InterContinental brand debuts in Auckland

i By January 30, 2024 No Comments

InterContinental Auckland opened today, marking the brand’s debut in New Zealand’s largest city.

The 139-key property is located on the waterfront of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour at One Queen Street. It anchors the $1 billion NZD Commercial Bay lifestyle precinct, which is also home to the city’s latest upscale office, retail, social, and dining hub.

InterContintental Auckland’s guestrooms and suites, the majority of which deliver scenic city and water views, are set on the 6th to 11th floors. Each room features a Whariki (woven panel), selected by Beronia Scott and Te Pūawai Ōrākei Marae, the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei weaving collective, helping guests embrace the locale’s unique culture.

This embrace of local culture is also evidenced in the property’s comprehensive art collection curated by Coupland Cormack, which prioritizes local and Iwi artists, with a heavy influence on Māori culture. The hotel lobby is adorned with a feature installation designed by international contemporary artist, Nike Savvas, while photos by New Zealand artist, Fiona Pardington, are displayed in each room.

The property’s on-site restaurant, Advieh Restaurant & Bar, was created in partnership with internationally-renowned chef, Gareth Stewart. The all-day dining destination presents a contemporary twist on Middle Eastern inspired cuisine – “Advieh” means “spice” in Persian – while showcasing the country’s finest produce.

Beyond the restaurant itself, Advieh will influence the hotel’s Club InterContinental lounge (opening in June 2024) as well as the hotel’s in-room dining menu. Menu items, including the new “Nourish Bowls,” bring to life the brand’s commitment to delivering intentional flexibility by offering guests a range of nutritionally balanced, science-based dishes that reflect differing guest needs throughout the day.

In addition to the food and beverage programs, InterContinental has also introduced a range of scientifically backed solutions to help reduce fatigue, including complimentary access to Timeshifter, a jet lag app which enables all guests to use the latest circadian science to adjust quickly to new time zones.

IHG Hotels & Resorts reports that the hotel will open a 24-hour fitness center with direct access to Commercial Bay, which is home to some of the country’s most premium retail outlets. In addition, a rooftop bar will open later this year on the hotel’s 21st floor. It will be independently-owned by hospitality experts, Five Fellas.

InterContinental Auckland is a 30-minute drive from Auckland Airport.