SKYCITY announces new hotel and restaurant

After a successful financial year and a net profit after tax of eight per cent growth to $141.4 million, SKYCITY has announced plans to invest a cut of that – $35 million to be exact – into its Hamilton hotel development.
SKYCITY’s CEO Nigel Morrison said he has been most impressed with the growth in SKYCITY Hamilton, and its international business.
“We have a lot of confidence in the growth of the Waikato region and we are pleased to announce that plans will be finalised shortly for the $35 million development of a four-plus-star hotel with 135 rooms above our Hamilton property,” Mr Morrison said.
To complement the 111 standard rooms, the hotel will include eight luxury duplex suites, and 16 large suites with river frontage balconies. There will also be a five-lane swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Hamilton City Mayor Julie Hardaker said the community is delighted to see SKYCITY continuing to support and invest in Hamilton.
“The city does need more of these high-quality hotels and I think this is complementary and positive news for the city,” Ms Hardaker said.
Another exciting addition to SKYCITY’s repertoire was also announced, with New Zealand favourite, chef Nic Watt to return from London and open a Japanese robatayaki restaurant.
Nic Watt has worked at internationally acclaimed restaurants including the Michelin-starred Nobu. The new restaurant will add to the brand’s enviable menu of international eateries, transforming it into the foodie precinct of Auckland.

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peppers takes over the carrington

The Carrington Resort has been crowned Peppers Carrington Resort with Peppers adding the luxurious property to its portfolio. Peppers Carrington Resort has a lodge, villa accommodation, golf course, vineyard and cellar door, along with exclusive conference and event facilities at Karikari Peninsula in the picturesque Northland region, four hours north of Auckland.
Peppers now has its name to seven properties across new Zealand, accumulating three in 2012 alone.
The jewel in Peppers Carrington Resort’s crown is its 6417 metre, par 72, 18 hole championship golf course, designed by renowned US golf course designer Matt Dye. Along with sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and hillside vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south, it boasts one of the longest par fives in New Zealand at 569 metres, to one of the shortest par threes at 113 metres over water.
The chairman of Carrington Resort Limited, Paul Kelly, said the alignment with Peppers would build on Carrington’s already established reputation as a premier golfing resort.
“Aligning ourselves with a quality brand like Peppers and the extensive distribution network behind it will lift the Carrington’s profile that much further in both the New Zealand and Australian market, and I look forward to this next phase in our development,” Mr Kelly said.

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