building boom


PHOTO: JOHN WEEKES The opening date of SkyCity’s Horizon Hotel is up in the air following the huge convention centre fire.

The biggest hotel construction period in New Zealand is in full swing with about $2 billion of construction completed and underway.

In the past 12 months just over 1000 new hotel rooms have opened with 440 of them in Auckland, 380 in Wellington, 170 in Queenstown and 86 in Christchurch, a Colliers report said.

Another 3900 are under construction, two thirds in Auckland, the Colliers report said. That includes the 300-room Horizon Hotel, being built alongside the under-construction New Zealand International Convention Centre for SkyCity. The hotel’s opening date is up in the air following the huge fire at the convention centre.

SkyCity said this week there would be a “further material delay” to the completion dates for the convention centre and adjoining Horizon Hotel.