Hotels

CoNZealand is going virtual

Status as of 7.30pm, 25/03/20

With the convention having gone virtual, we recognise that there are two travel-related tasks that members will need to accomplish.

The first is cancelling your hotel rooms.  For reservations made outside the block, the cancellation mechanism is between you and whatever booking method you used. 

For reservations in the block, the information is as follows:

With the exception of the Doubletree, and non-cancellable rates at hotels in the Village Group (Boulcott Suites, Astelia Apartments, Willis Village, and Aspect Apartments), all reservations are fully cancellable until 60 days beforehand— late May— and credit card guarantees should not have already been charged. We are working to see if we can ask the hotels to cancel all reservations within the group block. If not, or if you wish to do so before we have answers on that, you can cancel your individual reservation at no charge.

We are working with the exceptions listed above to see how much we can arrange for you to recover.

We also recognise that you will need to cancel your airline reservations. Since CoNZealand was not involved with this, we have no advice to give on how to recover any money paid to your transportation provider(s).  We note that the airlines all have different rules on cancellation due to the virus and government restrictions, and those rules are constantly changing. All we can suggest is that you stay in touch with your carrier, and see what can be done to recover funds paid.

Hotels

Ibis Wellington special offers. 

  • 153 Featherston St Wellington 6011
  • $199/night – standard queen or twin room
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations after that.

Novotel Wellington website.

  • 133 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
  • $249/night – superior king or twin room
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations after that.

Note that the entrance on the map to the Novotel does not show an elevator that runs from Lambton Quay, and cuts out a steep walk to the hotel.

Sofitel Wellington website. 

  • 11 Bolton St Wellington 6011
  • $319/night – classic / Superior Queen
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations after that.

Grand Mercure website. 

  • 345 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • $249/night— superior king or twin room
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment must be made in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations are possible after that.
  • Some accessible rooms are available; however, this venue is not particularly close to the TSB Arena/Shed 6 or MFC. Mail access-hotels@conzealand.nz for more details.

Mercure Apartments website.

  • $189/night – studio rooms/queen
  • $219/night – bedroom/queen
  • 130 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6142
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment must be made in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations are possible after that.
  • Accessible rooms available – grab bars, roll in shower, high toilet, foldaway seat in shower. 

Mercure Abel Tasman website.

  • $189/night – standard room
  • 169 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • One of the Accor group of hotels. Payment must be made in full at 60 days in advance, and no cancellations are possible after that.
  • Not accessible.

Intercontinental Hotel website.

Five deluxe twins also available (not showing on website), please email housing@conzealand.nz to request. One booking per person only, we expect these to book quickly.

  • 2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011
  • $279/night – Standard room
  • $369/night – Deluxe room
  • $459/night – Club level room (includes access to their lounge)
  • $536/night – City View Club King 
  • Non-club rates are room-only (club rates have breakfast in the club) — breakfast is generally available for, currently, $27/person. 
  • The booking period at the Intercontinental ends 60 days before the con. 
  • Rooms can be cancelled up to 30 days before the con. 

James Cook Grand Chancellor website.

If calling the hotel, the group booking code is 327097.

  • 147 The Terrace Wellington 6011
  • $250— all rooms
  • There are no accessible rooms at the hotel at present.
  • Rooms are cancellable until 30 days in advance. After this date, the full amount is charged. The booking period for the James Cook ends 60 days before CoNZealand starts.

This hotel is accessible via an elevator from the Lambton Quay area that avoids the steep climb.

Call or e-mail only:

New Zealand 0800 731 444

International +64 4 473 1440

email form: https://www.westplaza.co.nz/contact

Use code 453179

  • 110 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011
  • $185/night for 4 nights or fewer
  • $175/night for 5 or more nights. 
  • Reservations here can only be made by emailing or calling the hotel directly. Use the code above to get the convention rates.
  • West Plaza may charge the credit card initially for one night’s deposit. The entire stay will be charged on 29 May, although it is partially refundable for a month after that.
  • Rooms cancelled between 30 and 60 days before the stay will be charged one night’s booking. 
  • At the 30 day point, the charge is for the entire reserved period.

There is a surcharge of $40/night/person for more than 2 occupants per room.

You may need to leave a number or contact details as the booking cannot be handled by the front desk and is done by the office staff.

Doubletree website.

  • 28 Grey Street, Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011
  • Discount code is 15% off Best Available rate. The rate is good from Fri, 24 July up to 07 August.
  • Bookings will close 29 May. All bookings must be paid in full at time of booking, and are not cancellable or amendable. 

City Life Apartments website.

Use code SCIFI78

  • 300 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011
  • $229/night – studio, with one queen bed
  • $259/night – one bedroom executive, with a queen bed and full kitchenette
  • $309/night – two bedroom executive, with one queen bed in each bedroom
  • $309/night – two bedroom executive with a queen in one bedroom and two singles in the other
  • $369/night two bedroom Director Suite, larger than Executive, and two en-suite bathrooms (some with two queens, and some with a queen and two singles).
  • Deposit is full payment at time of reservation, and rooms must be cancelled at least 7 days in advance or the entire stay will be charged. 
  • To cancel a reservation, contact the hotel  7 days prior to the date of arrival to avoid a cancellation fee. Should a cancellation be received after or within 7 days a charge equal to the entire stay will be levied.

