ALL ABOUT THE VIEW
QT Queenstown’s Reds Bar and Bizarre restaurant have already been part of the New Zealand South Island resort town’s apresski scene over winter. Now an opening date has been set for the rest of the hotly anticipated design-driven hotel.
Bookings open tomorrow for stays from December 1 at the 69-suite property, the group’s second New Zealand hotel after QT Museum Wellington.
QT has also revealed what the interiors will look like. Public spaces are understated compared with other QT hotels – Wellington even has an art gallery – to focus on views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. The colour palette is lavender, soft blues and grey to balance the furnishings and copper as a signature metallic finish.
Like the group’s Australian hotels, QT Queenstown has been designed by Nic Graham, who is also working on Australia’s first custombuilt W Hotel, which opens in March in Brisbane. QTHOTELSANDRESORTS.COM
BEAT THE QUEUES
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Travellers face the frustrating prospect of waiting in line for more than two hours at some of the world’s biggest attractions, with the London Eye and the Catacombs in Paris named by TripAdvisor as among the worst offenders for long queues.
During peak season travellers can encounter queues of up to four hours if they want to see the Catacombs in Paris. And those who want to ride the London Eye can typically expect to wait 2½ hours.
Some travellers are paying several times the regular ticket price – in some cases even hundreds of dollars extra – to book tours that guarantee priority entry.
If you’re on a tight budget, it’s worth doing your research to find out the quietest time of day and less crowded season. For instance, at the Empire State Building, visitors who get in early between 8am and 11am or between midnight and 1am can a@veosicdatpheesncaropswds.
Attractions’ official websites also often offer priority access for those who book ahead.
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If you’re heading to New York in low season, Broadway Week runs twice a year with another chance to get cheaper tickets in winter. NYCGO.COM/BROADWAYWEEK
If you like the look of the Fiji resorts in our feature on Page 36, you could add another one, Tokoriki Island Resort, to the list.
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But back to Tokoriki, which has beachfront bures, tropical gardens, hammocks and a personal private pool. Why would you take the kids.
Scenic has released its European touring options for next year, along with a list of earlybird savings on bookings made before September 30.
Travellers can save up to $750 a person on any land journey of 13 days or longer. As an example, the Majestic Britain and Ireland tour, a 22-day round trip from London, is priced from $11,200 a person.
In total, the Grand Wonders of Europe 2018 brochure features 15 itineraries from nine to 23 days long, plus city stays in various popular destinations.
QT QUEENSTOWN An artist’s impression of a room at QT Queenstown, which opens in December.