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With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.
At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave.
From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound.
Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.
The only draw back to this property now is the construction on the street in the area and in front of the hotel. The website does not give arrival directions. Queen to Customs left turn to Albert left turn is the only way in if you are driving yourself. Took us over an hour of driving through construction ...
Closeness to airport. Did not like the liquid soap and would have liked a flannel. Thanks
Inability to take drinks back to the room was a bugbear given we had a small child and could not head out to a bar. The lighting in the rooms was apallling - very dim, and the controls for the Aircon were just unusable. Given it was a 2 room suite - the lack of dining table and chairs was weird - ...
Had pleasant stay staff friendly, room was spotless and bar staff also good, nice place to stop over between flights
We loved our stay at the Cordis Hotel. We particularly enjoyed the added bonus of having free access to the executive lounge that put on drinks and nibbles from 5.30 pm. Their choice in wines were impressive. We had the most perfect evening.