Hotel and Venue News

New luxury resort and events centre to open in McLaren Vale

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:39

South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region will see the opening of a new five-star resort and 250 guest event centre in 2026.

McLaren Vale Resort & Spa, to be operated by boutique hotel brand Lancemore, will offer 124 luxury rooms and suites and a 100-seat fine dining restaurant with vineyard views.

The hotel’s plan also features a pool, sauna, wellness centre and gym. The hotel will be located in the heart of the McLaren Vale region, which is 45 minutes from Adelaide/Tarntanya and home to acclaimed wineries - including three from the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective.

Three awards for Brook Serene

Wednesday, 06 September 2023 00:07

Brook Serene properties have been recognised at the 30th Anniversary World Travel Awards.

Pullman Hotel Auckland unveils refurbishment

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:43

Pullman Hotel Auckland has unveiled its recent renovation, which includes a complete transformation of its forecourt and reception area and a soft refurbishment of all accommodation rooms.

Capstone Hotel management secures Portage Resort

Monday, 28 August 2023 04:53

New Zealand owned Capstone Hotel Management have  been appointed as the new management company for Portage Resort (most recently The Portage Hotel) as of 1st August 2023.

Huka Lodge Renovation Plans

Sunday, 20 August 2023 23:27

Huka Lodge at Taupō is set to be significantly renovated by new owner Baillie Lodges.

Cordis Auckland receives sustainability accolade

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 03:29

The luxury 5-star hotel has just achieved the prestigious Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Gold Award of approval for an exceptional commitment to sustainable tourism while also providing an unforgettable and genuinely Kiwi heartfelt experience for its guests.

The George Christchurch re-open

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 23:15

The George, Christchurch reopens to the public and guests on Friday 4 August after an intensive 6-week renovation period.

Reopening date for Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 03:58

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour will reopens on 1 September after an extensive refurbishment of its ground floor. 

Te Karaka Lodge set to open in rural Waikato

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 03:31

Te Karaka Lodge in Waikaretu in Waikato is a brand new architecturally designed boutique 10 room Lodge opening in September 2023.

JetPark Hotel Auckland celebrate 25 years

Monday, 10 July 2023 02:54

The 26 June 2023 marks a significant milestone for JetPark Hotel Auckland as the team celebrates 25 years of memories, achievements, and countless stories shared – and not shared - within its hotel walls.

Quest and Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre

Thursday, 06 July 2023 01:42

Quest Hastings is located just behind Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, in Eastbourne Street.  

Sweet Transformation for Scenic Suites Queenstown

Monday, 26 June 2023 23:50

Guests at Scenic Suites Queenstown are in for a 'sweet' new experience at the popular 84 room property in the heart of the tourist Mecca.  

Accor New Zealand announces partnership with Tandem Travel

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 01:00

New Zealand’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has been selected by Tandem Travel to be a preferred hotel supplier across Aotearoa for their corporate, SME, Sport, Entertainment and Group travel.

Tākina officially opens in Wellington

Thursday, 01 June 2023 00:04

Wellington has officially opened its new conference and exhibition centre, Tākina, with more than 50 multi-day conferences already booked at New Zealand’s newest meeting place in the first year.

Novotel Christchurch Open Day

Friday, 12 May 2023 01:03

Hind Management and Novotel Christchurch Airport Hotel are holding an Open Day on Thursday 1 June

Te Pae Christchurch Reaches New Milestone

Monday, 08 May 2023 02:03

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has hit a major operational milestone, notching up one year since its first conference.

New apartment hotel for Wellington

Monday, 08 May 2023 01:52

New Zealand-owned family business Sarin Hotels has opened a 72-room apartment hotel on Thorndon Quay – the eponymously named Proximity Apartments, located near Sky Stadium and The Beehive.

New events space and hotel planned for Geelong

Monday, 01 May 2023 21:48

The Geelong waterfront will soon be home to a new $250 million tower, which includes 5000sqm conference facility with 650‐seat auditorium and a 168‐room luxury hotel.

Castaways at eXplore

Thursday, 27 April 2023 02:46

Business events organisers, inbound tour operators and travel wholesalers returned in force to the Central North Island's eXplore expo at Eden Park today.

