Hotel Indigo Plans New Zealand Debut

Opening in 2021, Hotel Indigo Auckland is one of many new hotels that are coming to New Zealand amid increased tourism demand

Famous filmmakers have known about New Zealand for years. The Lord of the RingsThe Chronicles of NarniaKing Kong, The Last Samurai   and Avatar all were filmed there. Hollywood isn't the only one having a Kiwi love affair, however. More and more, travelers also are discovering the Pacific nation. In fact, the country projects that Auckland alone will require up to 4,000 new hotel rooms by 2025 in order to keep up with current demand.

To satiate travelers' growing appetite for New Zealand, global hoteliers are developing new properties there that will help the country keep up with visitor demand. The latest, for example, is InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), whose Hotel Indigo brand announced today that it will open its first New Zealand hotel in Auckland in 2021.

Hotel Indigo Auckland will feature 225 guest rooms -- many of which will boast views of Auckland's iconic harbor -- as well as an all-day restaurant and bar, an unspecified amount of meeting space and a gym. It will be part of a mixed-use development in Auckland's central business district, where it will become one of the city's tallest buildings by building a brand-new structure around an existing historic building whose original façade will be maintained and integrated with the new building.

"Hotel Indigo is one of our fastest growing brands globally and, closer to home, Hotel Indigo Auckland will be the fifth signing in Australasia. We're so excited to open one of the first globally-branded boutique hotels in Auckland, creating a destination for travelers who are looking for a local experience, with the security and amenity of a global brand," said Abhijay Sandilya, IHG's senior director of development for Australasia.

Added Dean Rzechta, managing director at Ninety Four Feet Property Development, the hotel's developer: "Auckland is becoming recognized as one of the world's key gateway cities, and is consistently one of the top 10 most livable in the world. Its rich arts and culture scene makes it a great fit for a boutique brand, and we can't think of a better match than Hotel Indigo. This development is destined to become an iconic landmark on the Auckland landscape, and with robust tourism arrivals and unprecedented demand we are confident that Hotel Indigo Auckland will be a story of success."

Read about four other new and forthcoming hotels that are poised to help New Zealand meet the "unprecedented demand" of which Rzechta speaks at