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• Location to Airport
• Brand New & Refurbished facilities
• 9 flexible venues able to host up to 340 guests
• 88 Brand New Executive Rooms & Suites
• 160 Free Car Parks
5 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT
EXPERIENCE THE NEW SUDIMA CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT
and conferencing ability has
received a serious boost with
the completion of a $25 million
redevelopment of Sudima Christchurch Airport.
The two-year project has made the hotel
one of the largest conferencing facilities in
The iconic hotel, which opened in 1966 as
the White Heron Hotel, has long been a
favourite temporary home among visiting
dignitaries, international bands, Antarctic
explorers and domestic travellers.
Acquired by the Jhunjhnuwala family in
1999, the hotel was re-branded as Sudima
Christchurch Airport and became the first
member of the Sudima Hotels and Resorts
More than a landmark, it is a place of fond
memories for visitors and staff, with a sense
of family at its core.
If the hotel’s walls could talk, Sudima
Christchurch Airport’s conference attendant
Gordon McRory would be their voice.
“Working in travel, you get a constant flow
of people – it keeps you fresh. I’ve had
various roles in my 35 years working at the
hotel and these hotel walls have housed
many great guests,” he says.
“I remember sitting in the hotel bar and
chatting with David Lange about our mutual
love of motor racing as he drank water and
smoked a cigar. I’ve personally delivered breakfast to Helen Clark in her room on her many
stays with us. And over the years we’ve been the temporary abode of many international
musical acts, such as The Police.
“What I love most is getting to know the international Antarctic teams who base themselves
with us year after year while they prepare for their long stays on the frozen continent.”
Sudima Christchurch Airport’s $25 million redevelopment was staged over two phases, the
first of which was completed in late July 2015 and comprised an entire new wing of 88 new
rooms – 68 executive rooms and 20 suites.
The second phase (a new façade, lobby bar and restaurant, and refurbished and expanded
conferencing facilities capable of hosting up to host up to 300 in theatre-style) is now complete,
drawing a close to the hotel’s lengthy construction project.
However, the hotel still has further refurbishment work in its sights for the near future, and is
actively seeking investment opportunities in other New Zealand regions.
Jan Kivell, short course and programme manager at the NZ Institute of Highway Technology
hosts short courses at least a couple of times a month and has trusted the services of Sudima
Christchurch Airport for several years.
“We always go to Sudima, even during the two-year development project as we know and
trust the team will deliver. There is never any guessing,” she says.
“The facility, food, technology and rooms are perfect for our needs and the refurbishment is
an added bonus.”
Sudima Hotels and Resorts chief executive, Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala says, “Sudima
Christchurch Airport is significant not only to us, but to the community.”
“We have built a strong family-focused team and I’m proud of what they have achieved in
recent years, particularly in their tireless support of the many thousands of people displaced by
the devastating 2011 earthquake. For three days at the height of the emergency, the hotel was
a temporary home to 3000 guests, as we provided food and shelter to those awaiting flights out
of the city.
“The Sudima group is committed to Christchurch, and the current rate of local development
shows that Christchurch means business. We see our investment as vital to the region’s economic
growth as Canterbury regains its leisure and corporate travel foothold during the rebuild. Sudima
Christchurch Airport was one of the few hotels left after the earthquakes, and with conferencing
facilities at very low levels, our expansion has been warmly welcomed by the industry.” m
The Garden City’s gateway and a favoured stopover for Antarctic explorers
the Sudima Christchurch Airport – has undergone a stunning makeover.
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