The proposed Ramada Hotel to be built at Remarkables Park, Queenstown.

Safari to build Ramada hotel at Remarkables Park

Safari Group (NZ) Ltd will build its third Ramada hotel in New Zealand at the Remarkables Park Town Centre at Frankton, Queenstown.

Auckland-based Safari (Robert Neil & Stephen Taylor) is building 3 Quest hotels in the Beaumont Quarter in Auckland (completed), at Taupo and in Wellington, and is building Ramada hotels in Rotorua & Christchurch. Ramada is part of the worldwide US-based Wyndham Hotel Group, which has 7800 sites internationally.

The company has applied to the Queenstown Lakes District Council for resource consent for a $25 million, 48-room, 6-apartment hotel to be built next to the planned convention centre at Remarkables Park, and hopes to start work before Christmas, opening by Christmas 2015.

The 4-level 5000m² hotel will be built in a new high street area opposite the new Wakatipu High School.

Mr Neil said a key tenant had been secured for the ground-floor café and the complex would also include 8 boutique stores.

The 2- & 3-bedroom apartment suites will be on the top floor, which will also have 400m² of commercial office space. The building will have 34 underground & 22 outdoor parking spaces.

Mr Neil said Remarkables Park’s proposed multi-million dollar convention centre had been a major motivator for the hotel development: “That’s certainly one of the main reasons behind our decision, but it’s not the only one. The economic development & growth of the wider Frankton Flats area is also a big drawcard.

“The evolution of Frankton & Remarkables Park is so significant that we want to be involved. There’s nothing else like this in the area and we believe it presents a huge opportunity.”

Remarkables Park lodged a resource consent application last month to build a 2700m² convention centre, providing for up to 900 delegates.

Earlier story: 19 June 2014: Porters release details of Remarkables Park convention centre

Attribution: Company release.

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