Artist's impression of the Kaikoura Sudima hotel

Sudima Hotels has been given the green light to build a new 4.5-star hotel in Kaikoura.

Since the earthquake in 2016 which caused over $900 million of damage, Kaikoura has had a lack of new developments and progress had slowed. However, new projects such as the new Sudima Kaikoura hotel hope to draw tourists back to the coastal town.

Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, the CEO of Sudima Hotels, said “We’re very pleased to be able to announce the new hotel at this time, and to be playing a role in the recovery of Kaikōura following the earthquake that badly affected the town and its economy. Sudima Hotels will bring a growing national brand and distinctive product offer to Kaikōura as it continues to rebuild and develop.”

Maintaining Kaikoura’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s most naturally beautiful destinations, Sudima Kaikoura will take a responsible, forward-thinking approach to sustainability and accessibility. The hotel will be single-use plastic free and work alongside social change organisation Be Accessible to design the hotel to Gold or Platinum accessibility status.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Sudima Hotels to Kaikōura. We look forward to working with them to promote Kaikōura as a great place to visit and stay. Having another 118 rooms in the district will help attract new types of visitors to the area, and Kaikōura has a lot of potential to attract more visitors due to changes in the landscape and the new product coming online shortly.” general manager of Destination Kaikōura, Glenn Ormsby, said.

Kaikoura Mayor, Winston Gray was also excited about the prospect of a new development in the area.

“Since the earthquake we’ve had a lot of disruption, including a few times where accommodation in town was completely sold out. This project sends a positive signal to locals, visitors and investors that Kaikōura is on a path to becoming better than ever. It will give confidence to other investors that Kaikōura is really on the move and I’m really looking forward to the development getting underway.” Gray said.

Sudima Kaikoura will offer 118 rooms, and plans to open in the summer of 2019/2020.