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Seven Wellington finalists in nine categories at hospitality awards

The QT Museum Hotel and Jack Hackett’s are each in the running for two National Hospitality Award categories, with nods also going to Fidel’s, Lulu, The Southern Cross Garden Bar, Whistling Sisters – The Fermentery, and Portlander by Rydges.

The distinctive lions of the QT Museum Hotel

The nine nominations for Wellington hospitality providers at the 2018 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence see them going up against their peers from around the country in a celebration of the high calibre of accommodation, restaurants, pubs and cafes enjoyed across New Zealand.

The QT Museum Hotel is a finalist for Best Hotel, and Best Redeveloped Accommodation, and Jack Hackett’s for Best Bar, and Excellence in Host Responsibility.

Fidel’s is up for Best Café, Lulu for Best Restaurant, The Southern Cross Garden Bar for Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery, Whistling Sisters for Best Newcomer – Food and Beverage, and Portlander by Rydges for Best Redeveloped Food and Beverage.

Chief Executive of Hospitality New Zealand Vicki Lee noted the importance of the hospitality sector “to the visitor experience right across the country… closely aligning with Tourism New Zealand’s strategy of growing visitors to the regions”.

She said the Awards for Excellence are important because they acknowledge the unseen work that the average person doesn’t always appreciate.

“Hospitality businesses don’t just provide community spaces where people socialise and enjoy each other, they often give back to the community by supporting local initiatives outside their businesses too. It’s really important to pause and celebrate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in hospitality.”

Hospitality New Zealand is the largest trade organisation representing the hospitality and commercial accommodation sector in New Zealand. They have a diverse range of over 3000 members.

The winners in each category of the Awards will be announced at Hospitality New Zealand’s Annual Conference in Queenstown on 27 September.

The full list of finalists in this year’s Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence are:

Best Bar
• Jack Hackett’s, Wellington
• Pub on Wharf, Queenstown
• Good Union, Cambridge
Best Café
• Federal Diner, Wanaka
• Fidel’s Café, Wellington
• Miro, Christchurch
Best Country Hotel
• Cardrona Hotel, Wanaka
• Omakau Commercial Hotel, Omakau
• Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara
Best Destination Venue
• Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island
• The Riverhead, Riverhead
• TOAD Hall, Motueka
Best Environmental/Sustainable Business
• Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel, Picton
• The Mussel Inn, Takaka
• Vines Village Café, Blenheim
Best Hotel
• Edgewater, Wanaka
• Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel, Picton
• QT Museum Hotel, Wellington
Best Motel
• Akaroa Waterfront Motel, Akaroa
• One88 on Commerce, Whakatane
• The St James, Hanmer Springs
Best Neighbourhood Bar & Eatery
• Evil Genius, Christchurch
• Southern Cross Garden Bar, Wellington
• The Riverhead, Riverhead
Best Newcomer – Food and Beverage
• Erik’s Fish and Chips, Wanaka
• Good Local Pyes Pa, Tauranga
• Whistling Sisters – The Fermentery, Wellington
Best Redeveloped Accommodation
• Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland
• Naumi Hotel, Auckland
• QT Museum Hotel, Wellington
Best Redeveloped F&B
• Cook Street Social, Hamilton
• Muskets and Moonshine, Queenstown
• Portlander by Rydges, Wellington
Best Restaurant
• Lulu, Wellington
• Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island
• White+Wong’s, Auckland
Excellence in Gaming
• Dinsdale Tavern, Hamilton
• Richard Pearse Tavern, Timaru
• Square Leg, Hamilton
Excellence in Host Responsibility
• Christchurch Casino, Christchurch
• Functionmaster, Wellington
• Jack Hackett’s, Wellington
Excellence in Marketing
• Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa, Martinborough
• Christchurch Casino, Christchurch
• Erik’s Fish and Chips, Queenstown
Excellence in Training & Staff Development
• Emersons Taproom, Dunedin
• Good Group, Auckland
• Skyline, Rotorua