While there has been a decline of less than 3% of visitors from New Zealand heading to Queensland in the last year*, the good news is that arrivals to Australia from New Zealand are forecast to increase by an average of 1% each year from 2012 to reach 1,266,000 arrivals in 2017.
As trans-Tasman airfare prices continue to fall, many New Zealanders are taking advantage of excellent value airfares to take a short or extended trip to Queensland to escape the New Zealand Winter.
Synonymous with quality accommodation at an affordable price, Australia’s oldest Australian owned hotel chain, Metro Hotels, is offering New Zealanders even more incentive to cross the Tasman with some excellent value accommodation packages at its properties throughout Queensland – in Brisbane, Gladstone and Ipswich, throughout the Australian Summer.
The refurbished Metro Hotel Tower Mill on Wickham Terrace offers New Zealand visitors quality yet affordable accommodation and dining in the heart of Brisbane.
The distinctive cylindrically shaped hotel, a well known landmark on the inner city Brisbane skyline, houses 80 guest rooms, all with their own private balconies that take in panoramic views extending across Brisbane.
The hotel’s licensed restaurant and bar, The Mill Hotel Bar and Restaurant, provides a perfect setting for guests to enjoy a leisurely meal or drink after a day’s sightseeing, with a new outdoor dining area to take advantage of the beautiful Brisbane weather.
Guests from New Zealand will enjoy the convenience of staying in close proximity to the city’s CBD and main attractions, including Queen Street Mall, Treasury Casino, Southbank Parklands, the Botanical Gardens, art galleries and museums.
The Hotel is located close to the city’s transport options, being only 500 metres from Central Australia Zoo and the Gold Coast, with its theme park attractions including, Movie World, SeaWorld and Dreamworld, only a 45 minute train ride away.
Metro Hotel Ipswich International is perfect for New Zealand visitors wanting quality accommodation in the centre of Queensland’s oldest provincial city. Visitors can easily get to Ipswich using the national road network as it is only 30 minutes drive from Brisbane and an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and domestic and international air and sea ports. Ipswich makes a great stop off for a few days before continuing up or down the coast.
Rated four and half stars, the 97-room hotel is boutique in size but equipped with all the facilities of a much larger hotel.
Ipswich is the oldest provincial city in Queensland and has plenty on show for inquisitive history buffs. It is also known for its local art and craft cottage industries, with art galleries, markets and craft and antique stores centrally located close to the hotel as well as in local townships nearby in the surrounding countryside.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy Ipswich’s many festivals, including the Ipswich Show in May, the Ipswich Cup horse races in June, the V8 Supercar races in July and the Goodna Jacaranda Festival in October.
Metro Hotel & Apartments Gladstone is the ideal accommodation choice and a perfect base to explore the beautiful tropical central Queensland coast. With budget airlines now flying into nearby Rockhampton, Gladstone is a prime location to stay while exploring the coral reefs, beaches and national parks of the area.
Situated in the heart of the CBD, Metro Hotel & Apartments Gladstone is located close to all of Gladstone’s major attractions. Visitors can enjoy day trips to Agnes Waters, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island or overnight to Heron Island, with the departure point only a 15-minute walk from the Hotel.
Gladstone’s sub-tropical climate, coral reefs, waterways and beaches provide year-round boating, fishing, swimming and ocean activities. A large charter boat fleet operates out of the nearby marina, which also hosts the finish for the blue water classic Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race.
Metro Hotel & Apartments offers 50 attractive 4 star fully serviced apartments, with superb views from private balconies and with separate lounge and fully equipped kitchen and laundry.
Other hotel facilities include a fully licensed restaurant, The Terrace, which serves delicious European style á la carte meals and Gladstone’s famous fresh seafood.
To find out about some great value accommodation packages at Metro Hotels’ properties in Queensland, call the toll free Central Reservations line on 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au.