2017 Awards for Excellence


2017 Awards for Excellence


The very finest of Kiwi hospitality have once again been recognised at Hospitality New Zealand’s 20th annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held in central Wellington on ­Thursday 19 October 2017.

Over 400 people from the hospitality community came from all corners of the country to celebrate the diversity of New Zealand’s food and beverage, and accommodation sectors.

An intensive judging process by a panel of independent industry professionals considered many aspects of the finalist’s businesses. These included staff training and human resources, customer service, food and beverage offerings, marketing and promotional activities, and the demonstration of business growth.

Now in its 20th year, the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence honours the achievements of the hardworking and competitive people who make the hospitality and accommodation businesses throughout New Zealand exceptional.


Thanks to our Principal Sponsor for the 2017 Awards for Excellence:




2017 Awards for Excellence Winners


Supreme Winner
Whangaparaoa Lodge, Auckland



Best Newcomer - Accommodation
Porter's Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

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Finalists: 
Aura Accommodation, Rotorua


Excellence in Gaming
Square Leg, Hamilton

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Finalists: 
Ed St, Pukekohe
Tote and Craft, Upper Hutt
Yardhouse, Hamilton


Best Country Hotel
Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara

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Finalists: 
Jolly Stockman, Gisborne
Woodbourne Tavern, Renwick, Marlborough


Best Environmental/Sustainable Business
Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, Kaikoura

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Finalists: 
Pullman, Auckland
Wahi at Oceans, Tutukaka


Excellence in Training & Staff Development
Emerson's Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin

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Finalists: 
D4 on Featherston, Wellington
Delaware North, Wellington Airport, Wellington
Emberz at Ascot, Invercargill


Best Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant
Jack Hackett's Irish Pub, Wellington

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Finalists: 
Bowl and Social, SKYCITY Hamilton
Danger Danger, Wellington
The Rising Tide, Mt Maunganui


Best Newcomer - F&B
The Little High Eatery, Christchurch

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Finalists: 
Brew Union Brewing Co, Palmerston North
Emerson's Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin


Excellence in Marketing
Bowl and Social, SKYCITY Hamilton

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Finalists: 
D4 on Featherston, Wellington
Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Bar
The Dubliner, Methven


Best Retail Off-Licence
West Harbour Village Wine and Spirits

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Best Redeveloped Accommodation
Stay Kerikeri

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Finalists: 
Aura Accommodation, Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel and Conference Centre


Excellence in Host Responsibility
Jack Hackett's Irish Pub, Wellington

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Finalists: 
Christchurch Casino
Stampede Bar and Grill, Papakura


Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery
Park Kitchen, Wellington

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Finalists: 
Good Neighbour, Hamilton
The Dubliner, Methven


Personality of the Year - F&B
Herbert Sabapathy, Skyline Rotorua




 Best Motel
Whangaparaoa Lodge, Auckland

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Finalists: 
Harbour City Motor Inn, Tauranga
La Rochelle Motel, Akaroa


Best Cafe
Fidel's, Wellington
(Accepted on their behalf by HNZ Regional Manager Raewyn Tan)

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Finalists: 
Dog with Two Tails, Dunedin
Longshot, Auckland


Best Restaurant
Kika, Wanaka

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Finalists: 
Botswana Butchery, Queenstown
Smith & McKenzie Steak House, Hamilton
Stratosphere Restaurant & Bar, Skyline Rotorua
White + Wong's, Auckland


Best Hotel
Edgewater, Wanaka
(Accepted on their behalf by HNZ Regional Manager Charlotte Simpson and Branch President Drew Harmer)

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Finalists: 
Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel
Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland
Pullman Auckland


Best Bar
Emerson's Taproom and Restaurant, Dunedin

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Finalists: 
D4 on Featherston, Wellington
Gin and Raspberry, Wanaka

View the 2017 Photo Gallery

The Photo Galleries from the 2017 Future Leaders Day, Rising Star Awards, Annual Conference and Awards for Excellence Dinner are now available.

Thinking about attending next year's event? Take a look at what all the noise was about!

Doesn't our industry look good?

View the Photo Gallery
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