DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, Hilton’s fourth DoubleTree by Hilton in New Zealand, opened its doors on Saturday 26 March 2022.
The hotel, owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and designed by Pacific Architecture, boasts 122 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and state-of-the-art facilities set amongst the rural charm of Karaka, only 20 kilometers south of Auckland’s central business district.
“To say we’re excited to welcome guests from near and far to DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is an understatement. Our warm welcome and signature hospitality is a perfect fit for the natural pastoral charm of Karaka and the ‘country home’ feeling of our new DoubleTree by Hilton property,” said Fabien Dewelle, hotel manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka. “We want our guests to feel at home when they stay with us.”
DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka has the unique ability to boast being the only international-branded, full-service property in the region; with a signature restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor heated swimming pool and world-class gym facilities, the property is ideal for guests looking for a picturesque getaway a short distance from both Auckland CBD and Auckland Airport.
Karaka is the perfect destination for an afternoon drive or a leisurely retreat. It is a popular spot to explore local wineries and art and craft markets or to simply enjoy the beautiful countryside landscape.
The hotel has 122 stylish guest rooms and suites, each offering comfortable Suite Dreams® by Serta mattresses, 55” HD TVs and therapeutic rain showers to soothe the senses. Guests can enjoy 24-hour gym facilities and lounge by the heated outdoor pool.
Meetings and Events
DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka seeks to exceed the expectations of its guests in comfort, commitment, connectivity and cohesion. With an architecturally designed function area, the Vela Room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows offering natural light combined with state-of-the-art technology. For conferences, seminars and banquets, guests can choose from two fully equipped meeting rooms with a convertible theatre-style space that caters to up to 180 guests. Sharing the grounds with the New Zealand Bloodstock sales pavilion allows flexibility for private and outdoor events, which are held in conjunction with their facilities, which can accommodate up to 600 guests.
Food and Beverage Options
Karaka boasts strong pastoral roots and is steeped in history with a proud reputation of high-quality local produce. Ethereal | Artisan Kitchen, the hotel’s signature restaurant fronted by Chef Mark Southon, has partnered with local suppliers and aims to complement the quality of the local produce with a paddock to plate menu ethos, highlighting seasonal premium ingredients. The restaurant features an outdoor terrace and an open-plan kitchen with a marble chef’s table to help showcase the skills and pageantry of the kitchen brigade.
Horseshoe Bar is located at the heart of the hotel and offers snacks, carefully curated cocktails and delightful platters. Guests can enjoy sitting inside to watch passersby or make themselves comfortable at one of the outdoor fire pits.
“DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on offering guests a double dose of comfort with an uplifting space where guests can unwind, as well as a broad range of amenities and warm, friendly service,” said Paul Hutton, area vice president and head of Australasia, Hilton.
“The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka signifies the trust that our partners have in Hilton and we’re committed to bringing the right brand, to the right locations, at the right time to cater to the evolving needs of our guests.”