LAST year saw several new hotels and resorts open in New Zealand, including Accor’s Novotel Christchurch Airport, which officially welcomed its first guests in November, delivering a “sophisticated accommodation option” for the increasing number of tourists visiting the island country.

The $80 million 4.5-star hotel, located next to the terminal of NZ’s second largest airport just 15 minutes from Christchurch’s city centre, offers 200 guestrooms, a restaurant and lobby bar, fully equipped gymnasium, car parking, kids’ corner, wi-fi and 10 conference and function spaces. With floor-to-ceiling windows that display panoramic views of the runway and Southern Alps, the top floor is the hotel’s crowning feature, and it’s also where you will find the Food Exchange, a social hub that serves up dishes crafted from locally sourced produce, and the Tekapo conference room, which can accommodate up to 260 guests.

“This is a stunning development and certainly not your average airport hotel. Accor is very proud to have answered the call from international tourists seeking new hotel product at the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island,” said Senior Vice President Operations for Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar.

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