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Today was pretty rainy and windy...luckily we've been really lucky with the weather so far. After checking out of our motel, we took a drive along the meandering coast. Back to Picton and back to Le Cafe, our supper spot, for a coffee and muffin.
Then we joined the queue for the Interislander Ferry. After boarding we explored a bit, but …
Can't even begin to describe how I feel right now. Had such a fun day in Wellington and then the earthquake hit...6.9...terrifying. We literally were sprinting down the four flights of stairs to the lobby and I was shaking like crazy. Have been having a ton aftershocks since the big one but have only actually felt a few, thankfully. Talked to dad …
We woke up to a family of chickens greeting us in the campground so Adam fed them some of our old bread and museli bars. That was a nice wake-up! We got up kind of early as we wanted to hit up some more wineries before leaving the South island via the Interisland Ferry which left from a town 30 minutes north at 1:45pm. So once we got started we …
Regarding the title, no I am not referring to us as the California kiwis. We did indeed discover with some pride that the kiwis are enjoying proudly marked California grown kiwi fruits in their grocery stores. But I digress...
Today we walked from our hotel along the harbor front. Similar to Auckland's it was a beautiful site and weather. …
Arrived at Picton for our ferry crossing to Wellington. Sunny day again and the Queen Charlotte Sound was as calm as a millpond. Three hour trip taking in the most marvellous coastline. This afternoon a quick city tour of Wellington which included a stop at Mount Victoria for a complete view of the city, harbour and coastline. A brief hour at …
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Wish we could've stayed longer but the earthquake kind of screwed that up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Wellington
We stayed in a twin room for one night on the 7th floor. On arrival we were met out the front by concierge who assisted us remove everything from the trunk of the car and took the keys. There's not really anywhere to park out the front so you have to be lucky to find a temporary spot. If you are driving, park out the front and hopefully a staff member will come out to assist before parking wardens move you on. This is the only draw back. The front desk staff could not have been more helpful and are all genuinely friendly people. We were highly impressed with the service - they do have it together for sure. One of the staff even booked us a table at a restaurant and gave us maps so we could navigate. Room service is good quality and well priced. I would tend to recommend this to business travellers as the rooms are a little clinical for a romantic stay. Having said this, the hotel is in a good location and as far as we were concerned the staff really made up for anything negative.
Not so great
We stayed here for ten days over the New Year period. The hotel was modern and well presented and the reception staff were friendly and helpful. The food was however, pretty poor, we only ate in the restaurant twice.
Our room was a typical modern hotel room. The cleaning left a lot to be desired during our stay, and strangely, we kept getting other people's comment cards left on our bed. We got the impression that staffing was very light over the holiday period.
A Brilliant Hotel!
My friend and I stayed at this hotel for two nights and loved it! It is in a brilliant location where you can easily walk to all the main attractions, has internet access - you can purchase an internet card at reception and the rooms themselves were lovely with brilliant views of the city!
We were a bit confused when we arrived as to where we had to park our car, but after driving round about three times we found you had to park your car outside and it was parked for you in an underground carpark! This service is really good, but you do have to sometimes wait for your car - however this really wasnt a problem as you dont need to drive around wellington - it is small enough to walk around.
I would definately stay here again and would highly recommend it.
I loved the Novotel!
I normally stay at Sheraton hotels and this place was great! I originally checked into the Copthorne for my three day stay. As soon as I went to the room I wanted to check out. I looked up your reviews and saw the Novotel. Luckily I was just around the corner from the Novotel. The staff was great and the room very clean and very new with a view of the harbor. Location is superb as the lift opens out to Lambdon Quay, which offers buses, shopping and more.
Hotel was in the middle of town with a lift that takes you down to the main shopping area, although this closed at 6 pm and you had to go to another hotel along the road to use theirs if you wanted to go out to town to eat in the evenings. We stayed there for 2 nights on the beginning of our trip and again 1 night on the way back from the South Island.
Good Location and comfortable room
Stayed here for 3 nights in November. Great helpful staff, wonderful location for shopping and sightseeing (and getting on and off the motorway). Parking not so great.
The best of six hotels I've stayed in in Australia/New Zealand on my recent travels.
Spent 2 nights here Oct. 05. Hotel rooms adequate, but uninspiring. No balcony or windows to open and we found the air conditioning very 'stuffy'.
Food was also uninspiring. Breakfast the usual no-taste buffet affair, and we tried eating dinner there one night but didn't enjoy it at all.
OK as far as location goes, but we probably wouldn't stay there again. Front desk staff were friendly and reasonable helpful in helping to chase my missing luggage from Qantas.
Novotel Capital Wellington good value
Stayed here for a few days in January/February 2005. Room is pretty standard but comfortable. Excellent breakfast buffet was included in our room price. The elevators take you down to the main shopping street which is much easier than walking down and up those steps! Walking distance to most everything you want to see and do (Te Papa, Cuba St.).
Great location. Very clean, service is excellent! Easy walk to downtown. Concierge recommended Hell's Pizza in the bar Syn. The best pizza I have ever had!!!