Round the world: Las Vegas

The city of sin is the perfect place to take a solo adventure or to pack up the girls and head off for a week of debaucherous fun. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, check out these top tips from one of our travel bloggers.

Ticked off the bucket list

  • Drink from a touristy yard glass

  • Meet ‘Elvis’

  • See a stage show

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower (anyone will do)

Top songs on the playlist

  • A little less conversation – Elvis

  • Mo money mo problems – Notorious B.I.G.

  • I got a feeling – Black Eyed Peas

  • Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry

What to do


  • Visit the Fremont Street Experience mall
  • Take a helicopter tour of the grand canyon
  • Visit some of famous casinos: Bellagio, MCM Grand, Luxor, Caesars Palace
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower
  • Swing by the White Chapel
  • Check out the shark reef at Mandalay Bay
  • Visit Madame Tussauds
  • River rafting
  • Take a stroll along the strip
  • See a stage show: Cirque Du Soleil, Magic Mike Live, Headliners (Celine Dion, JLO, Britney Spears)
  • Shop, shop, shop
  • Go to the Adventuredome amusement park
  • Take trapeze lessons
  • Ride a gondola
Vegas Eiffel Tower

Travel hacks

  • You will need a waiver visa to get in to Las Vegas if travelling on a New Zealand passport. Ask your travel agent for more information
  • Best time to travel: April – September
  • Tipping is customary in Las Vegas. Be sure to carry some small change with you for taxis and restaurants
    • Restaurant waitstaff 15% to 25%
    • Bar staff/casino staff $1 per drink or 15% per round
    • Taxis 10% to 15%
  • ATM transaction fees can be high within casino gaming areas
  • Credit/Debit cards are your best option
  • If arriving by plane, most shuttle buses will take you to strip hotels from $7 – $10. You could be looking at over $20 for a taxi. Ask your travel agent for more information
  • Stay hydrated. Vegas has a desert climate and can be quite hot. Make sure you drink water frequently and carry a hat and sunglasses
Vegas white chapel

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