Travel Bulletin

NOVOTEL OPENS IN CHRISTCHUR­CH

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Last year saw several new hotels and resorts open in New Zealand, including Accor’s Novotel Christchur­ch Airport, which officially welcomed its first guests in November, delivering a “sophistica­ted accommodat­ion option” for the increasing number of tourists visiting the island country.

The $80 million 4.5-star hotel, located next to the terminal of NZ’S second largest airport just 15 minutes from Christchur­ch’s city centre, offers 200 guestrooms, a restaurant and lobby bar, fully equipped gymnasium, car parking, kids’ corner, wi-fi and 10 conference and function spaces.

With floor-to-ceiling windows that display panoramic views of the runway and Southern Alps, the top floor is the hotel’s crowning feature, and it’s also where you will find the Food Exchange, a social hub that serves up dishes crafted from locally sourced produce, and the Tekapo conference room, which can accommodat­e up to 260 guests.

“This is a stunning developmen­t and certainly not your average airport hotel. Accor is very proud to have answered the call from internatio­nal tourists seeking new hotel product at the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island,” said Senior Vice President Operations for Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar.

While Oahu may not appeal to all types, Maui is the archipelag­o’s noted crowd-pleaser. The island represents one of Hawaii’s highest return rates, with the state’s second-largest island offering all the exploratio­n, shopping, relaxing and eating one could want, all without ever feeling crowded, thanks to its large size and fledgling road infrastruc­ture. Maui’s sparseness means you will need a car if you want to truly find your way to the island’s heart, however a shuttle operates around south and west Maui. Of the many places it can take you, Lahaina is one of the most popular spots on the island, with Front Street treating guests to attraction­s such as Bailey Museum, the Lahaina Courthouse and the local prison. For those who prefer to take it at a slower pace, make sure to wander in and out of the town’s many boutiques, or grab a meal at Fleetwood’s on Front Street. Those taking it slow should also head for east Maui’s Kula region, home to the stars, where you can grab a bite to eat at Kula Lodge.

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