PUTTING NEW ZEALAND ON THE WORLD STAGE
Client

New Zealand International Convention Centre and SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Budget

$700 million

Contract Type

Design & Construct

Completed

Under-construction

Location

Auckland

NZICC and Horizon Hotel

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will be New Zealand’s pre-eminent event venue, drawing audiences from around the globe to experience this country’s unique culture, unforgettable landscapes and innovative business approach.

We are thrilled to partner with SKYCITY to realise their vision for a truly world-class facility – designing and building the 32,500m2 NZICC, the five-star, 300-room Horizon Hotel, the retail laneway linking Nelson and Hobson Streets and 1,327 carparks under the NZICC.

The building of the NZICC and Horizon Hotel is providing a huge boost to the Auckland construction market and many more jobs will be created across conventions, hospitality, retail and food and beverage once they are operational.

The NZICC will be the largest purpose-built convention centre in the country, capable of hosting conventions of around 3,000 people or one-off events of up to 4,000 people on the exhibition floor. The exhibition hall alone will be five times larger than the current largest in Auckland – SKYCITY Convention Centre’s New Zealand Room.

The NZICC’s exterior features the two largest pieces of public art ever created in this country – 550 painted glass panels that wrap around the top level and 13,500 terracotta tiles that form a 31-metre-high perimeter wall alongside the laneway shared with the Horizon Hotel. The total size of both artworks is a whopping 5,760m2.

Fit-out of the neighbouring Horizon Hotel is now underway and a 30-metre-long airbridge was installed across Hobson Street in October 2019 to connect it to SKYCITY on the opposite side.
 

The new NZICC and Horizon hotel will be built together, providing a huge boost to the Auckland construction market and kick-starting a five-year inner city building boom. Many more jobs will be created across conventions, hospitality, retail, gaming and food and beverage once both the NZICC and the new hotel are operational.

The NZICC will be the largest purpose-built convention centre in the country, capable of hosting conventions of around 3000 people, or one-off events of up to 4000 people on the exhibition floor. The NZICC’s exhibition hall alone will be five times larger than the current largest exhibition hall in the country – SKYCITY Convention Centre’s New Zealand Room.

By the numbers
32,000m2

Convention centre

5star

300 room hotel

2,850 seats

New Zealand's largest theatre

Virtual tour of the New Zealand International Convention Centre

Project Partners

Name Warren and Mahoney

Role Architect

Name Woods Bagot

Role Architect

Name Moller Architects

Role Architect