The Hotel Britomart

Luxury accommodation with a strong sustainable ethos, located in the heart of Auckland’s waterside precinct
Andrew Zuccala
Published on July 29, 2022
Updated on June 01, 2023


The striking brick-clad Hotel Britomart in Auckland was officially the country's first 5-Green Star hotel when it opened in 2020. That certification marks a commitment to sustainability during the build and the use of eco-friendly materials.

Each of the 99 rooms is designed for tranquil escapism. Think of Hotel Britomart like a city retreat, lined in natural and sustainably sourced timber. Guest rooms all come with in-built sofas, hand-made ceramics and minibars full of locally sourced treats. Attention to detail is on point.

But that's just your entry level experience of Hotel Britomart. You've then got the hyper luxe suites, each with their own unique selling point. The Poraenui Suite is one of their very best, giving a whole new meaning to rooftop living. This 74 sqm living space occupies a glassy pavilion tucked discreetly onto the rooftop of the heritage Buckland Building (blending heritage with modernity).

Up here, both the living room and bedroom open onto a private 28-sqm terrace with views across neighbouring heritage rooftops to the city and Takutai Square. Pick a book from their mini library, order up some local New Zealand wine, and you have just found your new happy place.

Their in-house restaurant, Kingi, is also celebrates sustainably caught seafood paired with unique wines. Chef Tom Hishon has devised an evolving menu that's perfect for this all-day food consuming haven. Expect dishes like octopus carpaccio and pan roasted snapper, alongside stories about the talented fishermen and women who sustainably caught the produce on your plate. It's all traceable and tasty.

And you can go that extra eco-friendly mile by booking their Green Package. For every day you're there, these guys plant a native tree at their sister property, The Landing, located in the Bay of Islands. They even offer the option to fly you to their sister property via helicopter, for an even longer and more luxurious getaway.

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