Returning after a three-year hiatus, the expo had 100 stands, 30 first-time exhibitors and more than 24 new trade-ready products from Coromandel, Waikato, Rotorua, Taupo, Ruapehu, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, and Bay of Plenty. Buyer registrations numbered 200.

Castaways Resort at Karioitahi Beach joined the Waikato region and sales manager Chris Foubister says the property continues to be popular for corporate events. 

"Castaways offers a private dining / meeting venue as well as archery, skeet shooting and paint ball with arrows," he says. "It can accommodate 80 people across two-bedroom, two-bathroom chalets and villas set on a dramatic coastline.

"And there's development happening here all the time. The spa location and offering is just 'out of this world'," he adds.

West Coast property joins Scenic Hotel Group

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 21:10

The Scenic Hotel Group have announced the addition of 4-star Scenic Hotel Punakaiki to the Scenic family.

GPO restaurant to open at Intercontinental this week

Monday, 17 April 2023 23:08

InterContinental Wellington has announced the launch of GPO, their new restaurant that pays homage to the iconic General Post Office that once occupied the same site. The restaurant is set to open 21 April, with bookings open now.

Edgewater starts major refurbishment today

Monday, 10 April 2023 22:46

A major refurbishment project is now underway at Edgewater with construction contractors today commencing work focused on one-third of the hotel’s guest rooms. 

Hulbert House returns to Brook Serene Boutique Hotel Management

Monday, 10 April 2023 03:33

Brook Serene Boutique Hotels have announced the return of Hulbert House to its luxury hotel portfolio. Brook Serene Boutique Hotels opened and managed the Qualmark-rated 5-star Enviro Gold luxury hotel from 2016 to 2020 and has resumed management of the property from 1 April 2023.

Te Pae serves up a taste of the Garden City

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:10

From breath-centred yoga to breath-taking helicopter rides, punting on the Avon to cycling the city, and from master chef to master perfume maker, a group of business events planners enjoyed a comprehensive taste of the Garden City when they were hosted on a Taste of Te Pae famil recently.

New event space for Fable Auckland

Monday, 03 April 2023 04:32

Hotel Fable Auckland, has today revealed its new conference and event space. 

Marsden Viaduct Hotel to re open 27th March.

Friday, 24 March 2023 01:29

Marsden Hotel Group has announced that the Marsden Viaduct Hotel will be re-opening on March 27th 2023 after a recent closure from flooding.

Keys to Tākina, handed over to Wellington City Council

Thursday, 09 March 2023 00:46

Wellington City Council has received the keys to its new convention centre,  Tākina this week. The venue will officially open end of May, with the test events taking place earlier in May.  

Quiz nights at Cordis

Monday, 06 March 2023 23:45

Cordis Auckland in conjunction with Believe it or Not Quiz Events have launched Quiz Nights at Cordis!

The Secret at Sofitel Queenstown

Thursday, 02 March 2023 02:00

Le Salon Rouge - at Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa is open for business, if you can find it.

Cordis Auckland receives Highest EarthCheck Accolade

Sunday, 19 February 2023 23:11

The saying ‘many hands make light work’ couldn’t be more relevant for Cordis Auckland on their sustainability journey, as they recently received EarthCheck Master status, one of 15 hotels globally to do so.

TRYP by Wyndham Wellington open

Monday, 06 February 2023 20:45

TRYP Wellington by Wyndham officially opened last Wednesday. The fully renovated Heritage listed building in the heart of Wellington features 77 rooms - a mix of hotel rooms, studio apartments and the largest luxury penthouse in central Wellington.

Tākina convention centre nears completion

Wednesday, 18 January 2023 23:06

Wellington's new convention centre, Tākina, is nearing completion. The site across the road from Te Papa has transformed since construction began in late 2019.

Cordis Auckland scoops up five awards at 2022 HM awards

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 02:47

Cordis Auckland have taken home five awards at the 2022 HM Awards, at a gala dinner on Friday 25 November in Sydney.

JW Marriott coming to Auckland

Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:06

Marriott International, Inc. has announced it has signed an agreement to introduce its JW Marriott brand to New Zealand.

Viaduct Events Centre progressing event bookings

Monday, 21 November 2022 23:04

Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events have announced that they are progressing event bookings for Viaduct Events Centre from 27 April 2023 onwards.  

