Some of the larger projects under construction are the 130-room Sofitel in Customs St, Auckland; a 73-room extension to Ibis Budget at Auckland Airport; the 130-room Sofitel, Wellington; a 270-room hotel for 165 Cashel St, Christchurch; a 200-room hotel for Victoria Square, Christchurch; a 100-room Novotel for New Plymouth; a 44-room Ramada Suites for Christchurch; a 40-room extension to Sudima Hotel in Christchurch; and the 130-room Distinction Hotel in Dunedin.
The Ibis Budget extension is scheduled for completion this year while the remainder of the hotel projects have openings next year - except for Victoria Square, Christchurch, which has a 2016 opening.
The Forsyth Barr Tower in Christchurch has been sold to a local consortium which is converting the building to a 4.5-star upscale hotel of about 200 rooms.
Best news I've heard all day! And it opens next year! I'll have to check out the views once it opens.
IHG set for mid-scale hotel brand expansion in New ZealandThe new Holiday Inn Express Christchurch hotel, set to open late 2018, will sit conveniently in the Christchurch CBD and a mere 100 metres from the new convention centre due to open in 2019. The property will also be within reach of “The Frame”, a large green space featuring cafes and restaurants, cycle paths, walkways and large landscaped areas for festivals and events. IHG also has a Crowne Plaza hotel currently under construction in Christchurch due to open mid-2017.