McGlynn brings to the role extensive experience managing some iconic New Zealand hotels, including Chateau Tongariro. He moves into this role having most recently served as Hotel Manager for Sudima Christchurch City, bringing the qualities unique to Sudima Hotels with him to share with guests at the new Kaikōura location. Set to open in October 2022, the new hotel will be the seventh Sudima Hotels location.
“It is always a privilege to be given the responsibility of opening a new hotel, and this hotel will be very special with its prime location on the shores of Kaikōura. What’s not to love about this place? The views are spectacular with rugged coast, dramatic mountains seemingly rising from the sea and incredible wildlife including a range of seabirds, seals, dolphins, and whales right on our doorstep.” says McGlynn.
“As the largest accommodation provider in Kaikōura, we have opened the door for our international inbound and wholesale operators to attract longer stays for larger travelling groups and offer a standard of accommodation which will appeal to a wider range of travellers.”
Although Mr McGlynn has worked across the hotel industry, he says of his attraction to the Sudima Hotels Group that it is a “well respected award-winning hotel company. The team is extremely supportive, they are great communicators and led by an excellent owner. A very fortunate opportunity came up to join and the rest is history.”
HIND Management’s Chief People Officer, Phillipa Gimmillaro says, “We are delighted to be opening the Kaikōuralocation under Brad’s longstanding expertise. His responsibilities are key as the hotel manager of our newest property, and we know guests will enjoy the full Sudima Hotels experience with his dedication to the role. His previous position as an existing member of the HIND Management and Sudima Hotels family makes him the perfect choice to lead the opening and guide the hotel as the region navigates through a recovering tourism sector.”
The Kaikōura region offers a wonderous variety of activities, and Mr McGlynn enjoys tramping in his spare time. An area renowned for its bountiful natural beauty sees plenty of options for fishing, diving, surfing, coastal and alpine hiking, scenic flights and wildlife sightseeing. The new hotel location affords easy access to the local township’s restaurants and cafes, as well as being the perfect base to explore nearby Marlborough and Waipara wine country, Hanmer Springs, Picton and Christchurch.
The Hotel features 120 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, pool and gym, conference rooms, and special features to meet guest needs while in the region such as a dive gear and bike storage facilities.