September 14, 2011

Rugby World Cup Hotel Fail


A South African couple booked a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. However, there was one small issue: Michael and Sunette Adendorff couldn’t find the bayside Majestic Hotel - or even the street in the Eastbourne suburb of Wellington that it was supposed to be located in. Here’s the hotel they were looking for:

The scenery in England: Eastbourne's pier and beach in England, UK

Convinced they had lost their way, or there was something wrong with the GPS system in their rental car, they wandered into a shop to ask for directions. It was here, the truth dawned on them; the hotel they had booked into online was the Majestic in Eastbourne, UK, not a Majestic in Eastbourne, Wellington.

‘I booked into the right hotel, just in the wrong country,’ Mr Adendorff said.

‘The Kiwis took the p*** out of us because of our silly mistake but it was very nice and they were very friendly,’ he told the Dominion newspaper.

Not realising the Majestic wasn’t in Eastbourne, Wellington, the couple paid for their accommodation in advance for two nights. What was even more amusing was that they admitted being a little puzzled why the payment was in pounds, but went ahead with the booking!

The map shows the distance from UK to New Zealand:

Eastbourne in England to Eastbourne in New Zealand

Thanks to Travel Spy for the article

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