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  • 13 September 2011, 7:39

Tourists miss hotel - by 12,000 miles

Eastbourne pier /PA

A South African couple couldn't find the hotel they had booked in Eastbourne - because they were on the wrong side of the world.

Michael and Sunette Adendorff booked a room in the 90-a-night Majestic Hotel which promised "splendid views" of the Sussex seaside town's pier.

However, the only trouble was that they were in Eastbourne, New Zealand, which doesn't even have a hotel, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Mr and Mrs Adendorff thought something was wrong with their hire car's GPS as they drove around in circles in the Wellington suburb.

When they pulled into the local chemist's shop to ask directions, they were shocked to discover where they had gone wrong.

Shop assistant Linda Burke said: "They just walked in and asked me where Royal Parade was, with the Majestic Hotel.

"I said: Oh no, there's no hotel here. I looked at it and said: That's in the UK, that's in England."

Ms Burke rang around but discovered all the local bed and breakfast places were full, so she offered them a room for the night in her house.

The couple, who were exploring New Zealand while visiting the country to watch South Africa play in the Rugby World Cup, had mistakenly booked into the hotel in Eastbourne, Sussex, on the internet.

"I booked into the right hotel, just in the wrong country," Mr Adendorff told the Dominion Post newspaper.