Napier’s Tourism House set for boutique hotel conversion

George Sell By George Sell
31 July 2018 | Updated 31 July 2018

New Zealand: Tourism House in Napier, formerly the regional tourism operations headquarters in the 1990s, could become a boutique hotel and hospitality hub.

The three-storey building at 60-84 Dickens Street, which also once housed Napier's central city bus depot, has been put up for sale.

The 2,220 square metre building, sitting on 1,784 square metres of freehold land, is being jointly marketed for sale by deadline treaty through Bayleys Napier and Bayleys Auckland, with offers closing at 4pm on August 2.

Sam MacDonald of Bayleys said: "There has already been feedback from one developer that the property could be totally reformatted - with the creation of a multi-venue hospitality hub at street level, with either residential apartments or a boutique apartment-style hotel on the upper levels. The 'laneway' style design of the ground floor area comprises a walk-through atrium leading off Dickens St onto a European-style al-fresco cobblestone courtyard space with raised gardens which is accessible from Station St. That area is owned by the Napier City Council, which very much has a pro-business approach to seeing economic activity thriving in the CBD.

"These design features could form the 'spine' of a new food and beverage-themed precinct in the heart of the city. Meanwhile, the upper floor plates are in an open-plan format and both have high stud heights - amply suitable for conversion into either apartments or an all-suite hotel, which would automatically piggy-back off the hospitality hub below. The upper level floor space also has several balconies facing onto Dickens St, and these would again point toward the creation of decked outdoor areas for accommodation," he added.

Hawke's Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said new developments in the CBD were welcome: "The development of areas within the CBD to ensure the city remains a vibrant, busy place is critical. There has been some incredible development in recent years by both the council and the private sector, and new developments are very welcome."

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