The first hotel in New Zealand fully connected and integrated with an airport terminal has opened at Wellington Airport.
The four-star Rydges Wellington Airport hotel features 134 rooms, a bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A refurbished conference centre offering eight meeting rooms with capacity for up to 80 people will also open later in the year.
Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport CEO, says the purpose-built hotel will offer a great accommodation option for a wide variety of travellers.
“Tourists, business people and travellers from the wider Wellington region who are flying out early or arriving late will find the hotel an ideal option – they’ll enjoy a great night’s rest and an easy walk to the terminal.”
“This hotel reflects our commitment to continuing to enhance the airport experience for the growing number of passengers travelling through Wellington.”
Chad Johnston, Rydges Wellington Airport General Manager, says: “Having direct access from inside the main terminal level is unique and it’s exciting that Rydges Wellington Airport will be the very first fully integrated airport hotel in New Zealand.”
“The hotel has the added benefit of being a plane spotter’s delight – with most rooms having extensive views out to Lyall Bay and directly out over the runway.”
The hotel will offer day use rates to cater for early morning departures and those who have a long connection between flights and need a place to rest and relax.
The hotel took 22 months to complete and is part of a wider infrastructure development programme currently taking place at Wellington Airport. The development includes a new transport hub and multi-level car park which opened in late 2018 and a NZ$15 million, 64,583sq ft (6,000m²) food and beverage and retail upgrade in the airport’s main terminal taking place over the next 12 months.