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Hotel and Venue News

Park Hyatt opens specialty suites

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 01:34

The Park Hyatt Auckland, is launching a brand new collection of luxury suites.

QT Auckland wins hotel design award

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:16

QT Hotels & Resorts’ newest property, QT Auckland, has won the 2021 Paul Davis Hotel Design Award for the Best Refurbishment in Australasia. QT Auckland opened its doors in November 2020, transforming a former office building into a design-led luxury QT Hotel.  

The Paul Davis Design Awards recognise the best-of-the-best in design and architecture in the hotel, tourism and hospitality fields in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and celebrate exceptional projects that demonstrate design innovation, a commitment to sustainability design practices and deliver exceptional guest experience.

QT Auckland was selected from dozens of entries assessed by an esteemed panel of industry leaders in interior design, led by GHDWoodhead National Practice Leader, Leone Lorrimer; Design Assembly Principal, Paul Wiste and Scott Carver Director, Angela Biddle.

A metaphor for the inner-city building conversion, the oyster-inspired design flows through 150 rooms and suites, public spaces and meeting rooms, signature restaurant Esther and sixth-floor bar Rooftop at QT. 

No detail was spared with the oyster’s influence seen throughout the design – the weathered, rough, raw and natural textures of the shell’s exterior juxtaposed with the smooth, colourful and luxurious nature of the inside.

As a conversion project, design was expertly coordinated around the structure’s existing elements. Far from conventional, QT Auckland’s guest rooms have over 35 unique floorplans, featuring unexpected elements like curved walls, exposed concrete and asymmetrical layouts.

According to the judges, “This project certainly is proof that it is what is on the inside that counts. Taking a former commercial building and repurposing it into a hotel with 35 unique guestroom types is no easy feat. From the reception to the restaurant, to the rooftop bar, this project is so much more than what it could have been if not designed with such thoughtful consideration.”

A true collaboration, every element of the hotel was part of a detailed design process - working with Dean Duckworth, EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment Director of Project Management and Design; QT’s longstanding design collaborator Nic Graham; direction on restaurant spaces by Chef Sean Connolly; and QT Auckland’s owners Russell Property Group and Lockwood Property Group. 

“Receiving this esteemed design award is a testament to the entire team behind QT Auckland. We’re grateful to have such talented collaborators and partners, whose shared ambition, creativity and commitment resulted in this incredible achievement, making the newest QT Hotel truly best in class,” said Simon White, Event Hospitality and Entertainment General Manager Hotel Operations, NZ. 

QT Auckland was announced as the winner of the Paul Davis Hotel Design Award’s Best Refurbishment in Australasia category at Design Inn Symposium on Tuesday 4 May 2021. 

For more information about the Paul Davis Design Awards 2021, visit designinnsymposium.com/paul-davis-hotel-design-award.

For more information about QT Auckland, visit qthotels.com/auckland.

Aussie Bubble enables West Coast Hotel out of hibernation

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 00:15

The recent announcement of an Aussie travel bubble has shown immediate results and a significant spike in online activity for New Zealand’s largest Kiwi owned and operated hotel group. 

Terrace Downs Resort reopens

Monday, 15 March 2021 03:34

CPG Hotels, one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned and operated hotel groups, has announced the acquisition and reopening of the iconic Canterbury resort, Terrace Downs.

Rydges Formosa Golf Resort officially open

Monday, 01 March 2021 20:57

Event Hospitality & Entertainment (EVENT) has announced that Rydges Formosa Golf Resort has officially opened its doors following multi-million dollar renovations of the accommodation villas, public spaces and golf course.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania reopens

Monday, 01 March 2021 01:39

Hotel general manager, Kerryann Gibbs says, “We are on time, ready to go and just cannot wait to welcome our wonderfully loyal guests back.”

