Sustainability & Caring Luxury

Our commitment to the environment and our community

As part of the local and international community, we understand that our actions impact those around us as well as the larger environment. We are proud to hold an EnviroGold rating from Qualmark for our commitment to sustainability. We call our philosophy Caring Luxury.


The George is proud to be a signatory to the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Sustainability Commitment.  This commitment aligns with our Caring Luxury ethos and is broken down into four pillars; economic resilience, visitor satisfaction, community and environment.

Our Caring Luxury program involves initiatives across all of these pillars and multiple actions and decisions all 12 of the individual commitments to provide a superior guest experience, add value to the community that we operate in, ensure a resilient economic base, and reduce our impact on the natural environment.


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Some of our actions developed naturally, for example, The George has been involved in helping various charitable organisations for numerous years. Other actions are driven by a desire to protect what we hold dear. For example, our ongoing commitment to reducing our impact on the natural environment has triggered management and employees to develop many initiatives to ensure we do our part in helping New Zealand remain the clean and green country we are proud of.

Furthermore, as evidenced by our New Zealand Art collection, The George has for many years been a keen supporter of local artists. What is perhaps less known is that we also strive to source local products and utilise the skills of local craftspeople for our furniture and refurbishments.  

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Economic Commitments

We are focused on long-term financial performance and resilience. 

We invest to create value and opportunities, and to drive sustainable practices. 

We innovate to solve problems, create new ways to do things and increase productivity. 


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Visitor Satisfaction Commitments

We strive to always meet or exceed visitor expectations. 

We incorporate Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture and heritage as part of delivering a unique and authentic visitor experience. 

We engage with visitors about how to be great travellers within Aotearoa New Zealand. 


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Community Commitments

We attract, support and develop the workforce we need to flourish and succeed. 

We actively and positively engage with the communities in which we operate, taking a leadership role to champion causes that are important to the community. 

We have socially and environmentally sustainable supply chains. 


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Environment Commitments

We take responsibility for the entire life cycle of products and services we use and ultimately eliminate the waste associated with these. 

We act urgently to contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition to a net zero carbon economy. 

We take responsibility for the entire life cycle of products and services we use and ultimately eliminate the waste associated with these. 

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Tote Bags

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Akaroa Salmon

14 February 2023

Eastern Drycleaners

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Whitestone Cheese

13 February 2023

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Reusable Cups

07 February 2023

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The Court Theatre

10 February 2023

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Reusable Drink Bottle

08 February 2023

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Water Stations

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Amenity Bottles

08 February 2023

What our patrons say

I stayed at the George recently and was impressed with the impeccable service given by all staff members. Friendly, polished and professional, they were a credit to the hotel. The evening meal at the Bistro was excellent, and I was surprised to realise that the hotel does a turn down service - complete with chocolate and "George", a little momento teddy bear to take home (which I did,I just couldn't resist!). It's a wonderful hotel, close to the city, yet set in a very green and peaceful part of town. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again, and plan to next time in a personal capacity with my husband. Kohinui 24 March 2022

We stayed for a gourmet package overnight. Food was amazing, flavourful, beautifully presented and the service was amazing. It was a wonderful night and we will be back.

We stayed at The George 6 years ago on our first honeymoon and returned here to start and end our month long second honeymoon around the South Island. As usual, the facility was excellent, and the service outstanding. Make sure you try the smoked salmon on the breakfast buffet, and if you need anything rely on Alex and Mark to assist you. Hands down the best hotel on the South Island.

From the moment you walk through the front doorway of The George hotel, it feels like coming home. Familiar faces with smiles and enthusiastic welcomes and a feeling that, although you want to rush up to your beautiful room, the idea of staying in the bar lounge area for a beverage and a snack is so inviting also. This is a little haven of peace and luxury only such a short distance from the city energy that Christchurch has in spades. I am torn - I want to tell everyone how amazing The George hotel is - but a part of me wants to keep it to myself! Either way, when I am fortunate enough to visit again, it will feel cozy and luxurious because that's what they do so well. See you again soon!