Bolton Hotel was named after the ship, Bolton, one of the first immigrant ships to arrive in New Zealand in the 1800's. Legend has it that one of the passengers, a young woman named Sophia Harris, brought a cutting of her favourite rose to New Zealand, which she carefully nurtured by planting in a potato.
The rose survived the long and hazardous journey and it’s this story that inspires us to tend to and nurture the things we care about as well: our guests. It’s this extra care that sets the Bolton Hotel apart as a truly independent hotel dedicated to exceptional service.
The Harris Rose
The same species of rose brought here by Sophia Harris is now known as the Harris Rose. You can enjoy its spectacular blooms in the garden outside the hotel. Learn more about the Harris Rose.
Our independent spirit is uniquely Wellington and part of the very fabric of our city’s history and culture. In September, 2015 we were proud to be the home of Women's Refuge and the Propeller Studios Kate Sheppard Statue for over a year before she went to her permanent home at the National Library. Kate is a New Zealand icon of strong independent women, acknowledged as the leader of the Women’s suffrage movement that gave New Zealand women the vote, the first in the world. As a warrior for women’s rights Women’s Refuge chose Kate Sheppard as the representative for their cause and created the Bring Back Kate campaign in support of the fight against domestic violence.