The harbour that surrounds Wellington city has been known by several names. Maori oral history records that a legendary explorer named Kupe first arrived there around 950AD. Kupe and his crew were followed by Tara, who named the area Whanganui-a-Tara or `the great harbour of Tara’. The British explorer Captain Cook anchored inside the harbour in 1773. The harbour was charted in 1826 by Captain Herd who named it Port Nicholson. This name honoured John Nicholson, who was then harbour master of Port Jackson, New South Wales. The directors of the New Zealand Company decided upon the name Wellington in 1840, in order to express their gratitude to the Duke of Wellington who was a supporter of the company in England.
Wellington was first systematically settled by Europeans in 1840, when New Zealand Company settlers arrived in the ship named the Aurora. Wellington was the site of the first European settlement. Colonel William Wakefield, a New Zealand Company representative, originally planned for the settlement to be where Petone is now situated. (The Settlers Museum in Petone contains exhibits and information about this.) After flooding in the area caused by the Hutt River bursting its banks, the site was shifted to its current location.
The seat of government in New Zealand was moved from Auckland to Wellington in 1865, largely on the basis of Wellington’s central geographical position. In this capital, style and eclecticism are the norm, not the exception. Some of the country’s best art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, and coffee outfits make their home here, and fashion is diverse; from the high fashion of Lambton Quay to the op-shops of Cuba Mall.
Quest on The Terrace is a business hotel which focuses on providing quality friendly service coupled with clean, comfortable accommodations in self-contained apartments. Located in the Central Business District of Wellington City these apartments are ideal for holiday, corporate, or conference accommodations. For the corporate traveller they offer the convenience of being in the heart of the city close to top government and commercial offices. They offer affordable rates with added extras such as broad band internet and limited on site car-parking*. Both short and long term rates are available and especially for regular corporates they also advertise “corporate week” rates for when you need to stay three days or more.
Visitors to Wellington are also welcomed by the friendly staff who are only too happy to point you in the direction of some of Wellington’s many attractions and places of interest. It is your choice whether you take advantage of the full kitchen facilities in your apartment, order in, or dine out at one of Wellington’s many fine cafes and restaurants.
Complimentary light continental breakfast is available for all guests plus complimentary use of Sportswide Gym and Pool (located offsite). Please note all the apartments have stairs and do not have wheelchair access. Car parking must be booked direct with the Quest on The Terrace via phone or e-mail due to limited space and additional charge applies. The majority of Quest serviced apartment properties are 4 or 4 ½ star AAA Tourism rated.
- On-site reception
- Broadband internet access *
- Breakfast options *
- Local restaurant chargeback *
- Pantry shopping service *
- Valet dry cleaning *
- Business administration services *
- Tour assistance
- Baby sitting booking service
- Access to off-site gym, spa and pool
- Complimentary light continental breakfast
- *Costs may apply and vary. Please check with the property.
A Quest serviced apartment is your home and office away from home. At Quest, space is abundant and all properties offer a variety of accommodation configurations to suit singles, couples, families, and large groups, from suites to four-bedroom apartments.
A compact room ideal for one to two people for short term stays with full kitchen facilities, private laundry, and open plan living. The apartment accommodates up to two guests in a queen bed or two single beds. Bedding is based on availability at the time of booking and in order to ensure your comfort, please specify any special requirements upon making your reservation.
One Bedroom Apartment:
A one bedroom apartment is an ideal alternative to a traditional hotel room. You can stay in a one bedroom apartment that provides a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and a spacious living room separate from the bedroom. The one bedroom apartment with Queen bed is ideal whether you are staying for one night or more and offers all the comfort and convenience of home for up to three people.
Two Bedroom Apartment:
A two bedroom apartment at Quest on The Terrace can accommodate up to five people in a variety of sleeping arrangements of your choice. A charge applies for a fifth person on the roll-away bed at $30.00 per night and must be booked direct with the hotel. The apartments offer full kitchen facilities including a fridge/freezer, oven, stove top, and microwave. The apartments also have their own individual washing machine/dryers. These coupled with a spacious lounge, Sky TV, and a dining area make the apartments great compact “homes”.
One Bedroom Executive Apartment:
An unusually useful apartment the 1.5 bedroom apartments have a queen and a single bedroom as well as the lounge with the ability to have a roller bed placed in the lounge (additional extra person at $30.00 per night and please contact the hotel directly to organize) and has a fully equipped kitchen.
Whether you’re travelling for work or a holiday, Quest Serviced Apartments offers a range of dining options to suit your needs.
The majority of apartments contain a combination of an oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, glassware, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, and dish washing facilities. This allows you to cook for yourself in the comfort of your apartment. Otherwise, there are a number of local restaurant options you can try and charge the bill back to your accommodation account.
Pantry Shopping Service:
If you would like to cook for yourself, and don’t have time to do your shopping, Quest’s pantry shopping service offers a comprehensive and convenient alternative. Simply fill out your shopping list and notify the staff before you arrive and your items will be delivered to your apartment.
Restaurant Chargeback Facilities:
If you’d like to dine out, Quest offers a restaurant chargeback option at selected local restaurants. Restaurant charges will automatically be added to your Quest accommodation account and settled on check-out.
Arts, culture, fine dining, and breathtaking natural scenery—that’s what Wellington’s all about. Quest on the Terrace allows you to enjoy everything that Wellington has to offer in a convenient location with comfort and style.
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