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HOTEL QT MUSEUM
Vibe: We get the appeal of going off the grid, but when the mood for hustle and bustle hits, Wellington is where you’ll find us. As a base for the ultimate shopping, culture and foodie weekend, the recently refurbished Hotel QT Museum Wellington cannot be beat.
What's included: Spectacular harbour and city views remain a key selling-point of the design-driven Hotel QT Museum. Of course, you’re not in Wellington to sit in your room and stare out the window. Visiting before March 19? Make sure you catch the Cindy Sherman exhibition at Wellington City Gallery. Otherwise, spend the day indulging your shopping addiction at David Jones or one of the great Ghuznee Street boutiques (two we love are Caughley and Ena). For a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, visit Hannah's Laneway, home to Six Barrel Soda and Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter, then hotfoot it to Five & Dime on Cuba Street. The restaurant is tiny (seating just 25 people) but it’s pumping out adventurous, flavoursome gastronomy that’s worthy of a major award or two.
How much: Rooms at the Hotel QT Museum begin at $409 per night. Your David Jones total is up to you. qthotelsandresorts.com
KING & QUEEN HOTEL SUITES
Vibe: Adjacent to the once-notorious White Hart Hotel and a cornerstone of New Plymouth’s multi-million dollar West End Precinct development, the architecturally designed King & Queen Hotel Suites reflect the artistry and international standards of the neighbouring boutiques, eateries and art galleries.
What’s included: With the world-renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre immediately across the road, you’ll likely come away with a new appreciation for (or at least, a new perspective on) contemporary art — for free, no less. Hungry? Insta-worthy meals from nearby restaurants Monica’s Eatery, Frederics, and Joe’s Garage can all be delivered to your room, or simply step outside and let your senses guide you. How much: The ultra-stylish suites start at $180 per night. kingandqueen.co.nz
With the world-renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre immediately across the road, you’ll likely come away with a new appreciation for contemporary art
The Pattersonsdesigned Len Lye Centre (far left) is a bonus for King & Queen guests.
Inner-city sophistication is Hotel QT Museum’s signature, with many tempting restaurant options nearby, like Five &