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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!

New York Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in New York

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

Manhattan

4.5/5Wonderful!(334 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, important monuments and soaring skyscrapers, there's plenty to explore in Manhattan. Top attractions like American Museum of Natural History and Central Park are major draws. Catch the metro at 81 St. - Museum of Natural History Station or 72 St. Station (Central Park West) to see more of the city.

Manhattan
Midtown showing a city

Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(75 area reviews)

Macy's and Bryant Park are a few top attractions in Midtown. Hop around the city on the metro at 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station or 34 St. Station (Herald Square) and check out the area's fascinating museums, soaring skyscrapers and acclaimed art galleries.

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

Upper West Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Upper West Side. Check out top attractions like Beacon Theater and Lincoln Center, and jump on the metro at West 86th Street Station or 79 St. Station to see more of the city.

Upper West Side
The High Line Park showing street scenes, a city and a garden

Chelsea

4/5Very Good!(27 area reviews)

Chelsea is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like The High Line Park and Madison Square Garden. See more of New York by jumping on the metro at 23 St. Station (8th Av.) or 23 St. Station (7th Av.).

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

SoHo

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in SoHo. Spend some time visiting top spots like Drawing Center, and catch the metro at Prince St. Station or Spring St. Station to see more of the area.

SoHo
Grand Central Terminal

Midtown East

4.5/5Wonderful!(95 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants great entertainment and top sights from Chrysler Building to Grand Central Terminal – discover Midtown East, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Midtown East

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Arlo SoHo
Arlo SoHo
4 out of 5
231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$144 per night

Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,464 reviews)

"The staff is pleasant and helpful. The thermostat wasn't working in my room during my stay, however I requested and received an alternate room which was provided immediately and the rest of the stay went without a hitch."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Arlo SoHo
Arlo NoMad
Arlo NoMad
4 out of 5
11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
The price is NZ$144 per night

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,084 reviews)

"The queen sky room was beautiful and perfect for an anniversary staycation. The only drawback was that the AC wasn't working on our last night which was a huge bummer!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Arlo NoMad
Ravel Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Ravel Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY
The price is NZ$242 per night

Located in Queens, this romantic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Roosevelt Island, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and United Nations Headquarters. ...

4/5Very Good! (942 reviews)

"Checking in was quick and easy, & the room was perfect. Very clean!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Ravel Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Popular places to visit in New York

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(324 reviews)

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

Central Park
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Central Park

4.5/5(266 reviews)

Sit back and relax in this iconic oasis of calm right in the heart of Manhattan’s concrete jungle.

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(275 reviews)

Visit the dazzling theater district of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Enjoy the shopping, dining and street entertainment as well.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(213 reviews)

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

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(232 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(204 reviews)

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

Top activities in New York

Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours
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Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours

NZ$101
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket
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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket

NZ$65
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
New York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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New York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$91
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
New York Harbor Lights Evening Cruise
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New York Harbor Lights Evening Cruise

NZ$64
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass
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The New York Pass®: 100+ Attractions 1 All-Inclusive Pass

NZ$201
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
NYC Limo City Tour
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NYC Limo City Tour

NZ$662
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of New York

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
371
5 - Excellent 59.26517571884984%
4 - Good
193
4 - Good 30.830670926517573%
3 - Okay
50
3 - Okay 7.987220447284345%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 1.7571884984025559%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.1597444089456869%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Mar. 2020

Its literally the city that never sleeps and no matter how long your there, you’ll never get bored

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar. 2020

Try Five Guys burgers - walking distance from the hotel - delish!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

Walkable city, so don't always rely on public transport to get around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar. 2020

Fun place to visit expensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Great experience however it was very very cold which needs to be packed well for. Very busy and can be a little confronting - not in a bad way but the way of life there does take some adjusting to.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb. 2020

Very cold

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