Wellington was named the New Zealand capital in 1865, replacing Auckland. Since then Wellington’s international profile has continued to grow, with the city now described by Lonely Planet as ‘The Coolest Little Capital in the World’. As the world’s southernmost capital city, Wellington’s economy relies heavily on the busy port and airport, which has boosted business travel by 4% pa1 .
Wellington has been described as ‘The Coolest Little Capital in the World’
With a number of tourist attractions including Cuba Street, Lambton Quay, Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary plus a collection of museums and government buildings filled with history there is plenty to see, do and eat between meetings. You’ll never be caught short for business lunch locations as Wellington is host to over 400 cafes and restaurants, which on a per person basis rivals that of New York City.
Also known as ‘Wellywood’, a tribute to the film production business established by Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson many celebrities have been sighted in Wellington whilst filming his movies. And, with a growing film industry further boosting the local economy, Wellington is becoming increasingly popular with business travellers.
Check out our top Wellington hotel recommendations for business travellers below.
Sofitel Wellington – AccorHotels
Surrounded by lush Botanical Gardens, the Sofitel is a beautiful reflection of Wellington with an injection of French elegance. Located in the CBD, a short 20-minute car ride from the airport, the Sofitel is ideally placed in Wellington’s business and government hub. Opening in 2016, it was the first five-star international luxury hotel in the region. Oozing French style, the interior features a vintage-feel gold and bronze hue, flowing through into the elevators that take guests to the three meeting rooms on the first floor, then upwards to the guest rooms.
Wellington International Airport: 9.9km, 20 minute drive
Closest bus: 90m, 1 minute walk
InterContinental Wellington – InterContinental Hotel Group
Featuring stunning harbour views, the InterContinental Wellington delivers a touch of luxury just a stone’s throw from the waterfront. Catering to the business traveller, with a team who provide seamless and personal service, the hotel features a 24-hour business centre, a courier service, secretarial services and more. The star of the show is the award-winning Chameleon Restaurant, leading the Wellington dining scene and presenting quality New Zealand cuisine.
Wellington International Airport: 9.0km, 16 minute drive
Closest bus: 170m, 2 minute walk
Novotel Wellington – AccorHotels
A relaxing oasis located in the heart of the CBD, the Novotel is spoilt with harbour views and features modern, crisp rooms. The Novotel Wellington offers a business centre and secretarial service on-site for the business traveller and its location, within the museum district, is a short walk from the CBD. The Caucus Bar and Restaurant located on site features a wide range of contemporary New Zealand cuisine, including a buffet breakfast, all day dining and a la carte dinner. The modern rooms include an ensuite, ergonomic work area, LCD TV and WiFi access plus access to the fitness centre.
Wellington International Airport: 9.3km, 17-minute drive
Closest bus: Directly in front of the hotel
QT Museum Wellington – Event Hotels
Indulge in cool curated luxury at the QT Museum and spoil your quirky artistic side in a hotel that houses over 160 original pieces of artworks from both local and national artists. Paired perfectly with the eccentric visuals, treat the tastebuds at the French-inspired Hippopotamus or at Hot Sauce, a Korean/Japanese street food mashup. Moving into the luxurious rooms filled with features such as 42-inch TV, Bose sound system, Nespresso coffee machine, ensuite, access to the spa, sauna, gym and lap pool, plus a fully stocked mini bar (including chocolates), emergency bottle opener, a pack of cards and a bowtie! The QT Wellington also offers bespoke meeting options, where modern technology meets art, and fully serviced private dining areas in which you can host guests in a secluded setting, perfect for private discussion.
Wellington International Airport: 7.9km, 13-minute drive
Closest bus: 210m, 3 minute walk
Rydges Wellington – Event Hotels
Catering to both business and leisure travellers, Rydges is located in downtown Wellington providing guests with the perfect location to visit the numerous local attractions. Home to the award-winning Portlander Bar & Grill and boasting state-of-the-art facilities, Rydges has the potential to host up to 250 guests, covering all your event needs. The rooms and suites are large and stylish, flooded with natural light from full-length windows and all the rooms feature a work desk, LCD TV and free WiFi plus a laptop-sized safe.
Wellington International Airport: 9.3km, 17 minute drive
Closest bus: 250m, 3 minute walk
Travelodge Hotel Wellington – TFE Hotels
A home away from home, the Travelodge is minimalism at its finest, with everything you need without the unnecessary extras. Relax whilst working at the in-room desk with views of the harbour and take advantage of 24-hour in-room dining. Take a break and venture down to the bar for a drink or explore the close by Wellington Waterfront. The rooms are simple yet comfortable including free WiFi, flat-screen TV and coffee machine.
Wellington International Airport: 9.6km, 18 minute drive
Closest bus: 350m, 6 minute walk
Quality Hotel Wellington – Choice Hotel Group
Located on Wellington’s iconic Cuba Street, CQ Hotel is full of character and exudes a cool, chic feel. As a part of the CQ Hotel Wellington, it is located next to the Comfort Hotel with both hotels meeting in the middle at the state-of-the-art CQ Conference and Function Centre. They also share the CQ Restaurant, Bar and Cafe and a fitness centre. A vision of luxury with business functionality the rooms feature a spacious work desk, LCD TV, Espresso Coffee Machine and full floor to ceiling windows.
Wellington International Airport: 7.9km, 15 minute drive
Closest bus: 280m, 4 minute walk
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