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Wine Makers Dinner
Dr John Forrest, Forrest Wines
June 12th, 6.30pm, $80pp, bookings essential
Dr John Forrest is “Forrest Wines’ a small, hands-on producer of premium New Zealand wines. Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, he established his first vineyard in 1988 in Renwick. He now owns land in all three of the premium New Zealand terriors; Marlborough, Gimbletts Gravels, Hawkes Bay and Otago
To book for this fantastic event please call or email our Restaurant Manager, Hadleigh
P+64 4 462 3785 / E Hadleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org
Brainwave Trust and Hutt Valley Rotary
The nine Rotary Clubs of the Hutt Valley met for their bi-annual ‘Big Meet’ on Wednesday May 8th and where fortunate to have guest speaker Judy Bailey ONZM. Judy is trustee of the Brainwave Trust, the charity being honoured that evening. The evening was a huge success, drawing an audience of nearly 200 people.
Brainwave delivers easy to understand presentations to educate the New Zealand community about infant and adolescent brain development. The Trust presents to: parents, early childhood and other educators, health and justice sectors, policy makers, government and the while community. The Trust is expanding its operations in the Wellington region and the Rotary Clubs of the Hutt Valley are combining to provide infrastructure support to the three new presenters bringing these programmes to our community.
The Bolton Hotel where fortunate enough to be part of this fundraising and awareness campaign by hosting Judy Bailey ONZM and Sue Wright, Executive Director of the Brainwave Trust.
Hutt City Rotary Club President Elect Trish Brown says “we achieved our aim of providing not only the aids that they had asked for like mannequins and brains but were also able to present the three local educators with new laptops loaded with latest software. They were absolutely ecstatic”…“Judy Bailey and Sue Wright were both effusive about the hotel and very appreciative”.
The Performance Arcade 2012
Wellington Waterfront, March 1 – 4 2012
An arcade of shipping containers became the site for a dynamic selection of live art works in this annual event free to the Wellington public. Involving ten containers and a specially built stage space, The Performance Arcade featured NZ and international artists working in a range of media that included installation, performance art, live music, sonic art, digital media, cooking, dance and literature.
The Bolton Hotel was the proud sponsor of the International programme at The Performance Arcade for 2012. This exhibition was part of the Active City visual arts programme for the NZ International Festival of the Arts and won Best Visual Arts, Best Outdoor Show and Best
Production Design at the 2012 NZ Fringe Festival Awards.
Te Omanga Hospice Vintners Lunch 2012
Te Omanga Hospice Vintners Lunch
Sunday 29th August 2012
For the second year running the Bolton Hotel has contributed to the annual Vintners Lunch, Te Omanga Hospices’ premier fundraising event with ‘fine wines, fabulous food and fast auction action’. A sumptuous five course degustation menu is prepared by some of Wellington’s finest chefs, perfectly matched with local wine. Artisan Restaurant’s Executive Chef Sahil Hussein was responsible for the third dish; Apple smoked duck breast, eggplant purée, macerated dates, dukkah with blood orange & pomegranate reduction, the wine match – Yealands Estate 2011 Tempranillo, Marlborough, NZ.
This years lunch was the most successful ever, raising over $140,000 which translates directly into care and support for those dealing with terminal illness in our community.
The Bolton Hotel and Artisan Restaurant are very proud to have been apart of this fantastic event and thank all the other suppliers for their support and generosity for a great cause.
NZTIA Awards 2012
Bolton Hotel Finalist in New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards
The New Zealand Travel Industry Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the New Zealand travel industry. With awards for individuals, small, medium and large brands across all the travel sectors. The Awards are created by New Zealand travel and tourism business improvement and marketing company, TA Fastrack.
The Awards will help to raise standards through a structured nomination and judging process which is then reviewed by industry peers who respond carefully to defined judging criteria. The awards process culminates in a night that recognises and promotes outstanding achievement by those at the heart of the industry.
The Bolton Hotel has been voted as a Finalist in the category of Best Hotel / Resort – New Zealand.
We are very proud to be recognized by our industry peers as exceptional in what we do.
National Schools Poetry Awards 2012
The Bolton Hotel is pleased to be associated with the National Secondary Schools Poetry Award of the second year. Ten short listed poems including the overall winner was chosen by New Zealand’s Poet Laureate and this years Poetry Award judge Ian Wedde. The annual award is held with the support of Creative New Zealand. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand.
2012 winner, Haro Lee, from Auckland’s St Cuthbert’s College and nine runners up stayed at the Bolton Hotel when they travelled to Wellington to attend the Poetry Masterclass on September 1st, hosted by VictoriaUniversity’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). The masterclass is led by some of New Zealand’s most inspirational younger poets; Hinemoana Baker, James Brown and Louise Wallace.
Congratulations to Haro and all the other finalists in this prestigious competition.
FREE Guest Netbooks
Bolton Hotel expand business facilities
Want to work, chat, browse or surf? The Bolton Hotel now offers Acer Aspire One Netbooks free of charge to all guests. We want our guests to have technology in their rooms with the performance, graphics and communication tools to step up their digital entertainment, complete their daily computing tasks and stay in touch with friends and family, whether at home or away. Guests simply reserve one of five netbooks with the Concierge or Front Desk team and work away in the privacy of their room with free high speed broadband internet access.
Just some features of these fantastic mobile units;
- 93% full-size keyboard for convenient typing, along with a multi-gesture touchpad that makes navigation easy.
- 10.1" widescreen display and runs on an Intel® Atom™ dual-core processor that provides smooth performance while conserving power.