Village Group website.

Use code ConZealand2020 (applies to all below)

Boulcott Suites (Village Group)

  • 5 O’Reily Ave, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • One of the Village group of hotels, and the code gives you 15% off Best Available rate. 
  • Shoulder nights (26-28 July, and 3-5 August) included.
  • Some semi-accessible rooms.
  • All rooms have kitchen facilities.
  • No guests after 9pm, meaning this venue is not suitable for private parties.

Astelia Apartments (Village Group)

There are some rooms in the block available for check-in starting July 28, and check out August 4. They are all advance purchase rate only- you pay up front and they are non-cancellable. All the rooms allowing cancellations are now sold out. 

  • 156 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • One of the Village group of hotels, and the code gives you 15% off Best Available rate. 
  • Shoulder nights (26-28 July, and 3-5 August) included.
  • Some semi-accessible rooms.
  • All rooms have kitchen facilities.
  • No guests after 9pm, meaning this venue is not suitable for private parties.

Willis Village (Village Group) [SOLD OUT]

  • 142 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • One of the Village group of hotels, and the code gives you 15% off Best Available rate. 
  • Shoulder nights (26-28 July, and 3-5 August) included.
  • All rooms have kitchen facilities.
  • No guests after 9pm, meaning this venue is not suitable for private parties.

Aspect Apartments  (Village Group) [LIMITED SPACE LEFT]

  • 22 Brandon St, Wellington 6011
  • One of the Village group of hotels, and the code gives you 15% off Best Available rate.
  • Shoulder nights (26-28 July, and 3-5 August) included. 
  • All rooms have kitchen facilities
  • No guests after 9pm, meaning this venue is not suitable for private parties.

Rydges website.

(NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS OR MOBIES)

  • 75 Featherston St, Pipitea, Wellington 6011
  • $249/night— superior room with 1 breakfast ($279 with 2 breakfasts)
  • $279/night— city view with 1 breakfast ($299 with 2 breakfasts)
  • $309/night— deluxe harbour view with 1 breakfast ($339 with 2 breakfasts)
  • $329/night— superior king suite with 1 breakfast ($359 with 2 breakfasts)
  • $369/night— deluxe king suite with 1 breakfast ($399 with 2 breakfasts)
  • Convention rate bookings must be made before 60 days before the convention.  Cancellation is free prior to 60 days, and any cancellation after that will incur a fee equal to the whole stay.

There are a number of hotels that have rooms with support for those with reduced mobility, as outlined below.

 

Intercontinental Hotel (closest to the TSB Arena/Shed 6) 

All deluxe (50) and club rooms (25) are accessible, with roll in showers. However, not all have grab bars – please specify if you need these in your booking. Shower stools can also be provided. Standard rooms at this hotel have tub showers.

 

West Plaza Hotel (closest to the MFC) 

There are 6 accessible rooms, which are fully accessible with roll in showers. There are fire doors in the hotel corridors which swing both ways, and can be pushed open by a mobie. Other rooms at this hotel have a mixture of lip and tub showers.

 

Ibis Hotel (close to the Intercontinental Hotel) 

There are 9 accessible rooms with roll in showers. Other rooms at this hotel have a mixture of lip and tub showers.

 

Novotel Hotel

6 accessible rooms with roll in showers. Other rooms at this hotel have a mixture of lip and tub showers.

 

Sofitel

6 accessible rooms with roll in showers.

 

Doubletree

A number of accessible rooms with walk-in showers, however the elevator is not wide enough to fit a mobility scooter (mobie) through the doors, and as a heritage listed building, the hotel is unable to modify this. This hotel is suitable for those with only a mild mobility impairment (e.g. cane / crutches / walker) or possibly a narrow manual wheelchair, but definitely unsuitable for standard width wheelchair / mobie users.

 

Mercure Apartments

A number of accessible rooms with roll in showers, grab bars and wall attached foldable shower seat.

 

All the hotels have fridges, but many charge a fee (varying from $5 – $10) to have the mini-bar items cleared from the fridge. None of these hotels have kitchen facilities (microwave, etc). See below for apartments.

 

When you book with the hotel, it will be important to note your specific access requirements – eg mobie access / walk in shower / roll in shower / grab bars / etc, so the hotel can best match you with a suitable room.

Kitchen Facilities

All the hotels have fridges, but many charge a fee (varying from $5 – $10) to have the mini-bar items cleared from the fridge.

 

Of the hotels only the City Life has kitchen facilities, with some one bedroom executive rooms containing a queen bed and full kitchenette. 

 

There are several serviced apartment options, all with kitchen facilities, however none of these are considered fully accessible due to the approach (steps / uneven hill) or lack of onsite personnel. They may be suitable for those with a mild mobility impairment (e.g. cane / crutches) but we consider them generally unsuitable for wheelchair / mobie users. If you require both wheelchair / mobie access and kitchen facilities, please reply to let us know and we can give you more specific information about the mobility issues with each of these, for you to judge their suitability for you.

 

The Village Group Apartment options with kitchens that we have a discounted rate with are:

  • Boulcott Suites (all rooms)
  • Astelia (all rooms)
  • Willis Village (all rooms)
  • Aspect  (all rooms)

If you have any questions/issues regarding the above information, please contact us at housing@conzealand.nz