Sofitel Wellington, New Zealand.

Sofitel operates Wellington, New Zealand’s first international five-star hotel in more than a decade.

Located on The Terrace, Sofitel Wellington features 14 storeys and 129 rooms and suites.

The $NZ51 million development was the third Sofitel hotel in New Zealand, joining the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and Sofitel Queenstown  Hotel and Spa.

Sitting between two of Wellington’s iconic landmarks, the Botanical Gardens and the executive wing of the New Zealand Parliament buildings commonly known as ‘The Beehive’ the hotel boasts suites in vintage gold and bronze tones and complimentary wifi for multiple devices.

It also has a gymnasium, the Jardin Grill restaurant and state-of-the-art technology in three meeting and event venues.

AccorHotels, said the Sofitel Wellington had helped elevate the city’s international profile and appeal as a leisure and business destination.

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New Zealand hotel upgrade

A multi-million dollar upgrade has transformed the luxurious Sofitel hotel and spa in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The project which included a new bar, event room, executive lounge and French-style bistro, represented a substantial investment in one of New Zealand’s best known visitor destinations.

A hotel spokesman said the project had transformed the ground floor of the centrally-located Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, including the popular Left Bank Cafe.

Enjoy breakfast at Left Bank Cafe, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Queenstown is an alpine resort on the shore of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s south island.

The town is set against the dramatic Southern Alps and the surrounding Central Otago region is known for adventure sports and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards.

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa offers 70 Superior and Luxury rooms; 10 Prestige Suites; two Penthouse Suites; and an acclaimed spa.

Photos courtesy AccorHotels

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Puka Park resort gets luxury makeover

A New Zealand treehouse resort is capturing the imagination of travellers following an acclaimed makeover.Royal Puka Apartment - Bedroom with ensuite

Grand Mercure’s Puka Park resort, south east of Auckland, features 48 chalets and public areas offering comfort and luxury.

Seclusion and luxury

Set in 25 acres of pristine native bush above Pauanui Beach, the Grand Mercure Puka Park is close enough to Auckland to cater for international travellers, yet is secluded and peaceful.

Kauri Chalet with Queen beddingThe resort says its treehouse chalets feature fashionable fabrics, occasional furniture and accessories, to provide visitors with “the ambiance of a mountain lodge”.

“Bathrooms are sleek and well fitted out, with extensive use of stone, luxurious showers and, in some rooms, large free-standing baths.

Chalets among the trees

“These chalets in the trees are something to see and experience.

“The wood fire in the main lounge will continue to be a feature, while the addition of a fireplace in the restaurant will add to the overall dining experience.Tawa Treehut-2

“For groups the private dining area within the restaurant, lined by wall-mounted wine racks, will provide an intimate space for group dining”.

Other facilities at Grand Mercure Puka Park resort include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing areas nearby.

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As well as the new levels of luxury and comfort, Grand Mercure Puka Park resort maintains its well known forest and beach tranquility, while being close to New Zealand attractions such as Hot Water Beach and the popular cycling area known as the Hauraki Rail Trail.

The resort can be contacted  by telephoning 07 864 8088 or by emailing

* Photographs provided

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