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NEW YORK CITY

NYC City Guide & Travel Tips

NYC. The Big Apple. One of the most iconic cities in the world and a must-visit destination for all travel lovers out there. From the bright lights of Times Square and the hipster vibes of Brooklyn, to kicking back in Central Park and dining in authentic New York hangouts - Manhattan and its neighbours pull visitors back time and time again.

When to Visit New York

New York truly is a year round destination, and has different personalities as the seasons change. In autumn watch the trees of Central Park turn to warm shades of orange and red and see the incredible Thanksgiving Day parade. Winter is home to the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree and ice skating as well as freezing temperatures and exciting ice hockey in Madison Square Gardens. In spring and summer the city takes on a whole new character with al fresco dining, outdoor cinema, endless concerts and evenings spent at trendy rooftop bars.

Travelling to New York

Lucky for us there are a tonne of ways to get from NZ to New York with a variety of airport options both here and there. JFK, Newark and La Guardia airports are all within easy distance to the city centre, with public transport and taxis readily available. Flying time is about 12-13 hours direct to LA (or opt to fly into San Francisco or Houston) and then it's a 5-6 hour flight on to New York.

NEW YORK TOP TIPS

TOP NEW YORK EXPERIENCES

• Rise early and have breakfast at Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue
• Catch some ice hockey or basketball at Madison Square Gardens
• Dine on Neapolitan-New-York Pizza at Lomardi's, the USA's first pizzeria
• Go ice-skating in Central Park or at the Rockerfeller at Christmas
• Walk the Highline and meet industrial-come-trendy Manhattan
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TOP NEW YORK NEIGHBOURHOODS

Soho & Tribeca - For fashionable boutiques and renovated warehouses
East Village - For iconic apartment blocks and cool cafes
Chelsea - For contemporary art and a seriously foodie market
Williamsburg - For awesome bars and restaurants and trendy Brooklyn vibes
Bushwick - For the latest hipster hangouts and an escape from the tourist trail
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PLAN YOUR NEW YORK TRIP

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New York Speakeasy Tour
Discover some of the Big Apple's Prohibition-era bars on this three hour Manhattan walking tour. Visit four speakeasies, and delve into the role that these secret bars played.
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Liberty Helicopter Tours
Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the Big Apple, cruising past the jaw-dropping landscape of NYC's skyline.
Half day from $315
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New York Pass
Offering great value, convenience and entry to you choice of the city's top sights, this pass enables you to jump the queues and save money on New York's best attractions. Choose your top experiences from the hop-on hop-off bus, a Statue of Liberty ferry ticket, Empire State Building and more.
Full day from $145
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Top of the Rock
Enjoy incredible skyline views of New York from the Rockefeller Centre's 'Top of the Rock' Observation Deck. The dramatic vista, including the Empire State Building and Central park is truly epic! Visit day or night taking your time over three floors of indoor and outdoor decks.
Half day from $43
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TOP NEW YORK HOTELS AND HOSTELS

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HI Hostel
Ideal for travellers wishing to see the 'real' New York, with daily tours and activities to take you to the most unique corners of the city. Plus, it's located on the trendy Upper West Side near Central Park and the Subway.
From $75pppn
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3* Wolcott Hotel
Elegant, opulent and oozing class, this gem is like the baby sister to the famous Waldorf Astoria. Set in the classic NY building, the luxurious lobby is something to behold. The large rooms are traditional in style and have cable TV, plus there is also a gym.

 

From $99pppn
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Bowery House
Part museum, part accommodation, this historical hotel has restored and preserved what was once a haven for World War II soldiers. Its small, quirky cabin rooms don't scrimp on those little extras, including exclusive artwork, Ralph Lauren towels and rain showers.
From $134pppn
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Prices are correct as of 30/11/16 but are subject to availability and change without notice. Check with your Travel Expert for full details.