Wellington, North Island


The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges Exterior

Glasshouse Restaurant

The Lobby

Family Room

Glasshouse Bar

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

Wellington offers many great interests for any travelling family who have a love of exploring.  The Thorndon Hotel by Rydges is located right on the doorstep of the Wellington CBD, and within walking distance of Lambton Quay shopping, dining, events at Westpac Stadium, Victoria University and the Wellington Railway Station, making this a perfect place to stay and explore the city and Wellington's surrounds.

Hotel Rooms

Family Room
Featuring a queen sized bed, a double bed and one single bed, this room is ideal for families.  Amenities include Freeview HD or Sky TV on a 32″ LED television, high-speed FREE WI-FI, and room service!  Read more about our Family Room >>>

Superior Suite
With a spacious queen bed our Superior Suite also features a work desk, coffee and tea facilities, opening windows and iPod Dock.  A rollaway can be added for an extra person (charges apply).  Read more about our Superior Suite >>>

Standard King Room
With a spacious king bed, the Standard KingRoom features a work desk, mini fridge, tea and coffee facilities and opening windows. A rollaway can be added for an extra person (charges apply).  Read more about our Standard King Room >>>

Standard Accessible Room
This wheelchair-equipped accommodation boasts either one king bed or two single beds for a comfortable night’s sleep, high-speed FREE WI-FI, a 32″ LED television featuring SKY TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a work desk.  The key feature of this room is the large bathroom specifically designed to accommodate wheelchair access and support.  A rollaway bed can be added for a third person (charges apply).  Read more about our Standard Accessible Room >>>

Superior King Room >>>

Superior Queen Room >>>

Standard Queen Room >>>

Standard Twin Room >>>

Hotel Features
  • Glasshouse Restaurant - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Kids under twelve eat FREE! *One free kids meal from the kids menu per one full-price paying adult.
  • The Glasshouse Bar
  • In Room Dining
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Daily room servicing. Long stay options are available
  • 24 hour reception service and access
  • Luggage storage service
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning/laundry same day service
  • Fax and photocopying facilities
  • Street parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Disabled Access Rooms
  • 32″ LED TV featuring Sky TV
  • Limited on-site car parking available (charges apply)
  • Opening windows in all rooms
  • Sky TV in all rooms
  • Complimentary Dominion Post newspaper
  • PC & workstation in foyer
  • Close proximity to CBD and government district
  • Easy access on and off motorway
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.