Auckland to get New Zealand's first Ritz-Carlton

Photo by George Clerk (Auckland)

New Zealand is about to get its first Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed a management agreement with NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited to launch the brand in Auckland in 2019.

“We have long desired to bring The Ritz-Carlton to New Zealand and we’ve patiently waited for the right partner and opportunity that will create a showcase worthy of this world-class city,” Hervé Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said in a statement. “We’re delighted to be partnering with NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited to open the first Ritz-Carlton in [New Zealand].”

Located downtown, adjacent to Sky City, the 300-guestroom Ritz-Carlton, Auckland will have 360-degree views of Auckland’s twin harbors with easy access to nearby vineyards on Waiheke Island by helicopter. The property will have two ballrooms for large-scale meetings and events. 

Last week, Marriott International—parent company of Ritz-Carlton—announced that it had a pipeline of both signed and approved deals set to bring an additional 18 properties to the Australia/New Zealand region. Marriott is on track to grow to 50 hotels over the next four years across the region and add more than 4,500 rooms to its current supply.