InterContinental Wellington, New Zealand

by Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jason Eade was born in a small town in the South Island of New Zealand. He started his hospitality career at InterContinental Wellington in 2000 and, having been inducted into the Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand in 2006, Jason took on the role of Chief Concierge in 2012. In a former life, he was an avid sportsman and winner of four NZ Boxing Championships with his sights set on Olympic gold. But his life was turned upside down in 1991 by a motorcycle accident and the loss of a leg. Still, he went on to achieve his Olympic dream by carrying the Olympic torch on its national journey through the UK as part of IHG’s Olympic partnership, in 2012. He has also been very fortunate to have been named Concierge Of The Year at the HM Awards in both 2012 and 2015. He loves New Zealand and, in particular, Wellington. Let’s join Jason for his top tips for enjoying the capital city…

Jason Eade.

Most popular request…

Guidance for activities throughout the city and restaurant recommendations are the most popular guest requests, particularly with the extensive array of dining options available with more eateries per capita in Wellington than New York. This is also a favourite request of mine as it enables me to take the time to get to know the guest and their preferences, to provide a recommendation that will resonate with them and ensure a memorable experience.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…  

My favourite activity when enjoying a day off is golf and, whilst there are 18 great golf courses throughout the Wellington region, my locale is the Royal Wellington Golf Club located just north of the city. A fantastic, diverse course that is enjoyable for all, yet challenging for even the most experienced golfer.

InterContinental Post Office Square.

Best coffee…                                              

A moment’s walk from the hotel entrance is the chic and sophisticated Two Grey Bar and Brasserie which is famous for its extensive latte menu and coconut milk flat whites made with coffee from Supreme Coffee – a local coffee roaster. I also strongly recommend Café Lafarre which is a coffee-icon in a city very proud of its caffeinated culture.

Where we must go for lunch…

A true Wellington experience can be enjoyed when dining at Whitebait Restaurant which is located on the Wellington harbour overlooking Chaffers Marina. Located just a six minute drive away, Whitebait offers award-winning seafood harbour dining. For those wanting to enjoy a luxurious lunch experience, we are able to coordinate lunch at the exclusive Wharekauhau Lodge that is accessed by a scenic 30-minute helicopter ride.

InterContinental Wellington Lobby.

It’s a rainy day outside but guests want to explore, what we should do…

Wellington is blessed with many of the best museums in the country, including the award-winning Wellington Museum located a 30-second walk from the hotel’s front door; and the iconic Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, just a five-minute taxi down the waterfront. Days can be spent exploring the museums with new attractions for all ages available or, should you wish to experience the New Zealand art culture, the Academy of Fine Arts host exhibitions and is also located moments from the entrance of the hotel.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

Visiting the cable car is an absolute must do before leaving Wellington. A short, five-minute walk from the hotel, the cable car is an iconic attraction that, once it is at the top of the hill, provides panoramic views across the city and harbour. Located atop the hill is the Carter Observatory which has a rich history and has recently collaborated with the famous Weta Workshop to create educating and entertaining activities for everyone.

Emerge Health Club.

What he loves about his hotel…

InterContinental Wellington has an array of luxury amenities including the largest heated hotel pool in the city, a multi award-winning restaurant, and internationally-recognised spa facilities allowing guests to relax and enjoy before venturing out to experience the city. The hotel is located at the heart of Wellington, ensuring all of the culinary and cultural attractions are only moments from leaving the hotel. The previous points, combined with meeting and getting to know guests from around the world, make me thoroughly enjoy and have pride in my work at InterContinental Wellington.

Anything else we should know…

Wellington offers many fantastic sights and views to take home as photographic memories to show family and friends. For the perfect panoramic shot, head up to the top of Mt. Victoria and take in the view of the harbour and the city skyline. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended as everything in Wellington is within walking distance from the hotel and there are walking tracks available throughout the region.

Club InterContinental Lounge.

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