Seventh heaven for the Rees Hotel Queenstown

Monday, 21 November 2022 22:31


The Rees Hotel Queenstown has been crowned Best New Zealand Ski Hotel 2022 for the 7th consecutive year at the 10th annual World Ski Awards announced last week.

Marsden Lake Resort Central Otago to open 1 December 22

Monday, 07 November 2022 00:21

Marsden Hotels & Resorts will add Marsden Lake Resort Central Otago to its portfolio from 1 December 2022.

New event and accommodation partner for the Blues.

Monday, 24 October 2022 06:26

The Blues have inked a new three-year deal with Fable Hotels & Resorts, as national corporate accommodation partner.

Sudima Kaikōura Opens

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 21:49

The doors of Kaikōura’s first ever 4.5-star hotel have opened, perfectly timed to welcome the increase in travellers to the region for summer – it’s expected that 70,000 additional visitors will come to the town annually.

High Court decision ‘convincing win’ for sector

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:17

A ‘convincing win for the events industry’ was how XPO Exhibitions managing director Brent Spillane described this week’s High Court decision concerning turning the Auckland Showgrounds into a film and TV production site.

The Langlands Hotel opens in Invercargill

Saturday, 01 October 2022 02:30

The $52 million, seven storey, 78-room, 4.5 star hotel is located in the heart of the city and is the largest single development in ILT history.

New hotel and meeting space for Palmerston North

Saturday, 01 October 2022 02:23

One of Palmy’s iconic city centre buildings is getting a new lease of life with Safari Group having an unconditional contract to purchase the former post office building on the Square.

Sustainable future for Scenic

Monday, 19 September 2022 04:53

Scenic Hotel Group is amplifying its commitment to community and environment and building on forty years of caring at a local level to now champion change on a larger scale.

New Executive Chef at Intercontinental Wellington

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:46

Carl Maunder is no stranger to hotel groups in Dubai or to acclaimed fine-dining restaurants by renowned celebrity chefs, from London to New Zealand. Now at the helm of the cuisine at the heart of Wellington’s best known five-star hotel, a new chapter begins for Carl while founded on an extensive career.

Jet Park Hotel Auckland to reopen on 30 September

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 02:02

The Jet Park Hotel at Auckland Airport will re open to guests on 30 September 2022 following a comprehensive renovation to its 221 accommodation and 8 conference rooms as well as the restaurant and gym.

Rooftop bar at voco Auckland officially opened

Monday, 12 September 2022 23:21


Event organisers and corporate travel agents were among the guests at the official opening of voco Auckland City Centre and Holiday Inn Express Auckland City centre late last week.

Three Times the Charm for The Residence at The George

Monday, 12 September 2022 22:39

The Residence at The George, Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s treasured luxury boutique hotels, has once again won Oceania's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2022.

Auckland's new rooftop bar tops them all

Monday, 29 August 2022 00:00

New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar, perched on the 38th floor of Auckland’s newest lifestyle hotel voco Auckland City Centre is now open.  

Hotel DeBrett Auckland bought by Habitat Hotels & Apartments

Monday, 15 August 2022 04:05

New Zealand owned and operated Habitat Hotels & Apartments announces the purchase of Hotel DeBrett Auckland on 1 September 2022.

New name for Events Centre

Monday, 15 August 2022 03:31


The Events Centre formerly known as Vodafone Events Centre was officially renamed Due Drop Events Centre on Monday morning at a ceremony where over 80 guests and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the new partnership.

Sudima Kaikōura appoints Brad McGlynn as hotel manager

Monday, 01 August 2022 21:47

HIND Management has appointed Brad McGlynn to the role of hotel manager at Sudima Kaikōura.

QT Takes two

Monday, 01 August 2022 02:46

QT Hotels & Resorts are celebrating two new accolades from Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence 2022, held in Auckland.

The Mayfair opens in Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 01:52

The Mayfair has opened its doors in central Christchurch.

Pullman Auckland reopens after extensive makeover

Sunday, 24 July 2022 23:42

Pullman Auckland Hotel & Apartments has reopened with a renewed forecourt, reception area and lobby.