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Chateau Tongariro

New wing indistinguishable from much-loved heritage building

Project Snapshot

Client: KAH New Zealand
Brief: Add a new wing to the Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Key Challenge: Strict environmental constraints on construction works
Contract Range: $5.8m
Time Frame: 10 months
Architect: Barracuda Design


The Chateau Tongariro engaged Tallwood (then Stanley Modular) to assist them with the addition of a new five-storey wing for the heritage listed hotel, originally built in 1929. Located near the snow line in the Tongariro National park, the Department of Conservation enforces strict regulations on construction practices to protect local flora and fauna. Those regulations allowed for a construction footprint of only 1.5m from the walls of the new wing; a restriction that could not be met with traditional construction techniques.

This project is a fantastic example of how prefabricated modular construction techniques present an innovative solution to a unique set of circumstances. We built the modules offsite and then transported them to the hotel where they were lifted into place by crane. The construction methodology enabled us to complete the project within these restrictions to an extremely high standard and without disturbing guests or necessitating downtime for the hotel.

A key aspect of the brief required that the finishing work on the new wing, which houses 40 rooms, replicated the original design and merged seamlessly with the iconic building.

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