Hotel Bookings

Apr 5th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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Hotel Bookings

This is in conjunction with raerose's post on last minute hotel bookings... My wife and I will be in NZ for the first 2 weeks of June and then to Cairns for the 3rd week in June. We are considering using wotif to get last minute deals on hotels. Question: Is it too busy at both places that we might risk not getting accomodation if we wait for last minute deals? I don't think NZ will be that crowded, but will Cairns be crowded? We'd like to get the deals, but do not want to be stuck without a decent room if all the rooms are booked.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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School Holidays in Australia in the latter part of June, may have some impact on your choice of accommodation, but I doubt Cairns would be completely booked out. Perhaps contact the places you like & see what they think.

Pat W's a regular & authoritative poster who lives in the area - she'll have a better idea than most.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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I think you will be safe in using Wotif in June...certainly not the busiet time of the year by any sretch of the imagination on the accommodaton cakabder,,,at least in Australia which is what I'm competent to comment on. Wotif offer accommdoation 28 days out, so you can start making your choices in May which will give you heaps of time to make other arrangements should you feel you are not getting the choices you want on
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Apr 6th, 2007, 03:31 AM
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It's fairly unlikely that you'd have accommodation problems in Cairns in June. July is a different story, that's when it starts to fire up here with combination of North American and European tourists on their annual leave plus Australians from southern states escaping their winters. Not to mention our Kiwi neighbours, although NZ has a small population, Kiwis comprise a large portion of Cairns' tourism in our "winter".
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Apr 6th, 2007, 02:36 PM
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We returned recently from a short trip to south island NZ at the end of March.

We did not have reservations for one night in Invercargil- arrived at 6 PM and found every motel booked. We were advised to drive an additional 2 1/2 hours further to Te Anau, which we did , to find accomodation for that night.

I must say the folks at Balmoral Lodge Motel in Invercargil were extremely kind and helpful- they were on the phone and computer for a good 20 minutes trying to help us find a room for that night.

I would suggest you have every night booked before leaving for your trip.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 06:38 AM
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We arrived in Invercargill one night in March 2005 without reservations, and got rooms at Balmoral Lodge. No problem.

I suspect that the difference was that I kept checking beforehand on wotif to see availablity. If I had seen that it was getting tight, I would have made reservations beforehand.

You can either book ahead or look ahead!
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