is­toric, nat­u­ral hot springs

Travel Digest - - LUXURY LODGES -

The Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel, a proud New Zealand prop­erty dat­ing back to 1889 and listed with the Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand, has had a sig­nif­i­cant re­fresh. The ho­tel’s vast land oc­cu­pies 70 plus acres of nat­u­ral beauty, in­clud­ing a won­der­ful coun­try style nine-hole golf course, also our on­site his­tor­i­cal and nat­u­ral hot springs. There are many fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in our 21-room prop­erty cater­ing to sin­gles, cou­ples, fam­i­lies, or friends trav­el­ling to­gether in­clud­ing our 100 seater restau­rant, sa­loon and pri­vate bar area both with Sky ac­cess, com­pli­men­tary wifi in all rooms and most pub­lic ar­eas for the con­ve­nience of our guests. We pro­vide bou­tique style con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties, break­out ar­eas, a large cov­ered out­door din­ing area with mar­quee and BBQ and the beau­ti­ful deck area off our main bar over­look­ing the golf course. We are im­mersed in his­tory, char­ac­ter and New Zealand charm with a unique lo­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence, which can­not be ri­valed. Ninety per cent of our team are all from the lo­cal ar­eas of Ti­rau, Pu­taruru, Toko­roa and Mata­mata – to add to this gen­uine New Zealand ex­pe­ri­ence. Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel is lo­cated in South Waikato, only 45 min­utes drive from Ro­torua, Tau­ranga and Hamil­ton, 60-min­utes from Taupo, 20-min­utes from Mata­mata and Cam­bridge or two hours drive south from Auck­land Air­port. There are many iconic at­trac­tions you can visit within an hour’s drive from the ho­tel. These fa­mous places of in­ter­est in­clude Hob­biton (20-min­utes drive), The Blue Springs (10-min­utes drive), TePuia or Ta­maki or Mi­tai Maori Vil­lages, Hells­gate Geother­mal Park, Agrodome, Sky­line Ro­torua, Hamil­ton Gar­dens, Hamil­ton Casino (all 40 to 50 min­utes drive). The gen­eral man­ager Luke Har­ley has come from a large range of high end prop­er­ties in Aus­tralia, Bali and The Mal­dives in­clud­ing six years at Palazzo Ver­sace, three years on Hay­man Is­land in the Whit­sun­days, Hu­vafen Fushi in The Mal­dives and two ho­tels in Bali, namely Karma Jim­baran and The Bale Nusa Dua, with most re­cently Tree­tops Lodge just out­side Ro­torua. All prop­er­ties have been Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World, Small Lux­ury Ho­tels or Vir­tu­oso aligned, so for him it is all about pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble guest ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­less of star rat­ings. He is sup­ported su­perbly by Cushla Wood as ho­tel man­ager, who has been at the ho­tel for 15 years and in her own right also has won­der­ful ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence, not just do­mes­ti­cally but also from her time on the Gold Coast in qual­ity prod­ucts be­fore re­turn­ing home to Pu­taruru. No one knows the prop­erty, the peo­ple or the area bet­ter than Cushla and her re­spect among the lo­cal com­mu­nity is para­mount to Oko­roire’s suc­cess. James Lough­nane as ex­ec­u­tive chef is also a proud Kiwi who too has re­turned home. He be­gan in Septem­ber 2015 to re­build the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from his time at Ca­ble Beach in Western Aus­tralia, the Dain­tree in North Queens­land, as well as re­cently at Fiord­land Lodge. Cre­at­ing the most gen­uine New Zealand menu pos­si­ble us­ing New Zealand in­gre­di­ents cooked by a Kiwi, is what’s im­por­tant to James and team to keep Ki­wis proud and at­tract the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket to some­thing that is tra­di­tion­ally Kiwi. In gen­eral through­out the prop­erty from house­keep­ing to kitchen to food and bev­er­age op­er­a­tions, to man­age­ment, it is de­liv­er­ing a true New Zealand ex­pe­ri­ence from a lo­cal team, which is why hav­ing 90 per cent of the team be­ing from the lo­cal area para­mount to de­liver this. We may not have the most ex­pe­ri­enced team around, but they all have heart and that wins over ex­pe­ri­ence any day of the week. To as­sist Oko­roire Hot Springs Ho­tel with sales and mar­ket­ing, the ho­tel has em­ployed the ser­vices of Mitchell Corp and joined Main­stay Ho­tels. This is en­abling the ho­tel to build a solid busi­ness plat­form and pro­file within the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors, as well as help with in­creas­ing FIT, group tour, wed­dings, con­fer­enc­ing and event busi­ness. Oko­roire Hot Springs ho­tel is a won­der­ful prop­erty to re­lax, un­wind, be as ac­tive or in­ac­tive as you like and al­low a get­away from big city life, while giv­ing an in­sight into the unique life­style that is New Zealand.

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