Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel to get 40 extra rooms in $13m expansion
A tourism boom has prompted a 40-room expansion in one of Hamilton's top riverside hotels.
Work on a $13m, four-level extension to the Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel is expected to start mid-2018.
The four-and-a-half-star hotel is owned by Waikato-Tainui through its investment arm Tainui Group Holdings (TGH).
The expansion shows confidence in the economic future of Hamilton, Waikato and the iwi, said Rukumoana Schaafhausen, who is chair of the executive committee of Waikato-Tainui, Te Arataura.
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"With the recent growth of tourism to become New Zealand's number one export earner, Waikato-Tainui is well placed with this 40-room expansion and other recent hotel investments to be part of this growth story and for our tribal members to take advantage of the new work opportunities which come with it," she said in a statement.
The $13m project will help with central city vitality, TGH chief executive Chris Joblin said - along with the recent opening of the Puurua TGH Partner Centre in Hamilton's Victoria St.
"This is an exciting time for the iwi, Hamilton and the Waikato region, with a lot of development under way combined with the continued benefits of the ongoing tourism boom," he said in a statement.
"With the new extension, Novotel Tainui Hamilton will be able to offer 217 contemporary rooms and suites to guests, ensuring Hamilton has a hotel offering of the quality and scale to match demand as the city grows as a business and visitor centre over the next few years.
"We're in a fortunate geographic position to provide overflow capacity for Auckland and help reinforce Hamilton as a potential economic hub for the future."
The extension will have four levels with ten rooms per level, with the new rooms to be the same size and layout as typical rooms within the existing hotel.
"The building form and materials will, where possible, match the existing hotel for maximum visual appeal," Joblin said.
During construction, every effort will be made to minimise noise and visual disruption to guests and hotel operations.
The extension is scheduled to open mid-2019.
Novotel Tainui Hamilton opened in 1999, and is operated by AccorHotels, and is Planet 21 certified for sustainability.
Waikato-Tainui also owns the 126-room Ibis Hamilton Tainui hotel, and at Auckland Airport, has a half share in the 263-room Novotel Auckland Airport, and a fourth hotel, Pullman Auckland Airport – Te Arikinui – jointly under development with Auckland International Airport Ltd.