratosphere Tower and travel in style to and from your hotel in limousine style transportation.

Absinthe Vegas
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Absinthe Vegas

NZ$128

“If you only see one show in your entire life, make it Absinthe!” – Huffington Post Having opened at Caesars Palace Las Vegas in 2011, Absinthe was recently named “the #1 greatest show in Las Vegas history” by Las Vegas Weekly.

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