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New York
Travel Guide

One World Trade Center showing a sunset, a city and skyline

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!

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Where to stay in New York

DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is NZ$130 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Times Square, Broadway and Minskoff Theater. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Shubert Theatre are also within ...
3.6/5Good! (4,610 reviews)
"The room was really nice and clean staff was very polite and I will rent a room from them again I enjoyed myself"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Millennium Times Square New York
Park Central Hotel New York
Park Central Hotel New York
4 out of 5
870 7th Ave, New York, NY
The price is NZ$176 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Hall, Broadway Theatre and Central Park. Columbus Circle and 5th Avenue are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (3,985 reviews)
"Location is excellent. Rooms are clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. Unfortunately bar área was closed due to pandemic restrictions I guess."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Park Central Hotel New York
Arlo NoMad
Arlo NoMad
4 out of 5
11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$211 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,248 reviews)
"Very helpful and friendly staff. It has only two elevators and it takes a while to get an elevator."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Arlo NoMad
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.
1234 Broadway Avenue
1234 Broadway Avenue
2 out of 5
38 West 31st Street, New York, NY
The price is NZ$218 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Midtown, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Empire State Building. Macy's and Madison Square Garden are also within 10 minutes. ...
2.7/5 (398 reviews)
"Its a very busy place, but once my family & I was in the room it was comfortable & cozy, we really enjoyed the stay. Security was really helpful as well. Thank You."

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

1234 Broadway Avenue
AKA Sutton Place
AKA Sutton Place
4 out of 5
330 E 56th St, New York, NY
Located in Midtown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Madison Avenue, 5th Avenue and United Nations Headquarters. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
STAY ON SUTTON
"it was a fantastic time spent at AKA Sutton Place! wonderful and friendly staff, beautiful neighborhood and suite!"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2017

AKA Sutton Place
The Marmara Manhattan
The Marmara Manhattan
3.5 out of 5
301 E 94th St, New York, NY
Located in Upper East Side, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Central Park, Mount Sinai Hospital and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Solomon R. Guggenheim ...
4.2/5Very Good! (941 reviews)
Friendly staff
"Great location, clean and safe"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

The Marmara Manhattan
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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Reviews of New York

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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

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10 Mar. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Mar. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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2 Mar. 2020

Fun place to visit expensive

4/5 - Good

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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

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22 Feb. 2020

Very cold

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