- Wired and wireless web surfing, email and social networking status updates anytime. There's also a built-in webcam and microphone for quality face-time with family and friends. What's more, optional 3G1 connectivity expands networking possibilities, and Bluetooth® 4.01 transfers files faster than ever.
Breast Cancer Fundraising Luncheon 2012
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
On Thursday May 31st the Bolton Hotel hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch in our in-house restaurant, ARTISAN, to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Guest speaker, Sarah Gibbs, co-founder of the Trilogy skincare range delivered an entertaining and inspiring speech on the development and growth of this fantastic New Zealand born company. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was local breast cancer survivor Therese O’Sullivan, we were very grateful to have Therese attend and share her experience with the audience all the while with a smile on her face. Entertainment was provided by the beautiful Jessica Williams and distinguished pianist and accompanist Hugh McMillan. Jessica’s stunning singing was a highlight of the lunch and left the audience wanting more! The spectacular three course meal was prepared by Executive Chef Sahil Hussein and his team in the Artisan kitchen. Olea Estate was kind enough to donate their delicious Olive Oil for the entrées, award winning Porters Estate and renowned Palliser Estate donated wine to accompany the meal. We also had a silent auction operating to generate further fundraising efforts with generous donations from The Bolton Hotel, Helipro, Black Cap Jesse Ryder, Northern Knights Cricket Club, Tirohana Estate Martinborough, Avon, Porters Estate and Two Degrees vineyard.
A big thank you to all those who helped with the organization of this event and making it run smoothly on the day.
The Performance Arcade 2013
The Playground NZ present The Performance Arcade 2013, 14 - 17 February.
ARTIST TALK: Christopher McElroen
The Bolton Hotel, Tuesday 12th February 6.30pm, Free addmission
For all the details and more information please visit
Summer Menu at ARTISAN
Enjoy Executive Chef Sahil Hussein's latest tempting menu creations with the Summer Menu featuring: Leelands Gourmet lamb backstrap, with cumin gnocchi, date puree, haloumi cheese, broad beans and red pepper coulis or Hazelnut crusted pork fillet, roasted beetroot, Calvados apple puree and red wine jus as a sampling!
ARTISAN Restaurant and Bar
ARTISAN RESTAURANT + BAR
We don’t mess with nature.
ARTISAN strips back the fanciful embellishments to showcase the food the way that it was meant to be savored, smelled and enjoyed with the smoky taste of the manuka grill to highlight and delight the palette.
ARTISAN is all about the small domestic producers that are providing the finest quality of product, sourced by Head Chef Sahil Hussain and his team.
We want to give you choice. ARTISAN offers the ability to choose from the protein, starch, vegetables or salad, and then add one of the delicious sauces, many of which are homemade, providing a large number of options.
Sahil Hussain - Executive Chef
Fijian born Sahil fell in love with the table during the many family gatherings of his childhood. The laughter, the fellowship, and, above all the food! With over 15 years in reputable Wellington kitchens, Sahil has been involved with the food and beverage operations at other Wellington properties; all of which testifies to his solid educational background at Wellington Polytechnic and Massey University coupled with his hands-on approach.
At ARTISAN, Sahil and his team have found an excellent venue to display the passion, energy and commitment to quality.
Open for breakfast from 6:30am Monday – Friday until 10am and 7am on Saturday until 1030am. ARTISAN is open until late.
- Cooked breakfast start from $11
- Monday through Friday, a daily changing set lunch goes for just $30 for two courses ($36 for three).
- Per Diem Buster – our corporate in-house guests save 15% off selected items
- Private dining rooms and function rooms available for those special occasions or meetings/conferences
P: 04 462 3770
Located on level 1 of Bolton Hotel, Cnr Bolton and Mowbray Streets, Wellington, New Zealand.
Free High Speed Internet
The Bolton Hotel upholds its reputation for excellence in service by offering guests in-room wireless Internet access free of charge. Guests will be able to access the Internet throughout the hotel for the duration of their stay as the hotel recognizes the need to stay connected with family, friends and business while traveling.
In a year filled with notable innovations and advancements for The Bolton Hotel, offering guests free Wi-Fi Internet contributes to the hotel’s reputation for leading the industry in service.
Bolton Hotel winners at the TIANZ Awards 2010
BOLTON HOTEL NAMED “HOTEL OF THE YEAR” AT THE 2010 TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOICATION AWARDS
The Bolton Hotel has been announced as the Accommodation Category winner of the of the prestigious 2010 Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand (TIANZ) Awards at last night’s awards ceremony in Auckland.
“We are thrilled to win this award especially as this was our first time entering. We always try to think differently about what we can offer our guests as well as challenge the status quo. This means we then give them a compelling reason to choose us over others” says Meredith Ellis, New Business and Client Relations Manager of The Bolton Hotel.
The Bolton Hotel is Wellington’s only 100% New Zealand owned and operated boutique five-star Qualmark rated hotel. Superbly appointed, contemporary, and elegant, Bolton Hotel features the award-winning restaurant Bisque on Bolton, which was Wellington’s only hotel restaurant to be shortlisted in the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year awards 2010. Bolton Hotel always strives to ensure every guest who sets foot in the door has a special and memorable experience.
The Bolton Hotel has earned a nomination for its commitment to innovation through:
- The Brainfood menu, a unique catering menu specifically designed to increase mental attention, engagement and concentration levels of those attending events, seminars or workshops at the Bolton Hotel and is a step forward for social responsibility in the event arena.
- “Raising the Standard” online cooking video tutorials hosted by Bisque on Bolton’s chef Steve Morris which currently features on Stuff.co.nz and You Tube
- Residence Suite – a recent, new addition which is now considered the premiere hotel room in Wellington
- Twitter and Facebook – an active presence in the social media community.