By ROBYN BRISTOW
The Sudima Hotel is being described as a beacon of hope for the Kaikoura economy.
Jade Kirk, the chief executive of Kirk Roberts Consulting, the firm responsible for the building’s design, engineering and project management, says lenders have given their full support to the project.
The Sudima hotel chain is looking forward to managing the facility, he says.
Mr Kirk says the project shows that confidence and investment in the tourist sector is still strong.
Kaikoura Mayor Craig Mackle, along with leading tourism operators, business leaders and iwi, will be given a guided tour of the new $35m hotel this Friday.
The four-level complex will be Kaikoura’s first 4.5-star hotel when it opens in September next year.
“Kaikoura has a lot of exciting times ahead. This town is a tourism jewel in New Zealand’s crown,” he says.
Construction of the structure will be completed shortly and the internal fit-out will then begin.
The 6000 square metre floor plan has been designed to maximise the views and many of the raw materials used have been chosen for their link to Kaikoura’s history and landscape.
“We’ve got a lot of exposed concrete that matches Kaikoura’s historic railway bridges, piers and slipways. The white exterior is a nod to the limestone found in the area and we’ve got timber cladding and cedar wrapping around the hotel inside and out, which reflects Kaikoura’s hills and countryside.”
Once opened, the Sudima Kaikoura will feature 118 rooms plus a bar, restaurant and conference facility. The high-profile site at 114 The Esplanade offers views of the sea and mountains, and also includes a heated pool and gymnasium.
“It’s a very elegant hotel and the views are absolutely spectacular from every room,” Mr Kirk says.
“The building’s architectural form and scale is starting to shine through now.
“It’s been designed so that every room has really good light and views of the sea, mountains or both. It’s quite stunning.
“From every single part of the building you see views, even in the corridors, so the stunning Kaikoura landscape is always present inside the building.
Mr Kirk says the individual hotel-room sizes are another point of difference. A standard studio at Sudima Kaikoura will be 30 to 33 square metres compared with an industry average of 22 to 26 sq m.
“The rooms are quite unique in terms of how they’re laid out.
“After the setbacks of the 2016 earthquake, followed by Covid-19, Kaikoura is ready to launch its tourism comeback,” Mr Kirk says. “Having high quality facilities like Sudima Kaikoura will help lure more Kiwis and eventually international tourists back into town.”