Workers are back on site of the Sudima Hotel in Kaikoura after construction was put on hold due to impacts of COVID in 2020.
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 not only COVID but from the 2016 earthquake.
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 around 60 staff, who will be employed locally.
"We are excited to see work start back up after the project was put in hibernation due to the loss of the international tourism market when COVID-19 hit," said Nik George, Kirk Roberts Christchurch Regional Manager.
The company decided to push out the date of completion, and expect the hotel to be open before the end of the year.
"It's fantastic to see the push to finish the Sudima Hotel, it shows confidence in our town’s future and the first major step in taking our district to the next level," expressed Craig Mackle, Kaikoura Mayor.
"I am pleased to see the hotel construction begin again and look forward to the employment and economic benefit the hotel will provide for the community," said Rawiri Manawatu, Te Rūnanga o kaikōura Ltd Managing Director.
Kirk Roberts Consulting is also working with Te Rūnanga o kaikōura to integrate the new hotel into the story being told along the motorway on Kaikoura’s coastline.