New Zealand’s first Ritz-Carlton property is on the Auckland books to open in late 2019 according to plans released by Marriott International.

The 300 room and suite hotel will be built next to SkyCity’s casino and planned events centre in the city’s central business district.. Plans include two ballrooms, several fine dining restaurants and a new street level café that will mix with the already popular dining precinct.

Council consents show the building would be 209 metres high with up to 51 levels and 10 podium levels. At this height, it would give 360 degrees uninterrupted views of Auckland and its surrounds. The proposed hotel is one of around half a dozen new hotel projects that the city expects to see completed over the next five years.