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Key dignitaries will be given their first look inside Kaikoura’s most luxurious hotel this week which is nearing completion and promises to reignite the local tourism sector and economy.
Kaikoura’s mayor, Craig Mackle, along with leading tourism operators, business leaders and iwi, will be given a guided tour through the new $35m Sudima Hotel this Friday (31st July) by Jade Kirk, Chief Executive of Kirk Roberts Consulting who are responsible for the building’s design, engineering and project management.
The four-level complex will be Kaikoura’s first ever 4.5 star hotel when it opens in September 2021.
“Kaikoura’s got a lot of exciting times ahead,” Kirk says. “This town is a tourism jewel in New Zealand’s crown. This week’s site tour will give key people the opportunity to see what’s coming, create some excitement and get everyone looking positively in the right direction.”
Construction of the physical structure will be completed shortly and the internal fit-out will then begin. Kirk says the hotel is a beacon of hope for the local economy and shows that confidence and investment in the tourism sector is still strong.
“A lot of people are really keen to see Kaikoura and the economy in this region grow. Lenders have given their full support and the Sudima hotel chain are looking forward to managing this first-class facility.”
The 6000m² floor plan has been designed to maximise the views and many of the raw materials used have been chosen specifically for their link to Kaikoura’s history and landscape.
“We’ve got a lot of exposed concrete that matches Kaikoura’s historic railway bridges, piers and slipways. The white exterior is a nod to the limestone found in the area and we’ve got timber cladding and cedar wrapping around the hotel inside and out, which reflects Kaikoura’s hills and countryside.”
Once opened, the Sudima Kaikoura will feature 118 rooms plus a bar, restaurant and conference facility. The high-profile site at 114 The Esplanade offers stunning views of both the sea and mountains, and also includes a heated pool and gymnasium.
“It’s a very elegant hotel and the views are absolutely spectacular from every room,” Kirk says. “The building’s architectural form and scale is starting to shine through now. It’s been designed so that every room has really good light and views of the sea, mountains or both. It’s quite stunning. From every single part of the building you see views, even in the corridors, so the stunning Kaikoura landscape is always present inside the building.”
Kirk says the size of the individual hotel rooms are another point of difference. A standard studio at Sudima Kaikoura will be 30-33m² compared to an industry average of 22-26m². “The rooms are quite unique in terms of how they’re laid out.”
After the set-backs of the 2016 earthquake followed by COVID-19, Kaikoura is ready to launch its tourism come-back. Having high quality facilities like Sudima Kaikoura will help lure more Kiwis – and eventually international tourists – back into town.
“This hotel is coming and it’s going to transform the local economy. We’re excited to show people through this week so everyone can share our enthusiasm for what lies ahead.”