EVENT launches Atura Wellington

Monday, 15 February 2021 05:39

EVENT has announced the opening of Atura Wellington, previously The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges, an invigorating new brand in New Zealand. 

Tākina secures its first business event

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 01:46

Festival for the Future – a multi-day conference with more than 1200 delegates has been confirmed for Takina, Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre.

The 'HIPPO' returns to QT Wellington

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 01:00

QT Wellington’s award-winning Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail bar will reopen its doors on Thursday. 

New branding for hotel world leader

Monday, 08 February 2021 19:17

With nearly 6000 hotels across 100 countries and brands like InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, IHG Hotels & Resorts has been a big player in world hospitality, meetings, events and travel.

New 25 Hours Hotel Planned For Sydney in 2022

Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:45

Sydney’s first 25hours Hotel is set to open at the end of 2022.

Weta Workshop new experience and venue opens

Monday, 14 December 2020 23:00

Weta Workshop’s fantastical new experience Weta Workshop Unleashed will be revealed in Auckland today, promising visitors of all ages a journey through the creative process with surprises around every corner.

Otago Museum partners with iD Fashion Awards

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:20

Otago Museum  has partnered with iD Fashion Awards to create a new event - Fashion Fwd: Disruption through Design

Te Pae Christchurch looks to 2021

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:07

Construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is expected to be completed by the middle of next year. Following a commissioning period, the first events are likely to be held in the second half of 2021.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania closed due to the recent floods

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:12

Following the extensive floods that occurred in Napier, the Scenic Hotel Te Pania has been closed due to damage received during this event.

Vbase Wins The Best Food Experience Award

Monday, 09 November 2020 22:24

Christchurch’s Vbase has won ‘Best Food Experience’ at the New Zealand Event Awards for its catering at TEDxChristchurch 2019:Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging, at Christchurch Town Hall.

EVENT announces addition of Auckland Golf Resort

Monday, 19 October 2020 03:43

Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVENT) has announced the addition of its first golf resort to its collection of properties, as a result of a new management agreement to operate the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort. Formerly known as Formosa Golf Resort in Beachlands, Auckland, the property is undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of the golf course and its surrounding facilities. The hotel will reopen under the EVENT family of hotels in late-November 2020 with new owners, Beachlands South Limited Partnership, a partnership between NZ Super Fund and parties associated with the Russell Property Group. 

Capstone Launches Parkside Hotel & Apartments

Monday, 19 October 2020 01:53

New Zealand-owned Capstone Hotels & Resorts has been appointed as the management company for 100 Greys Avenue, formerly Amora Hotel Auckland, rebranding the property to Parkside Hotel & Apartments.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat Reopens 1 November

Monday, 19 October 2020 01:48

Renowned for being home to the rare, brown, ‘Rowi' kiwi, Franz Josef Glacier in the heart of Glacier Country is also home to the eco-luxe hotel, Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Fable Hotels opens Fitzroy Hotel in Ponsonby

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 23:24

Hotel Fitzroy, the new ‘five-star’ boutique hotel in Richmond Road, Ponsonby, welcomes its first guests today.  Our host will do whatever it takes to make their stay as memorable as possible, says general manager, Chris Dickinson.

Park Hyatt Auckland opens

Sunday, 13 September 2020 23:44

New Zealand’s first Park Hyatt hotel, Park Hyatt Auckland, has opened, offering travellers and Aucklanders a new luxurious place to meet, drink and dine in a prime waterfront location.

Top chef turns up at Trocadero

Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:39

Trocadero Restaurant and Bar welcomed chef Andreas Pfyl to lead its kitchen brigade. A recent and somewhat untimely returnee from Dubai, Andreas says he “Is thrilled to be back in the best place in the world,” and looks forward to re-opening next week.

Capstone Hotel Management secures management of Delamore Lodge

Sunday, 02 August 2020 22:18

New Zealand owned Capstone Hotels & Resorts trading as Capstone Hotel Management have been appointed as the Management Company for Delamore Lodge located on Waiheke Island, following its recent sale.

