21 NOVEMBER 2016
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New Zealand is set to welcome its first Ritz-Carlton after the hotel company signed a management agreement with NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) for a 300-room new-build property in Auckland.
Located in the downtown area amid the well-preserved landmarks for which Auckland is renowned, and next to the distinctive Sky City development, the hotel will offer uninterrupted 360deg views of Auckland’s twin harbours.
Special features for guests will include easy access to nearby vineyards on Waiheke Island beyond by helicopter, as well as the chance to experience hands-on the thrills of the America’s Cup on trips on an original racing yacht.
Ritz-Carlton says the hotel will take advantage of its location and New Zealand’s natural outdoors culture with terraces next to the lounge area as well as a street-level café providing a place to see and be seen.
There will also be two restaurants offering fine dining while two Ritz-Carlton ballrooms will cater for Auckland’s growing international convention and meetings business as well as showcasing events and weddings.
R-C president and COO Hervé Humler said: “We have long desired to bring the Ritz-Carlton to New Zealand and have waited patiently for the right partner and opportunity to create a showcase worthy of this world-class city.”
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