IHG signs New Zealand's first Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo Auckland, New Zealand. Photo credit: InterContinental Hotels Group(Image: InterContinental Hotels Group)

New Zealand’s first Hotel Indigo is coming to Auckland in 2021, following IHG's signing of an deal with Australasian property developer and investor Ninety Four Feet.  

The 225-room Hotel Indigo Auckland will be part of a mixed-use development in Auckland Central. The hotel will share the property with food and beverage and residential facilities. The new-build development is expected to be one of Auckland’s tallest buildings while maintaining the façade of the original building.
“Hotel Indigo is one of our fastest growing brands globally and, closer to home, Hotel Indigo Auckland will be the fifth signing in Australasia. We’re so excited to open one of the first globally-branded boutique hotels in Auckland, creating a destination for travelers, who are looking for a local experience, with the security and amenity of a global brand,” Abhijay Sandilya, senior director of development for Australasia at IHG, said in a statement.

Hotel Indigo Auckland will be near corporate demand generators, including Sky Tower, the new NZ International Convention Centre, Sky City Casino, central business district office buildings and the entertainment district Britomart and Viaduct.

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The Hotel Indigo brand's expansion across Australia and New Zealand has accelerated in 2018. Hotel Indigo Auckland is the brand's third signing in 2018 in this part of Asia-Pacific and the fifth in total. The new location's signing follows Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Sydney’s Central precinct, Melbourne’s Docklands and Melbourne’s Little Collins Street. 

IHG also recently signed Japan’s second Hotel Indigo with Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu), scheduled to open in the second half of 2021. The 150-room Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen will be Inuyama’s first internationally branded hotel, following the rebranding of the existing Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel. The property originally opened in 1965. 

IHG has a portfolio of 47 hotels operating under four brands in Asia-Pacific, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Twelve of these properties operate under the Hotel Indigo brand across Asia in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, China and Taiwan. An additional 19 hotel projects are in IHG's global pipeline, including Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley and Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands.