With 280 rooms, the Rydges (Holiday Inn) is Wellington’s biggest hotel, and was the first new hotel to be built in the city in 12 years.
As the first hotel to reopen in Christchurch’s Red Zone, the return of the Ibis hotel was a hugely positive step for Christchurch.
Earthquake damage from the February 2011 earthquake closed the Novotel hotel. The seismic reinstatement of the hotel was highly innovative in its approach.
The concept for the Novotel Palmerston North was to take a three storey, 1927 heritage building, The Carlton Hotel, and add to it to provide modern guest facilities to compliment the original features.