Progress again .. An artist’s impression of the new Sudima Hotel in Kaikoura. IMAGE: SUPPLIED


Work has resumed on the new Sudima Hotel in Kaikoura, which is expected to open later this year.

Construction stalled in April last year because of Covid-19 and its impact on the tourism industry.

The restart of the $35 million project, developed by Kirk Roberts Consulting, will be a welcome boost to the tourist town’s economy as it continues to recover from the 2016 earthquake and the impact of the pandemic.

The 120-room, 4.5 star-rated waterfront hotel is expected to bring more domestic tourists to the area, with an estimated 70,000 additional new visitors coming to town annually.

The state-of-the art hotel will also provide jobs for about 60 staff, who will be employed locally.

Kirk Roberts Christchurch regional manager Nik George says it is exciting to see work restart after the project was put on hold because of the loss of the international tourism market when Covid-19 hit.

the date of completion, and we expect the hotel to be open before the end of the year.

Kaikoura Mayor Craig Mackle says the push to finish the Sudima shows confidence in Kaikoura’s future. “It is the first major step in taking our district to the next level.

Te Runanga o Kaikoura Ltd managing director Rawiri Manawatu says it is pleasing to see the resumption of construction.

He says he is looking forward to the employment and economic benefits it will provide for the community.

Kirk Roberts Consulting is also working with Te Runanga o Kaikoura to integrate the new hotel into the story being told in art installations along the highway on Kaikoura’s coastline.