Vancouver

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Stanley Park showing a river or creek and a city

The British Columbian city of Vancouver is bursting with a wealth of urban entertainment, cultural pursuits, outdoor adventure and fun for all the family.

Famed for its natural beauty, top-class attractions and laid-back vibe, Vancouver consistently tops the list of the world's best places to live. If you are not in a position to pack up your life and move to this vibrant city, then do the next best thing and schedule a visit into your holiday plans. The sheer number of things to do is mind-boggling. While the city is home to excellent museums, art galleries and aquariums, as well as quality shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, what sets it apart from other city destinations is the diversity of the other attractions on offer. Few other cities boast ski resorts, suspension bridges and warm sandy beaches in one breath. But Vancouver doesn’t just pay lip service to its tourism – it really does tick every box.

Set in the heart of the city centre, Robson Street is the premier shopping destination in Vancouver. Here you will find upmarket, fashionable boutiques, indulgent spas and a wealth of gourmet dining options. If you're looking for something a little more casual, make your way over to Granville Island Public Market. Overflowing with wonderful sights, sounds and smells, this bustling market is a treat. Pick up some fresh local produce at the farmers market or bag a bespoke gift at one of the artisan craft stalls.

As well as being home to a variety of fish and aquatic mammals, the family-friendly Vancouver Aquarium is a great place to learn about marine research and conservation around the shores of the Pacific. Get up close with African penguins at Penguin Point, watch out for deadly piranha and sharks, and don’t miss the chance to participate in interactive sessions with Beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals.

Multiculturalism and diversity are two staples of this Canadian city and you don’t have to scratch too deeply beneath the surface to see clear evidence of this. Wander around Stanley Park and gaze up at the jaw-dropping totem poles and wood carvings of the First Nations. Then follow this with a trip to the Museum of Anthropology to contemplate the spell-binding creativity conveyed by over 500,000 indigenous artefacts that sit alongside a fascinating collection of global artwork.

With a host of outdoor adventure activities on the city's doorstep, adrenaline junkies don’t have to look far to get their thrills. Head up to Grouse Mountain and zipline across the peaks of giant Douglas Firs on a five-line circuit, try your hand at night skiing on Cypress Mountain, or test your mettle 70 metres above the roaring Capilano River as you totter across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

If all this action has left you exhausted, make your way to the warm golden sands of English Bay Beach and let the sun’s rays ease out your aching bones. Keep an eye on the horizon for orca whales while you sit back and enjoy the spectacular sunset. There is simply no better way to unwind at the end of a busy day of enjoying yourself!

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Where to stay in Vancouver

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$198 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Street and Robson Square. Vancouver Art Gallery and Granville Street are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,501 reviews)
"This is a lovely hotel in a great location, close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. Our room was large and comfortable."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$213 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Vancouver Waterfront and United States Consulate. Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Olympic ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,805 reviews)
"The location of the hotel was good, Nice views of the ocean and mountain from our window. All the tourist spots were nearby. We loved our stay here"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$328 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place. Granville Street and Vancouver False Creek Seawall are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,855 reviews)
"Lack of maid service and access to drinking water bottles"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2021

Pan Pacific Vancouver
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.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$203 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Central Public Library. Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,071 reviews)
"The property was close to everything we needed within walking distance. Super accommodating and overall a nice stay."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
Located in West End, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and English Bay Beach. Robson Street and English Bay are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at Sonder Revival! Everything was efficient, from check-in to check-out. The mini apartment style had a practical layout, fully equipped and well maintained. The cleanliness was on point, especially during the pandemic (felt very safe). It was in a fantastic location, making ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Sonder at Revival
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$315 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Great service from the 24 hour front desk and very accommodating. Perfect location and amenities. Would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
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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