hotels

With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
SkyCity's made a $16 million Queenstown property play in a bid to house high-rollers. The giant casino/hotel company has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy the resort's largest undeveloped lakefront block. It plans building a five-star hotel at 633 Frankton...
Jeremy Black last lived in Queenstown when his dad Chris managed Rydges Lakeland Resort. Now, remarkably, the 34-year-old's back in town running his dad's hotel. Jeremy's taken over Rydges, including the new five-star QT Queenstown, from Vince Santoro. Now a hotel consultant,...
A new Queenstown hotel's setting a benchmark for pay rates in the industry. Mi-pad is paying all 16 of its staff at least the 'living wage', which is $20.55 an hour. That contrasts with the new minimum wage of $17.70 an...
Real estate researchers claim Queenstown's hotel developers are struggling to make their plans a reality after a surge in the number on the cards for the area. A report published last month by real estate sector giant CBRE shows occupancy...

Hotel boom

On the eve of a new five-star hotel opening for business, Mountain Scene can reveal at least another 2700 rooms are on the cards for the resort. QT Queenstown – a 69-room hotel on Brunswick Street above the Rydges –...

$60m blockbuster unveiled

A luxury $60 million hotel is proposed for one of Queenstown's largest undeveloped sites. Auckland-based Shundi Customs has applied for consent for a five- to six-star, 68-room hotel on Frankton Road, less than a kilometre from the CBD. It's two-and-a-half levels...
An Auckland-based Chinese developer is proposing a huge hotel and serviced apartment complex at the eastern edge of Queenstown's Arthurs Point. Shuguang Li's company '182 Arthurs Point Ltd' has applied for a resource consent for the 2.15-hectare site between Arthurs...

Expansion on the horizon

A luxury Queenstown hotel is pushing north – by taking on a posh, 25-metre cruiseliner in Auckland Harbour. The Rees Hotel is also looking at building a spanking new hotel in Christchurch. Hotel boss Mark Rose says the growth signals the...

Rising from the rubble

A new five-star designer hotel in central Queenstown is expected to be completed in October. Construction is well underway on QT Queenstown – part of a $35 million project at the rear of the Rydges Lakeland Resort. It will feature 69...

Lake snot costs hit hotels

Queenstown hotels are being forced to install expensive filtration systems to prevent lake snot clogging their water systems. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel manager Vincent Macquet says a self-cleaning filter identical to one operating at Dunedin Hospital was installed at the hotel five...
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