Rydges Wellington Airport
With great eateries, bars, shopping, art, architecture and stunning views over Lyall Bay, Wellington Airport is increasingly becoming a destination in its right, or at least a pretty good preview of for what’s to come during your stay in Wellington.
A plane spotters' paradise
If you know your Airbus from your Boeing then you’ll be in heaven when you open your curtains at Rydges Wellington Airport to see one rolling by on the runaway. For the rest of us, you’ll be pleased that your room has full vacuum double-glazing which makes for a very silent night. The hotel has direct access from the international terminal for an easy stroll to your gate in the morning.
As well as stunning views out over the runaway towards Lyall Bay, the views inside the rooms at this four-star-rated hotel are stunning, too. There’s a soothing cocoon-like quality to the rooms, with an earthy colour palette with pops of granite and cushy crushed velvet cushions. You’ll be kicking off your shoes and yawning before you know it.
If you’re just passing through Wellington or perhaps you have some time before a late-night flight, the hotel helpfully offers a day rate. Have a nap and a shower, maybe even watch a movie and order room service, before you hop on your plane.
The lobby is filled with vibrant and engaging artworks by local and New Zealand artists – including striking sculpture by local poet and artist Sam Duckor-Jones.
A series of commissioned black-and-white photograph showcasing notable and interesting New Zealand locations are hung throughout the hotel rooms and halls, adding a unique sense of place to the hotel.
Outside, planes are taxiing, taking off and landing just metres away, but inside your room it’s perfectly peaceful and silent.
India Lopez, Kia Ora, October 2019
Echo alfa tango (eat)
Whiskey Lima Golf – WLG in radiotelephone spelling alphabet – is the hotel’s restaurant that’s open for breakfast, dinner and everything in between, all served in the sleek and relaxed space with a view of the runway.
With a focus on showcasing local produce and suppliers, Whiskey Lima Golf serves up familiar cuisine, done well. From pizza, pasta and fish and chips to everything in between, there is something on the menu sure to please everyone.
If you’re booked on the bright and early red-eye morning flight, you’ll be pleased to hear that breakfast is served from 4:30am with plenty of freshly brewed local coffee.
On your doorstep
Wellington CBD is a 15-minute drive away but if you feel like sticking close by to the airport, head to nearby Lyall Bay for a walk on the beach and brunch at one of the seaside cafés (Maranui is a favourite with locals and visitors alike).
Weta Workshop is also close – take a Studio Tour and visit the Weta Cave for a taste of Wellywood movie magic.
Services & facilities
|Lift/elevator, Sky TV, TV/DVD, free movies on TV's, linen provided, 24 hour reception, air conditioning|
Food & drink
|Restaurant, bar/lounge, mini-fridge, mini-bar, tea & coffee facilities|