CPG Hotels launch new brands.

Saturday, 01 August 2020 03:16

CPG Hotels is launching its Fable Hotels & Resorts brand.  One of the first Fable Hotels to open its doors will be Fable Dunedin  (formerly known as Wains hotel) – where specially commissioned tartan blankets in every suite pay homage to the Scottish ties of the region. 

CPG Hotels new luxury boutique brand

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 01:50

CPG Hotels, owned by the Auckland-based Pandey family is to launch a bold new luxury boutique hotel brand with a projected investment of $100m. The plan to relaunch six hotels nationwide in Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington and Auckland within 18 months.

Hotels need events

Thursday, 02 July 2020 02:38

Stimulation of domestic travel and eventsl and opening the border to Australians are the top priorities for hotels to remain open for the next 12 months, according to a new survey.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown rolls out red carpet

Monday, 22 June 2020 05:53

Crowne Plaza Queenstown, has opened its doors earlier than anticipated and is rolling out the red carpet to welcome its first conference post COVID-19. 

Business events for Bay of Islands

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 04:11

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is a four-star rated property that carries a Silver Enviro Award and is located in Paihia, the heart of this popular destination.

Lower Hutt Events Centre is open and ready

Monday, 25 May 2020 02:50

The Lower Hutt Events Centre is open for business and promises a safe and secure alternative for meetings in Wellington.

Village Safe Place Programme

Friday, 22 May 2020 01:26

Village Accommodation Group’s ‘Village Safe Place’ programme, has been rolled out at all 5 Wellington apartment properties, including the flagship 5-star Boulcott Suites and AREA Events conference centre.

Te Pae Christchurch Signs First Major Supplier

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 05:02

Te Pae Christchurch has reinforced its commitment to showcasing Canterbury to the world, signing its first Canterbury-based food and beverage supplier.

Exclusive conservation experience

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 03:05

The George has partnered with Christchurch Helicopters and the Department of Conservation to sponsor Flight Path – a fundraising programme, and experience, that supports the critically-endangered orange-fronted kākāriki karaka.

Green light for business events of up to 100

Thursday, 14 May 2020 04:40

After the easing of restrictions on social gatherings and travel this week, the New Zealand Government has confirmed ticketed large events, including domestic business events and conferences can now go ahead with a 100-person limit.

Scenic Hotel Group Plans for restart

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:52

New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated hotel group, Scenic Hotel Group welcomes a return to Level 2 in what it hopes will signal a restart to its tourism and hospitality business.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts open for travel 

Thursday, 07 May 2020 23:20

Millennium Hotels & Resorts are open and committed to playing their part for New Zealand providing the same service and support that they have for over 30 years. Their commitment to guests and staff health and safety continues to be top priority and have flexible cancellation policies for bookings. Stay Safe. Be Kind. And we look forward to seeing you soon! #StayMCK

 

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Work starts on WCEC

Friday, 01 May 2020 02:17

Despite the impact of COVID-19, work on the WCEC is slightly ahead of schedule. All 220 piles have been put in place and 60 per cent of the base layer concrete had been poured when the Alert Level 4 lockdown was imposed by the New Zealand Government. Work kicked off again on the 28 April as New Zealand entered Alert Level 3.

Spark Arena becomes food bank

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:51

As reported by Stuff.co.nz New Zealand's largest indoor stadium has been transformed into a food bank to help feed thousands of households going hungry during the lockdown.

Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre's new online room configurator.

Monday, 30 March 2020 22:40

The Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre’s online room configurator tool has been designed to help business events planners create and develop their own event floor plans, whilst becoming more familiar with the rooms and flexibility of the centre throughout the construction period. 

Electric vehicles for guests at Crowne Plaza Auckland

Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:13


In the search for modern and sustainable travel experiences, Crowne Plaza Auckland and Cityhop have formed an exciting new partnership – creating exclusive benefits to guests booking via Crowne Plaza’s website or concierge desk.

