Tim Pollock, IHG; Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Ben Cater, Cityhop. Tim Pollock, IHG; Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Ben Cater, Cityhop.

Electric vehicles for guests at Crowne Plaza Auckland

In the search for modern and sustainable travel experiences, Crowne Plaza Auckland and Cityhop have formed an exciting new partnership – creating exclusive benefits to guests booking via Crowne Plaza’s website or concierge desk.

Crowne Plaza Auckland knows that smart travel increasingly means providing the right accommodation with seamlessly integrated and innovative transport solutions to match the crowded urban landscape. With a renewed focus on sustainability, guest convenience, technology and guest experience, Crowne Plaza and Cityhop bring guests one of the best and most flexible transport solutions Auckland has to offer.

Cityhop is a car share company that makes renting a car a pain-free experience. Forget endless paperwork and stress – all you need to join is your driver’s licence and a debit/credit card. With close to 10,000 members and 200 vehicles around the country, Cityhop follows traditional carsharing principles combined with mobile technology. Insurance, maintenance and cleaning are included. Members can also download the app for added convenience to find the nearest vehicle. The two new EV cars are located on site at Atrium Carpark, which provides a seamless experience to Crowne Plaza guests. This comes just one day after the New Zealand Government announced dozens of new charging stations around the country and that Cityhop will also receive funding to add an extra 50 Electric Vehicles to their fleet for nationwide car sharing.

Crowne Plaza guests will enjoy exclusive benefits such as Cityhop’s best hourly rates, free signup, complimentary first hour, waived monthly subscription, easy access to 2 on-site Electric Vehicles, free charging stations and free parking in the heart of Auckland CBD, at Atrium Car park.

Ben Carter from Cityhop mentions, “Our partnership with the Crowne Plaza is about proving new value to guests, the local community and the City. By providing access to an electric vehicle, members can use a car when they need instead of keeping one parked up just in case. This saves the member money, frees up space, and the City is more liveable because of it. Cityhop members help clean up the streets; our members reduce their car ownership, drive less, and use public and active transport more – meaning less congestion and less emissions.”

Both vehicles being electric aligns perfectly with Crowne Plaza’s dedication to sustainability. IHG is proud to be amongst the New Zealand businesses signed up to the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Sustainability Commitment – which is a pledge to protect and enhance the environments on which tourism businesses depend. Crowne Plaza Auckland also focuses on environmental initiatives like having paperless check-in, straw-free restaurants and bars, biodegradable coffee cups, EV chargers (perfect for the Cityhop cars) and more.

“The new partnership with Cityhop is not only about giving guests additional benefits when staying at our hotel,” said Tim Pollock, “it also adds a shining example to Crowne Plaza’s list of commitments towards sustainability and towards the fabric of Auckland’s community, especially when we are placed right at the heart of it”.

About Crowne Plaza Auckland

Located in the heart of Auckland CBD, Crowne Plaza Auckland hotel is a popular choice for both business and leisure travellers and has been the winner of New Zealand’s Leading Business Hotel for 3 years running (2017-2019). Like its guests, Crowne Plaza Auckland’s 200 employees come from all over the world and work hard every day to deliver the highest level of service and True Hospitality. 


About Cityhop

Cityhop is New Zealand's first carsharing service operating in both Auckland and Wellington. It was founded by former Auckland City councillor Victoria Carter It is owned by Toyota Finance New Zealand since November 2018 and has nearly 10,000 members and 200 vehicles in 2019.