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PHOTO: ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF Wild Zebra Backpackers on Tory St in central Wellington will soon be converted into a hotel for people wanting to medium to 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. 

The four-star hotel, which will be called the Citizen, plans to have more than 80 self-contained rooms with their own kitchenettes and laundry services.