Hapuku Lodge, Pullman, Edgewater among hospo awards finalists

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is one of the finalists in the Hospitality NZ Awards. Image: HapukuLodge.com

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Pullman Auckland and Wanaka’s Edgewater are among the 54 finalists announced for the 2017 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

“The finalists for the 2017 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence have been selected and it was no easy job for the judges,” said Vicki Lee, chief executive of Hospitality New Zealand.

“Once again, I’m excited by the calibre of the entries received this year. It reinforces the level of professionalism and passion that our operators have for the industry,” said Lee.

“On top of that they had to squeeze in writing their awards entries around the major event of the year, the Lions Tour, which had many in the industry flat out for a number of weeks.”

Lee said the finalists were spread from one end of the country to the other, which reflected the value the industry brought to every region in the form of jobs and money injected into the local economy.

Country hotels, upmarket metropolitan gastro pubs, multi-million dollar hotels, neighbourhood cafés, regional motels, exceptional hosts, marketers and trainers from all over the country are among the finalists.

“Each year the awards undergo a complete review to ensure we have the industry covered from a category perspective,” said Lee. “We also continuously refine the entry process to make it simple to enter while still requiring entrants to prove they are deserving of an award.”

Entrants in the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence are judged over an eight-week period by a panel of independent industry professionals.

The judges assess entries on a range of commercial and operational criteria including staff training and human resources, customer service, food and beverages, marketing and promotional activities, environmental initiatives and the demonstration of business growth. The finalists would now be ‘mystery shopped’ to ensure what they said on paper is what they actually did in real life.

The winners of the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence will be announced at the organisation’s national conference in Wellington on October 19.

The 54 award finalists are spread across 16 separate categories:

Best Bar 

D4 on Featherston, Wellington

Emerson’s Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin

Gin and Raspberry, Wanaka

Best Café 

Dog with Two Tails, Dunedin

Fidel’s, Wellington

Longshot, Auckland

Best Country Hotel

Jolly Stockman, Gisborne

Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara

Woodbourne Tavern, Renwick, Marlborough

Best Environmental/Sustainable Business

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Kaikoura

Pullman Auckland

Wahi at Oceans, Tutukaka

Best Hotel 

Edgewater, Wanaka

Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel

Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland

Pullman Auckland

Best Motel 

Harbour City Motor Inn, Tauranga

La Rochelle Motel, Akaroa

Whangaparaoa Lodge, Auckland

Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery 

Good Neighbour, Hamilton

Park Kitchen, Miramar, Wellington

The Dubliner, Methven

Best Newcomer – Accommodation 

Aura Accommodation, Rotorua

Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

Best Newcomer – F&B 

Brew Union Brewing Co, Palmerston North

Emerson’s Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin

The Little High Eatery, Christchurch

Best Redeveloped Accommodation

Aura Accommodation, Rotorua

Jet Park Hotel and Conference Centre

Stay Kerikeri

Best Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant

Bowl and Social, SkyCity Hamilton

Danger Danger, Wellington

Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub, Wellington

The Rising Tide, Mt Maunganui

Best Restaurant

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown

Kika, Wanaka

Smith & McKenzie Steak House, Hamilton

Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, Skyline Rotorua

White + Wong’s, Auckland

Excellence in Gaming

Ed St, Pukekohe

Square Leg, Hamilton

Tote and Craft, Upper Hutt

Yardhouse, Hamilton

Excellence in Host Responsibility

Christchurch Casino

Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub, Wellington

Stampede Bar and Grill, Papakura

Excellence in Marketing

Bowl and Social, SKYCITY Hamilton

D4 Featherston, Wellington

Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

The Dubliner, Methven

Excellence in Training & Staff Development

D4 on Featherston, Wellington

Delaware North Wellington Airport, Wellington

Emberz at Ascot, Invercargill

Emersons Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin

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