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Out and about in Christchurch (contd)


Yamagen Teppan-Yaki
Hotel restaurants the world-over are usually known for their mediocrity. The Yamagen Japanese restaurant with authentic teppan-yaki grill on the ground floor of the Crowne Plaza Christchurch (Cnr Kilmore & Durham Sts, Christchurch) is booked solid virtually every night, and far from being a kitschy in-house dining option, it is, in fact, a restaurant of choice for many locals.



The Crowne Plaza

After sampling the dining pleasures of the Garden City, you’ll want a good lie down. The Crowne Plaza Christchurch pulls out all the stops when it comes to offering weary travelers a warm welcome.

The rooms, decked out in classy, neutral tones will certainly please your inner princess. The ample storage and roomy hanging space reveals what every girl needs – a divinely fluffy white bathrobe. And after gorging on the large, gold-wrapped lozenge of decadent NZ chocolate lovingly placed on your crisp, white turned-down sheet, you’ll feel like royalty!

And speaking of royalty, The Presidential Suite on the top floor is a gob-smackingly impressive, multi-level affair, which in its time has hosted the kings and queens of the entertainment industry like Janet Jackson, Tom Jones and more recently, Ben Harper.



A room fit for a princess

Christchurch Crowne Plaza has another hidden treasure too, quite possibly one of the best concierges in the southern hemisphere. He knows the best places to eat, the most scenic drives and the best must-see attractions in and around the Christchurch area. His name is Tom and while you’re in town, he could well be your new best friend.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Cnr Kilmore and Durham Streets

Christchurch, New Zealand

Phone Australia 1300 666 545 for reservations or visit the web site www.crowneplaza.co.nz