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Sudima Kaikōura: Sudima Hotels announces new 4.5-star hotel

26 June 2018

The New Zealand leader in sustainable and socially responsible accommodation is giving a major boost to a destination regenerating after a natural disaster. Sudima Hotels has received the go-ahead to build a new, purpose-built 4.5-star hotel in Kaikōura, designed for domestic and international leisure travellers and offering 118 rooms, a restaurant and bar, conference facilities and a gym and pool. The hotel is scheduled to open during the summer of 2019/20.

Sudima Kaikōura will be ideally located on the shoreline of the Kaikōura township, with an exceptional outlook to the mountains and sea and within walking distance of Kaikōura's variety of offerings. The town has long been a major destination for domestic and international tourists, and following a 13-month, post-earthquake repair project to restore the damaged part of State Highway 1, tourism spending and visitor numbers are rising once again.

The General Manager of Destination Kaikōura, Glenn Ormsby, says, "We're thrilled to welcome Sudima Hotels to Kaikōura. We look forward to working with them to promote Kaikōura as a great place to visit and stay. Having another 118 rooms in the district will help attract new types of visitors to the area, and Kaikōura has a lot of potential to attract more visitors due to changes in the landscape and the new product coming online shortly.

"In particular, there are conference, biking, science/education and hiking activities that will complement our existing marine tourism offering. After a challenging 18 months, it's exciting to report new growth opportunities. The reach, influence and additional profile from having a hotel chain like Sudima Hotels located in Kaikōura cannot be underestimated."

Sudima Kaikōura will join Sudima Hotels nationwide portfolio of existing properties at Auckland Airport, Hamilton, Lake Rotorua, Christchurch Airport and a new Christchurch City hotel which is due to open in summer 2019.

Before the hotel opens, Sudima Hotels will have unveiled a comprehensive rebrand across its properties. The new brand will reposition Sudima Hotels in the market with a modern, contemporary and guest centric identity; details of the rebrand will be announced later this year.

Attractions near Sudima Hotels – Kaikōura:

  • Kaikōura township's cafes, restaurants and bars
  • I-SITE Information Centre
  • Kaikōura Peninsula whale, dolphin, seal and wildlife tours
  • Helicopter and aircraft flightseeing
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Coastal and alpine walks
  • Picton – two hours' drive
  • Marlborough wine country – two hours by car
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort – two hours by car
  • Mt Lyford skifield – 90 minutes by car
  • Waipara wine country – one hour 45 minutes by car
  • Christchurch – two hours 30 minutes by car
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