New YorkUnited States of America

Head to the “City that Never Sleeps” and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of one of the world’s most culturally diverse destinations.

Feel the buzzing atmosphere of this metropolis everywhere you go, whether you immerse yourself in the exhilaration of Times Square at night or the intense emotion of the 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Ground Zero. New York offers experiences that embody both the upbeat energy of the city and the deep-rooted culture of its population.

Perhaps the most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, stands on Liberty Island in the city harbour as a symbol of the freedom and opportunity that is historically associated with New York, a welcoming figure for the millions seeking a better life in the 19th century, away from the ravages of war and famine.

First-time visitors should head for the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Rockefeller Center, for breath-taking views over the city from the observation deck, not forgetting the bustling Grand Central Terminal and the peaceful New York Public Library.

New York’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx are home to an eight million-strong population characterised by a widely varied cultural mix. Harlem celebrates African American music and culture and Borough Park in Brooklyn is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside Israel. One of the best ways to experience this cultural diversity directly and personally is through the myriad of authentic ethnic restaurants this city has to offer. Do not miss Chinatown for unbeatable Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine, or Little Italy for authentic Italian cooking, passed down through the generations.

When in New York, you cannot pass up the opportunity to see a Broadway show! 40 theatres in the aptly-named Theater District along Broadway and the Lincoln Center offer some of the best theatre experiences going. Alternatively, try the Metropolitan Opera or the Museum of Modern Art – all cultural tastes are catered for.

Whatever you choose to do, you should never worry about finding your way around the city. The best means of transport is via the Subway which covers the whole city in an easy-to-navigate system. Simply buy a MetroCard and top it up as and when you need to. If you travel on foot, you’ll be able to experience first-hand the vibrant atmosphere, and will simply have to follow the iconic grid road map. The “Big Apple” is waiting for you!

Where to stay in New York

Manhattan
Wall Street - Financial District featuring street scenes, a city and heritage architecture

Manhattan

Known for Theatres, Urban, Entertainment

4.5/5(213 reviews)

Power and wealth and breathtaking scenery are concentrated on this very small island. Immerse yourself for a few days or a lifetime.

Midtown
Midtown showing a city

Midtown

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Theatres

4.5/5(75 reviews)

One of the most recognizable areas in the world also has enough tourist attractions to fill several visits.

Upper West Side
Upper West Side, New York, New York, United States of America

Upper West Side

Known for Museums, Theatres, Dining

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Chelsea
The High Line Park showing street scenes, a city and a garden

Chelsea

Known for Urban, Culture, Museums

4/5(27 reviews)

Manhattan’s prized arts district is a success story of urban renewal. Tour the area to see some of Downtown’s hippest attractions.

SoHo
SoHo - Tribeca featuring a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

SoHo

Known for Shopping, Urban, Culture

4.5/5(3 reviews)

This fashionable neighborhood is great for shopping, eating and drinking.

Midtown East
Grand Central Terminal

Midtown East

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

4.5/5(95 reviews)

The premium spot for shopping in New York City has gleaming skyscrapers, numerous museums, luxury hotels and a beautiful cathedral.

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
NZ$203
per night
25 Nov. - 26 Nov.

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (28,621 reviews)

"even it is an old hotel but wit the new refurbished rooms you can feel a difference"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

Hotel Pennsylvania
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
4 out of 5
45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
NZ$167
per night
26 Nov. - 27 Nov.

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (28,109 reviews)

"Room service people are sneaky and tried to get extra money from us. Otherwise the rest of hotel staff are great. The room could do with some updating. Especially the curtains... a bit of laundry bleach would sort out the crispy nicotine stained nets... (not nice smell) Otherwise good"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
YOTEL New York
YOTEL New York
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
NZ$184
per night
25 Nov. - 26 Nov.

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (15,127 reviews)

"the hotel is very clean and efficient but the rooms are like tiny living so you better be close with the one you are sharing the room with as there is not even a door to close for the toilet."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

YOTEL New York

Popular activities in New York

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(283 reviews)

The electric atmosphere of the New York’s busiest square will leave your head spinning, an essential experience for all visitors.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Head to this hub of business and entertainment housed in one of Manhattan most iconic Art Deco developments.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(185 reviews)

Head to the top of this world-famous skyscraper for some of the most exhilarating views of the cityscape.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(191 reviews)

No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to one of the most recognisable statues in the world.

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5(215 reviews)

Experience the energy of New York’s transport hub in the grand and romantic setting of this majestic building.

Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge

4.5/5(211 reviews)

This iconic suspension bridge offers views of the Statue of Liberty from the East River.

Top activities in New York

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

NZ$101

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

NZ$44

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

NZ$65

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.

Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island

NZ$93

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Tickets

NZ$39

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket includes access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Step inside The Met 5th Avenue, a Big Apple institution whose roots go back to 1866, and admire the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue façade and Great Hall before skipping the ticket line and grabbing a map to plot out your day.

Inside NYC with a Local
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Inside NYC with a Local

NZ$158

Manhattan Grand View

Reviews of New York

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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13 Nov. 2019

New York USA great 24 hour city. Lots to do and eat 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

Was a great time but really short. I must go back to see more

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Nov. 2019

Loved Times Square. Amazing energy. I was only in NYC for a short time but I just loved my time there. I have to come back to see More

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

City is suffering a little from a great amount of scaffolding covering pedestrian pavements, and construction and service vehicular traffic seems to be heavy and chaotic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Nov. 2019

Amazing city, vibrant and exciting. Historic buildings very well preserved & maintained. New buildings architecture, especially the high-rise are simply stunning. The street grid and numbered streets and avenues quite easy to understand and navigate.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Nov. 2019

The subway is easy to use however the city is very walkable. One tip is that if you are over 65 and you have ID you are entitled to a return double ticket for half price ie. 2.75 for 2 trips

Read travel guides and advice on visiting New York

Travel Tips to New York City
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Travel Tips to New York City

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Where to Find the Cheapest Bars in Manhattan
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Where to Find the Cheapest Bars in Manhattan

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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day
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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day

Take some time at the monuments, memorials, and museums across the United States of America to honor those who’ve served on a Veterans Day vacation.

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