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City Hotels Top Christmas Day List

City Hotels Top Christmas Day List

Auckland - 18 December 2007: ( Australasia’s leading accommodation website, revealed today that New Zealand’s city destinations are the most popular destinations for bookings over the Christmas period* for 2007.

While the traditional Christmas holiday favourites of Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga and Queenstown all appeared on the list, many travellers appear to be opting for a city-based getaway this Christmas, with Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington placed as the first, second and fourth most popular destinations respectively.’s New Zealand Manager, Tania Witheford said, “While traditional holiday destinations remain busy over Christmas, allows city hotels and apartments, who experience lower occupancy during this time, to attract savvy consumers by offering great accommodation deals which often include free extras such as parking and breakfast.

“We are seeing an increasing number of people finding these deals too good to refuse and opting to stay in the city over Christmas,” she added.

These savvy consumers not only get to experience luxury accommodation at a great rate, they also bypass the Christmas crowds, are close to the Boxing Day sales (so they don’t have to drag their purchases far) and as an added bonus can avoid sleeping on the floor next to Uncle Tim on Christmas night.

Top Ten New Zealand Destinations
1. Auckland
2. Christchurch
3. Queenstown
4. Wellington
5. Rotorua
6. Taupo
7. Dunedin
8. Te Anau
9. Tauranga
10. Aoraki/Mount Cook

Still looking for a great deal for a Christmas getaway? Then check out’s pick of the hottest deals around** …

Auckland - The Quadrant (4 star)
Studio Apartments are $120 a night - down from $315 a night, including your choice of Christmas Gift on arrival out of: room upgrade, parking, 2 drinks in the Quad Bar, internet access or 1 breakfast.

Wellington – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (4 star)
Jimmy’s Grab a Deal is $135 a night - down from $348 a night, including bubbles for 2 on arrival & parking. Stay in the heart of the CBD!

Christchurch – Chateau on the Park
Deluxe rooms are $140 a night – down from $265 a night, including a Pamper Pack on arrival, a game of free golf and use of the mountain bikes to take for a ride in Hagley Park.

Notes to editor
Destinations surveyed from bookings made between 24 and 26 December on up until 11 December 2007
**All prices are per room per night for two, unless otherwise stated, and were available in sufficient quantity at the time of writing, however rates and availability are subject to change at any time

About sells accommodation online in more than 40 countries.
Our great rates, broad accommodation range, easy-to-use site and 24/7 Customer Service Centre have made us the most popular way for business and leisure travellers in Australia and New Zealand to book accommodation online. Every month our site attracts 2.75 million visits with customers making more than 170,000 bookings through our 28-day booking window.
We launched in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2000 and now have offices in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom to support our growing international presence. is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, trading under the code WTF.


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