First voco Hotel in New Zealand

New Zealand has welcomed its first voco hotel today with the highly anticipated launch of voco Auckland City Centre, a brand new, state-of-the-art hotel in the heart of Auckland.

A joint partnership between Pro-invest Hotels and IHG Hotels & Resorts, the launch of the new hotel is the voco brand’s first foray into New Zealand, signalling its continued plans for global expansion.

Ideally located in the centre of Auckland on the corner of Albert and Wyndham Street, voco Auckland City Centre is part of a dual-tower development housing the 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre, which is due to open later this month.

Overlooking the bustling streets of Auckland, the vibrantly playful hotel mixes premium essentials with indulgent touches to deliver 201 spacious rooms and suites in voco’s warm signature style. Each of the stylishly appointed guestrooms and suites offer plush, sustainable bedding with cocoon-like comfort, hand-picked artworks, intelligent in-room technology and stylish marble bathrooms equipped with eco-conscious rain showers and amenities from Antipodes.

Designed by Sydney-based interior architecture practice Richards Stanisich, the new guestrooms and suites flaunt a moody palette of deep blues and charcoal greys complemented by splashes of the signature voco yellow, warm timber tones with brass accents. With walls adorned with unique artworks, the rooms offer guests a tranquil place to unwind.

voco Auckland City Centre’s cosy ground floor all-day Italian trattoria, Mozzarella & Co serves a-la-carte and buffet breakfast, artisan pizzas and pasta for lunch and dinner, alongside a boutique wine list, beers and cocktails.

Set to open in mid-June, the hotel’s rooftop destination, Bar Albert, has taken the title of New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar. The glamorous Art Deco-inspired bar will showcase an open deck and moody, lavish interiors enticing guests to enjoy a sip either inside or out.

Fraser McKenzie, Area General Manager, New Zealand at Pro-invest Hotels, shared that the debut of the voco brand in the New Zealand market indicates a positive upturn in travel as travellers from overseas enters the country.

“As one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings of the year, the launch of voco Auckland City Centre marks an exciting period of growth for the voco brand as we see an influx of travellers returning to New Zealand,” he said.

“A stay at voco Auckland City Centre is all about indulgent accommodation with a refreshing twist. We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the fun, unique hallmarks of this property with our guests.”

According to Shantha de Silva, Chief Operating Officer, Pro-invest Hotels, the new hotel also signals an increasing demand for new accommodation options in Auckland.

“We’re thrilled to be opening the first voco property in New Zealand and believe it’s a positive sign of the travel industry regaining momentum. It also highlights Pro-invest Hotel’s significant growth with several new hotels opening in the next two months,” said Shantha.

voco Auckland City Centre will have world-famous Kiwi charm on full display as the hotel’s voco hosts welcome and attend to the needs of every guest. Each guest will receive a thoughtfully crafted voco welcome treat to give them a taste of the Auckland locale. Guests can further experience a voco life at voco Auckland City Centre with community spaces, bars, and lounges anytime.

The new voco hotel also makes an ideal destination for conferences, meetings and events with five flexible meeting rooms available in addition to Bar Albert and Mozzarella & Co., which offer additional space for hosting less formal, social functions.

Designed with the environment in mind, voco Auckland City Centre seeks to obtain a Level 3/Level 4 Green Engage certificate by implementing several sustainable initiatives. For example, plush bedding filled with 100 percent recycled materials, filtered drinking water in guestrooms, aerated showerheads that minimise water usage, and refillable Antipodes amenities in the bathrooms to reduce plastic waste by up to 80 percent.

To celebrate the grand opening of voco Auckland City Centre, the hotel is currently offering guests a ‘voco Life’ package. The package is available for bookings and stays until 12 August 2022 and includes overnight accommodation, complimentary breakfast for two, an upgrade on arrival with guaranteed views, a complimentary voco cocktail, and a bespoke welcome treat.