The former Victoria Park car park building in downtown Auckland is being transformed into a luxury hotel and suites that will be managed by the Hong Kong-headquartered Swiss BelHotel International group – it’s first New Zealand venture.

The $20m project is close to being finished with owners Manson TCLM adding six new levels to the building with retail and car parking in the base.

The building has been an eyesore for many years but now is on a 20-year lease to the Hong Kong operator where 40 suites and guest parking is being provided. Hotel manager is Nick Simmons who said that even before opening this month, over 2000 room nights had been pre-booked.

Swiss BelHotel International Hotels & Resorts manages 140 hotels in 120 countries.