Sudima opens the first 4.5 star hotel in Kaikoura

Sudima has introduced a 120-room hotel in the city of Kaikōura on the east coast of the South Island.

The NZ$35 million property is the region’s first 4.5-star hotel and offers much-needed accommodation and accommodation facilities ahead of the busy summer period.

“Kaikōura is an important part of New Zealand’s international and domestic tourism offering, and we are proud to be part of the hospitality offering welcoming visitors to the region,” said COO of Sudima Hotels, Les Morgan.

“We know that having more accommodation options for travellers, like our 4.5 star hotel, will help attract an additional, high spender class of tourists, which will have a positive impact across the region. because those tourism dollars are spent locally.”

Located on the esplanade, about 1 km from the city center, the hotel offers picturesque views of the surrounding landscape, including the mountains and the sea.

“Kaikōura is an area of ​​great natural beauty, and it is a privilege to share the great hospitality and values ​​of our Sudima Hotels with guests who come to enjoy its wonders,” added Morgan.

Kirk Roberts Consulting pioneered the construction of the building’s modular design and has made great strides in reducing waste and increasing efficiency during construction.

“We are proud to have delivered this world-class hotel, with its innovative design features unique to its coastal location,” said Jade Kirk, CEO of Kirk Roberts Consulting.

“All guests will enjoy stunning views that stretch from the ground floor throughout the hotel. Being able to showcase the local history of this unique region of New Zealand is something you won’t find anywhere elsewhere in the world.”

There is an emphasis on supporting local art, culture and food at the property, with one of the main features being an expansive gallery-style atrium that will display local Maori artwork from the area .

The property has a Hiku restaurant and bar – the Maori word for ‘whale’s tail’ – which is influenced by the region’s history and culture. The menu features local seafood, farm produce, wine and beer. There is also a heated swimming pool and gym on site.

“As New Zealand’s leading hotel group for sustainable and socially responsible accommodation, I look forward to ensuring guests have a world-class experience infused with the hotel group’s values,” said Brad McGlynn, Hotel Manager. Sudima Kaikōura.

The hotel will also provide a significant economic boost to the region, which continues to recover from the impacts of the 2016 earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicholas E. Crittendon