New Zealand Bloodstock has begun constructing a new hotel conveniently located at Karaka, 30 minutes’ drive south of Auckland City and 20 minutes from Auckland Airport.
The first and only hotel to be situated in the Papakura-Franklin area, invited guests on Thursda witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony for the project where local MP Hon. Judith Collins cut the ribbon to signify the commencement of the construction project due for completion in January 2021.
Hilton, the leading global hotel company, will manage the hotel under their DoubleTree by Hilton brand. DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka will be a wonderful expansion of the DoubleTree brand in New Zealand, joining four other DoubleTree by Hilton-branded properties across the country, including DoubleTree by Hilton Napier Hotel & Suites which is due to open Q4 of this year.
At the event, Andrew Seabrook, Managing Director of NZB, described the project in detail. The hotel will offer 120 stylish guest rooms, including four suites, a restaurant and bar, along with conference facilities set amongst the picturesque Sales Centre at Karaka.
“We’re thrilled to get construction underway,” said Seabrook.
“This hotel will not only be appealing to our international thoroughbred and standardbred clients but also to tourists, business operators and event organisers alike.”
Heidi Kunkel, Hilton’s Vice President of Operations for Australasia, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Karaka Hotel Limited to bring our world-renowned DoubleTree by Hilton signature welcome to Karaka,”
“DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka will certainly be a wonderful addition to our current portfolio of hotels across New Zealand, of which, we currently have six hotels operating.”