Los Angeles

Travel Guide
Los Angeles

Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles stretches out over an impressive 10,518 square kilometres. Its 80 neighbourhoods spread right up into the mountains, via bustling city blocks that run all the way down to the coast.

Wealthy Bel Air and Beverly Hills both ooze glamour and sophistication, while Venice Beach has a more eccentric vibe. Nestled high in the hills above the City, you’ll find the Getty Center, which has both art and architecture on display. If science and history are your thing, Griffith Observatory is a must-visit, as are the La Brea Tar Pits, where you can see the preserved prehistoric remains of the creatures that became entrapped in the sticky bubbling tar. Alternatively, visit a naval monument at the USS Iowa or enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Santa Monica Pier. For something more peaceful, see the calm life beneath the water at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a working film and TV studio where you can see stars of stage and screen at work. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of a celebrity enjoying a spot of retail therapy in the designer boutiques in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and gaze down at the marble and brass stars inlaid in the pavement that give eternal life to the stars of stage and screen and mark their achievements.

LA isn’t all red carpets, glitz and glamour. It was once at the heart of the gold and oil rushes of the 1840s and ‘50s. It was only in the early 1900s that major film studios arrived and the once dusty cattle settlement began its transformation to the entertainment capital of the world that we know today.

To get a real feel for LA, plan a mix of studio tours, museum visits, beach trips and fine dining. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to spot a celebrity. Los Angeles itself is the real star of the show.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$236 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum. ...
4/5 Very Good! (3,531 reviews)
"Perhaps just for the busy weekend there was no housekeeping during the stay, but I could ask for extra towels if needed. Happy with that. No room food service made me sad, but I ate at the hotel restaurant so OK."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$396 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hollywood Wax Museum, Dolby Theater and TCL Chinese Theatre. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,699 reviews)
"This property is right in the middle of everything it is in a perfect location. Shopping, dining and bus tours was all within walking distance I did not need my car not even one time."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Loews Hollywood Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$365 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bloc and Pershing Square. Grammy Museum and Staples Center are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,410 reviews)
"Had such a lovely experience here. It’s safe and clean, the staff are the best and so helpful, it’s quiet and the lobbies are both stunning, rooms are spotless, spacious and convenient. Doesn’t get much better than this."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is NZ$233 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in the heart of Diamond Bar, this golf aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Vista Golf Club and within 9 miles (15 km) of California State Polytechnic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,476 reviews)
"While the property could use an update, it is consistent with the Ayres brand. The room was clean and all the amenities were as expected. The front desk staff were kind and courteous. I woke up too late to take advantage of the breakfast voucher."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
2430 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA
The price is NZ$258 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Located in North Redondo, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Polliwog Park, Lakes at El Segundo and Toyota Sports Center. Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,069 reviews)
"Beautiful property, but walls in the room were dirty and look kind old"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NZ$301 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,299 reviews)
"Very good location, free parking around the neighbour hood.Right on the beach and beside a Starbucks👍😊"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
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