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Earlier this year the Kaikoura Sudima started ground works. The Sudima construction project has made great progress, yet the opening of the hotel on the esplanade had to be pushed back to early 2021 instead of October 2020.
The 4.5 start hotel in Kaikōura will be located on 114 Esplanade, a superb location on the shoreline close to town with stunning views of the mountains and sea. It also puts the hotel within easy walking distance of, shops, restaurants and bars and Kaikōura’s activities with Encounter Kaikōura just around the corner.
Kaikōura’s Sudima is designed for domestic and international leisure travellers and offering 120 rooms, in-house restaurant and bar, 2 conference and event venues, gym and an outdoor heated infinity pool with great views.
Kaikōura Mayor Winston Gray said in an earlier interview that the new hotel would be a game changer with employment opportunities and adding a quality venue for locals and visitors for events or conferences.
The Sudima hotel group is New Zealand’s leader in sustainable and socially responsible accommodation. In terms of social responsibility, building one of their hotels here is supporting Kaikōura regenerating after the earthquake in 2016. Sudama’s commitment to sustainability shows in their goals to open the hotel completely single-use plastic-free, which will be the main goal for all Sudima’s by 2020. They believe that in a pristine environment such as Kaikoura, it’s particularly important to minimize your impact.
“When you choose to stay with us at Sudima Kaikōura, you can be rest-assured you’re contributing to a more sustainable environment. We were the first hotel in New Zealand to be awarded a carboNZero certification and have won awards for our sustainable achievements.”
The hotel’s sustainable goals are very much in line with Kaikōura’s image of offering New Zealand’s best eco-tourism experiences.
Another innovative feature is the modular design that is chosen for the hotel in Kaikōura. Consulting engineer and project manager is Kirk Roberts explains that in a modular design the components in the rooms, the services and a lot of the structural elements like walls and panels would be standardized and made off site and assembled on the hotel site. Most parts are pre-fabricated in local factories in Christchurch. Modular design and building require a highly skilled technical and design team.
The building would take about 14 months rather that than nearly two years if it was constructed traditionally. A similar number of workers would be on site as for a traditional build, but they would be doing a very specific job in a much more quality controlled environment for a shorter time. Hence, the relatively early opening of the hotel in October 2020.
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 that recently opened.