At InterContinental Wellington we are continuously seeking new ways to minimise our impact on the environment and reduction of energy, water and waste. We are proud to have joined 500+ New Zealand businesses who have signed up to the Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) Sustainability Commitment. This initiative sees New Zealand tourism businesses uniting together, to achieve the vision of creating a truly sustainable tourism industry and preserving the future of the place we call home.
InterContinental Wellington focuses on the following Environmental Initiatives:
IHG Green Engage — Greener Stay
Sustainability is as important to you as it is to us. The Greener Stay Initiative enables guests to help by recycling towelling, or reducing the amount of times in-room amenities are washed and replaced. InterContinental Wellington guests can choose to bypass housekeeping to conserve energy and water, preserve resources and reduce waste. In addition, guest can earn 500 IHG Rewards Club Points per stay* when opting into a Greener Stay.
*Requires a minimum of two consecutive nights; maximum award of 500 points for total stay.
A paperless check-in system has been adopted to eliminate paperwork and enhance check-in efficiency. Traditional paper reservation forms and printed receipts have been switched out for mounted iPads displayed at the hotel Front Desk. This digital system is set to save countless sheets of paper which would traditionally be printed for every new guest as part of the hotel check-in & check-out procedure.
Wood Fiber Key Cards
Our wood fibre for Pulper™ card is sourced from sustainable forests. Oomph's Pulper™ paper is chlorine free and tested to be repulpable/recyclable - simply toss it into the mixed paper bin after use. Made from wood fibre, Pulper is an environmentally preferable replacement for plastics with similar performance characteristics.
The paper is also naturally bright white and does not require bleaching or chemical processing. Pulper paper is manufactured under strict requirements of ISO 9001:2008 Quality and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems.
Plastic Straw Free
InterContinental Wellington has joined the global movement in going plastic straw free. Paper straw usage is also being reduced with the introduction of metal straws in the Club InterContinental Lounge.
Electric Charging Stations
Electric charging modules have been installed at the hotel to cover Japanese, European and Tesla electric vehicles.
InterContinental Wellington is an official hotel championing the Soap Aid programme. Soap Aid is a not-for-profit committed to saving children's lives through improved hygiene whilst positively impacting the environment. This is achieved by reprocessing and delivering recycled hotel soap to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.
Wilderness Chocolate and Honey
Organic Wilderness chocolate and honey is used throughout the hotel. Wilderness is a local Wellington business with a core focus on sustainability and giving back to the community. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy Wilderness honey during breakfast at Chameleon Restaurant, from the in-room dining menu and at Club InterContinental. Wilderness chocolate is used for the creation of quality hot chocolates served in all of our hotel venues.
Milk Bottle Recycling
We take part in the Anchor Milk recycling programme where all of our empty bottles are collected and recycled into milk crates.