Wellingtons zebra building faces new life as long-term accommodation
People visiting Wellington for business or pleasure are looking for places to stay that can cater to them for longer.
And developers are seeing a gap in some of Wellington's central suburbs for this - with The Wellington Company purchasing Wild Zebra Backpackers on Te Aro's Tory St for $7.5 million and choosing to convert it into a hotel for medium to long-term stays.
Since the end of 2019, construction workers have been preparing the zebra-printed building for change. They have been ripping up carpet and getting rid of doors, bathrooms and walls - markers of its hostel history.