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Left, right or straight ahead? The hardest part of staying at King & Queen Hotel Suites, right in the cultural and artistic center of New Plymouth, decides in which direction to head when leaving the hotel. No matter what you decide, you’ll find attractions and activities to keep you entertained for hours. You’ll also find fantastic restaurants, top-notch drinks, great shopping and stunning scenery, all within walking or cycling distance, so you can easily make the most of what this gem of a city has to offer.
But first the excavations. The King & Queen is a luxury boutique hotel offering eight room styles, from studios to suites. Depending on your room type, amenities include deep French soaking tubs, fireplaces, and balconies. All rooms have fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, although you won’t need them as adjoining the hotel and encompassing the surrounding streets is one of New Plymouth’s hotspots, the West quarter.
Much of the compound takes up the ground floor of the smartly redesigned White Hart Hotel. Here you will find craft beer and pizza at Mrs White and Japanese yakitori to Cozy living room, among others. There are more cafes, bars and restaurants within walking distance, including the excellent Social kitchen. The friendly hotel reception staff will hand you a handy booklet of vouchers for these restaurants and more.
Look across the street from the King & Queen and you will see yourself, reflected in the distinctive undulating mirror facade of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Center. Along with a rotation of works by the pioneering kinetic filmmaker and sculptor, it features pieces from his own collection and guest exhibitors.
You will see more Len Lye in the wild if you follow your nose out to the ocean to the 13.2 km long coastal walkway which stretches from Pioneer Park to the east side of Bell Block Beach and includes the magnificent Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. The largely seaside path encompasses Lye’s 48m high wind wand that bends and bounces in the breeze. Locals and visitors alike are keen users of the walkway, including me – during my three-day stay, I borrowed one of the hotel’s loaner bikes to cycle it, and managed to walk and run on it too.
Left, right or straight ahead? You can’t go wrong with any of these options.
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