27 May 2011

New airport hotel opened

7:07 am on 27 May 2011

Tainui's new hotel at Auckland airport has been completed on time and under budget.

The 260-room hotel by the entrance to the international terminal was to be opened at dawn on Friday by King Tuheitia and the Prime Minister. It will be open for guests later in the morning.

The of Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Mike Pohio says the tribe is thrilled with the building, and the fact it came in comfortably under its $65 million budget.

He's confident the hotel will be fully booked around the big games in the Rugby World Game.

Waatea News reports Tainui owns 70% of the hotel, with the rest held by Auckland International Airport Ltd and hotel operator Accor.