Auckland Airport soon to see 12-storey hotel by Tainui Group

Auckland, New Zealand

What was rumor till yesterday has been confirmed today, with Tainui Group Holdings affirming that it will build a new hotel at Auckland International Airport.

An agreement, together with Accor Hospitality, has been announced between the airport and the tribe.

The completion of the 263-room, twelve storey Novotel property will come in time for the Rugby World Cup.

It was specified by Tainui Group Holdings managing director Mike Pohio that a construction company hasn't been decided on yet, with the project going to tender shortly.

The aim of the company is to complete the project by June 2011.

Mr. Pohio said: "That will allow Accor the normal commissioning period to make sure it is fully functioning in time for the big wave from the World Cup."

The 14,000sq m hotel, to be designed by Warren and Mahoney, will be just next to the airport's international terminal and constructed to a height of 52 metres.

According to Mr. Pohio, many jobs would be created by the hotel, and that would contribute to long term economic growth.

He added: "The hotel will assist Auckland and New Zealand tourism and trade. It will cater for the inevitable economic recovery and growth when it returns."

The new hotel will be Accor's 30th hotel in New Zealand.