Concrete plans for hotel development

It was a significant sign of progress when 137 concrete trucks were on site for one day, even though it won't be the largest concrete pour for the hotel development.

Novotel Christchurch Airport is well and truly underway behind the big hoardings you see at the end of the international arrivals area, with about 24 workers on site every day, working steadily towards opening the completed hotel in December 2017.

We're investing around $80 million in land and improvements to build a 200 room, 4.5 star hotel to support Christchurch, Canterbury and South Island tourism, as a result of requests from our airline partners for increased short-term airport accommodation.

Many of our Asian flights arrive in the evening, bringing visitors who have been flying for 12 hours or more. They want to rest before starting to explore the South Island and expect to be able to do that near the airport.

Corporate and leisure travellers arrive here on trans-Tasman flights late at night, some around midnight, or leave early in the morning. In both cases, they expect to be able to stay overnight on the airport campus, within walking distance of the terminal. From the end of next year, many more will be able to do that.

The hotel is owned by the airport company (CIAL) and will be operated under the Accor Hotels' Novotel Brand.