The dream that would become the Kelvin Hotel began in early March 1952. The Invercargill licencing Trust planned to have a single high rise building with sidewalk shops, public bars, private lounges and the Trust offices inside a centrally located building in the heart of the city.


In 1957 land on the corner of Esk and Kelvin streets was purchased from the Southland Times and architect Arthur Milne began producing his first drawings, showing the tallest building in the city, lavishly furnished and able to accommodation 125 guests.
Construction began in February 1961, yet as with most building projects the construction of the Kelvin hotel wasn’t without its delays and bad weather saw construction fall behind by a staggering 82 days in 1962.
The Kelvin hotel was at the time one of the largest hotel construction in the country, nothing on its scale had been built in decades. This monumental feat was constructed by an Invercargill company, financed by an Invercargill bank and designed by an Invercargill architect and fully “southern” achievement for the city.


The Kelvin hotel officially opened its doors on January 26 1965 and although nearly 2 months behind deadline its grand opening played host to 86 guest from throughout the country and became a stepping stone for future hotel construction in New Zealand.


This 7 storey hotel dominated the skyline in Invercargill for many years and today is still the one of the tallest building in Invercargill. Many changes have been made to ensure the Hotel has been kept up to modern day standards and expectations Upgraded conference, function and board rooms, offering all the latest IT equipment with modern décor and furnishings. The Hotel Level One Restaurant & Bar have recently been refurbished providing a modern and stylish dining experience for both Hotel guests and casual diners.


The ground floor Sports Bar offers gaming facilities and full TAB. 


After 47 years is considered one of the most iconic Invercargill buildings.
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