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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


The value in book­ing ahead to save queu­ing timeVaIatep­moapIlue­lascrabpieg-city at­trac­tions ha@snbeewesn.ceOmp.ahua­sised by a new list.

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.


T@hneeawtrse.clOomv.earus head­ing to N@en­ next month are in luck. In one of those “weeks” that ac­tu­ally lasts for longer, Broad­way Week is on from Septem­ber 4-17.

It of­fers the chance to buy two-forone tick­ets to 23 Broad­way shows in­clud­ing new pro­gram ad­di­tions

1984, Ground­hog Day, based on the hit ’90s movie and with songOsnbFy­ace­bOOk Aus­tralian Tim Minchin, a@ned­scHae­ Dolly! star­ring Bette Mi­dler.

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.

Toko­riki, in the Ma­manu@ceas­cape_team Is­lands, is among sug­ges­tions from Ex­pe­dia as a per­fect place to take a child-free hol­i­day. And, ac­cord­ing to the travel com­pany, we Aussies – more than pos­si­bly any other na­tion­al­ity – love to get away with­out the kids.

A study con­ducted for Ex­pe­dia ear­lier this yea Or natm­woIt­nt­ger al­most 18,000 peopl@ee as cc ra ops es­_t2e 8 ac moun­tri es showed Aus­tralians are most likely to go on hol­i­day with­out chil­dren, fol­lowed by Sin­ga­pore­ans and Amer­i­cans. The need for an adults-only break and re­con­nect­ing with part­ners Own ap sI notfe free rsetd as the mainr ea son@s. es­capes naps

One in two par­ents say they don’t en­joy go­ing on hol­i­day with their chil­dren — this could be due to

90 per cent of Aussies say­ing that they hol­i­day VI­daieffm ear I el net­slcya,pceom pa red with be­fore k@idnse,wws.ic­tOhma.afou­cus on kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties. Aussies rank in the top five coun­tries as the most re­laxed par­ents on hol­i­day with kids.

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.

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