Pullman Rotorua officially opened

Sunday, 08 March 2020 20:29

International hotel brand Pullman Rotorua was officially opened last Wednesday.

Veterinarians flock to Aotea Centre

Monday, 02 March 2020 22:56

Fifteen-hundred veterinary professionals from around the world will be in Auckland for the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC) on 6-8 April 2020 at Aotea Centre and the Auckland Town Hall.

Sudima Hotels plans for Queenstown

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 23:24

The 4.5-star hotel at Queenstown’s popular Five Mile precinct, set to open in the 2021-22 summer season, will operate as Sudima Queenstown and add to Sudima Hotels’ current portfolio of four hotels (Auckland Airport, Rotorua, Christchurch City and Christchurch Airport) and two more due to open in 2020-21, Auckland City and Kaikōura.

Multi-million dollar makeover for Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Sunday, 02 February 2020 23:59

Scenic Hotel Group, together with joint venture partner, Lindsay Clarke, have embarked on a multi-million dollar makeover of Scenic Hotel Dunedin City that will see several significant enhancements both to the building and guest offering.

New Direction for Waitakere Estate

Sunday, 02 February 2020 23:52

Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate has rebranded to Waitakere Resort & Spa with the appointment of Capstone Hotels & Resorts as its management company.

Scenic Hotel Group legacy for Auckland hotel

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:01

It’s back to the future for Scenic Hotel Auckland as it nears the completion of an ambitious two-year transformation to reveal itself as the new, premium brand, Airedale Boutique Suites.

Pullman Rotorua launches in the heart of the city

Monday, 20 January 2020 01:00

International hotel brand Pullman Hotels will add style and sophistication to the city of Rotorua with the recent opening of the premium Pullman Rotorua in January.

Festive-Themed dinner delights guests

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:02

Christmas came early for a group of business event organisers, who were treated to an intimate festive-themed dinner inside Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena last week.

Hippopotamus takes two hats in cuisine awards

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 21:30

QT Wellington is delighted to announce that its signature French fine dining restaurant Hippopotamus has earned Two Hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards.  After securing a coveted spot on Cuisine’s Top New Zealand Restaurants for 2019, Hippopotamus Restaurant was hatted for tallying a score of 17 – or “excellent: up there with the best” – by the industry experts behind the awards assessment team.

Date set for opening of Novotel Airport Christchurch

Monday, 18 November 2019 05:11

More than 120 newly-employed Novotel Christchurch Airport staff are days away from welcoming the first guests to the $80-million hotel.  The 4.5 star hotel will open on Monday, 25 November 2019 – two years later than expected.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Air New Zealand create the perfect partnership for Northland 

Monday, 11 November 2019 01:50

Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Air New Zealand have collaborated to create a unique offer for the Australian Conference and Incentive market to propel business into the Northland region of New Zealand.

Scenic Hotel Group Launches Legacy Collection

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 02:37

Leaving a positive mark on people and place is at the heart of Scenic Hotel Group’s new Legacy Collection; a collection of unique, premium properties, each with their own story to share and own legacy to leave on the people and places they touch. The first property to join the Legacy Collection is the award-winning, eco-luxe Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island’s West Coast.

Sudima Hotel group wins Supreme Tourism Award

Monday, 28 October 2019 18:59

A New Zealand hotel group that is excelling as an employer and in environmental sustainability is the winner of the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

Hilton welcomes Scott Thomson

Monday, 28 October 2019 05:19

Scott Thomson joins Hilton Auckland & Hilton Lake Taupo with a breadth of international experience spanning 25 years across multiple markets.

Most recently, as the general manager of Hilton Taipei, Scott oversaw the opening of the 400-room property and conversion of a 3,100sqm meetings and event centre which proved to be an integral component of the hotel’s continued success.