Queenstown scoops multiple awards at 2023 Hospitality Awards For Excellence
The winners of the 2023 Hospitality Awards for Excellence were announced at a black-tie dinner event at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on Wednesday night – the final night of the two-day Hospitality New Zealand Conference.
The awards celebrate the success, achievements and – especially in light of another tough year the industry has just experienced – the resilience of the hospitality and accommodation sector, where the best of the best are recognised.
They are hosted by Hospitality New Zealand in partnership with principal sponsor Lion New Zealand and industry partners.
The People’s Choice Award, voted on by the public, was won by Richmond Club, Christchurch.
This was the 25th time the awards have been held in person.
Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Julie White says Kaiser Brew Bar was a very worthy winner from one of the best lineups of finalists seen in years.
“They are well-deserved winners, and Hospitality New Zealand congratulates Campbell Parker and their team.
“They did a fantastic job during yet another year of the most trying of circumstances.
“I also congratulate every other category winner and finalist, as well as all entrants. To me, they are all winners to be willing and able to put themselves forward during yet another tough year.
“Just being able to enter was an achievement.
Best Hotel (Sponsored by Sleepyhead) - QT Queenstown, Queenstown
Best Bar (Sponsored by Asahi) - Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch
Excellence in a Gaming Club, RSA or Sporting Venue (Sponsored by Next Payment) - Hornby Club, Christchurch
Best Country Hotel (Sponsored by SKY) - Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara
Best Sustainability / Environmental and/or Recycling Practice (Sponsored by Waste Management) - Aura Accommodation, Rotorua
Best Luxury Accommodation (Sponsored by Streamliner Productions) - The Landing, Te Tii
Best Mid-Scale Accommodation (Sponsored by Fastrack Digital) - Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, Whitianga
Best Restaurant (Sponsored by Pernod Ricard) - Botswana Butchery Queenstown, Queenstown
Best Marketed Establishment (Sponsored by GuestTraction) - Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch
Outstanding Achievement in Training and Workforce Development (Sponsored by Typsy) - Wynyard Pavillion, Auckland
Best Local (Sponsored by Lion) - Sprig + Fern Berhampore, Wellington
Best Sports Bar (Sponsored by TAB) - The Locker Room Sports Bar, Queenstown
Best Destination Venue (Sponsored by DB Breweries) - Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island
Best Cafe (Sponsored by Noel Leeming) - TOAD Hall Motueka, Motueka
Best Restaurant in an Accommodation Venue (Sponsored by Dulux) - Esther at QT Auckland, Auckland
Best Motel Over 25 Rooms (Sponsored by Seekom) - Awa Motel, Whakatane
Best Motel Under 25 Rooms (Sponsored by Seekom) - Palazzo Motor Lodge, Nelson
Best Gaming Venue (Sponsored by Eudora Plus) - Woodbourne Tavern and Motels, Renwick
Best Late Night/Entertainment Venue (Sponsored by OneMusic) - Miss Gee's Bar and Eatery, Tauranga
Best Fine Dining (Sponsored by Hospitality New Zealand)- Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay
People's Choice (Sponsored by Westpac) - Richmond Club, Christchurch
Supreme Winner (Sponsored by Crombie Lockwood) - Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch
Overall Highly Commended - The Landing, Craggy Range
New to 2023 was the Michael Friend Hospitality Supplier of the Year award honouring the late Michael Friend, a long-time member of the industry and judge for the Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence.
The winners for the People’s Category, announced on 27 June 2023, were:
Future Leader of the Year (Sponsored by Loaded) - Mason Lattimore, Highly Commended - Sam Stapley
Chef of the Year (Sponsored by Gilmours) - Casey McDonald, Highly Commended - James Laird
Leader of the Year, Accommodation (Sponsored by Bunnings Trade) - Doron Whaite, Highly Commended - Chris McIntosh
Leader of the Year, Hospitality (Sponsored by CCEP) - David Allot, Highly Commended - Bert Haines
Hospitality Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Hospitality New Zealand) - Aaron Kedzlie, Highly Commended - Todd Lynch
The full results of the winners are available on the Hospitality New Zealand website.
Main image: QT Queenstown took out the award for Best Hotel at last night's 2023 Hospitality Awards for Excellence.