New manager for top Queenstown hotel

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Queenstown’s celebrated luxury boutique hotel has a new general manager.

Rugby enthusiast James Cavanagh is taking the helm at Eichardt’s Private Hotel on Marine Parade.

Aucklander Cavanagh, who has 15 years’ experience in the sector, takes over from Chris McIntosh – who quit after 18 months in the job.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with the great team at Eichardt’s,” Cavanagh says.

“Not only is Queenstown an iconic national and international tourist destination, but Eichardt’s is an iconic luxury property.

“Chris McIntosh has done a tremendous job and I’m keen to build on his efforts and successes and take Eichardt’s to the next level in terms of productivity.”

Cavanagh has previously worked in premium and luxury hotels in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Before accepting the position, he was with Rydges Hotels and Resorts Group, where he was most recently general manager of the 70-room Rydges North Melbourne.

The move from Melbourne to Queenstown will be a complete life change for himself and his family – wife Jo and daughters Phoebe, seven, and Scarlett, three, Cavanagh says.

An ardent rugby enthusiast, he plays, coaches and referees the game.

“I’ll be digging out my rugby boots, hoping to do some training with the Wakatipu team,” he says.

Eichardt’s is owned by Andrew and Sarah Cox, who have wished McIntosh well in his new role as group general manager of Auckland’s Blackstone Hospitality.

“We very much appreciate all that Chris has achieved at Eichardt’s, particularly in his contribution to putting Eichardt’s on a sustainable growth path,” Andrew Cox says.

Cavanagh has started his new role today (Monday) as manager of the private hotel, Eichardt’s Lakefront Apartments, Eichardt’s Residence and the bar.

The hotel was named one of the best hotels in the world by posh UK magazine Tatler earlier this year.