Chch has dearest hotel rooms in NZ
Christchurch is the dearest place on average for a hotel room in New Zealand, according to a survey.
Hotel room prices on average in Christchurch were $146 a night in the first half of this year, a 25 per cent jump from the $117 average in the first half of last year.
The survey was carried out by Hotel.com which said its survey was based on bookings made on Hotels.com sites around the world and they tracked the real prices paid per hotel room rather than advertised rates.
Average prices in Wellington were $130 a room - 7 per cent up on the first six months of last year - and $126 in Auckland, only 1 per cent higher.
In Hamilton the average price climbed to $126 a night compared to $99 the year before, a 27 per cent increase.
It appears the Christchurch hotels that are still operating after the earthquakes are making the most of the loss of competition.
About 75 per cent of Christchurch's hotel rooms were knocked out by the earthquakes.
The hotels were either off limits in the central business district and being repaired or were demolished.
Until the opening of the 155-bed Ibis Hotel in the central city this week, Christchurch only had about 820 hotel beds operating out of more than 3700 before the earthquakes.
The survey said despite fewer visitors from Europe and the United States, the impact of the Rugby World Cup and the devastating Christchurch earthquakes influenced hotel prices here.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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