Rydges Wellington Airport officially open

Rydges Wellington Airport officially open

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.'

Rydges is part of Event Hospitality and Entertainment Australasia and Rydges Wellington Airport will be the organisation's seventh Rydges hotel in New Zealand and third in Wellington.

Chad Johnston, Rydges Wellington Airport general manager, says 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.'

As well as complementary wifi, 24-hour room service, and an onsite gym, the hotel will offer day use rates to cater for early morning departures and those who have a long connection between flights, providing a convenient place to rest and relax.

The hotel also features original artwork by prominent New Zealand artists like Peter Hackett exhibited in the hotel’s lobby and entranceway. Each room in the hotel has a one-of-a-kind commissioned black and white photograph showcasing a different central New Zealand location.

Simon White, Event Hospitality and Entertainment’s general manager of hotel operations, New Zealand, is confident the hotel will be popular.

'It is a testament to the quality of the Rydges brand with our experience and service delivery to the business and conference market.'

The hotel took 22 months to complete and is part of a wider infrastructure development programme currently taking place at Wellington Airport. The programme includes a new transport hub and multi-level car park which opened in late 2018 and a $15 million, 6,000 square metre food, beverage and retail upgrade in the airport’s main terminal taking place over the next 12 months.