Hilton today announced the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, adding to DoubleTree by Hilton’s portfolio of 51 properties across Asia Pacific. Under a management agreement with Karaka Hotel Limited, a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, Hilton will manage the 120-room new-build hotel.

Located in the beautiful rural town of Karaka, just 30 minutes south from Auckland city, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is part of the famous New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Centre; the country’s largest international thoroughbred auction venue.

Construction of the hotel will commence by the third quarter of 2018 and is due for completion by early 2020. The hotel will feature 120 stylish guest rooms, including four spacious suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, pool and two meeting rooms. The hotel will also have full access to Karaka Pavilion which encompasses four meeting and event spaces, accommodating events from 12 to 600 people.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Karaka Hotel Limited to bring our world-renowned DoubleTree by Hilton signature welcome to Karaka,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “The addition of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is a great expansion of the DoubleTree brand in New Zealand and will join three other DoubleTree by Hilton-branded properties across the country including the brand new DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington which will open its doors late June.”

Andrew Seabrook, managing director, New Zealand Bloodstock, said, “We are pleased to be working with Hilton to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to our world-class complex in Karaka. Our international clients, globe-trotting tourists, and local travellers alike will be able to take full advantage of our existing facilities including a variety of conference and event spaces, and world-renown thoroughbred auctions, whilst also having the convenience of retreating back to DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka to rest and relax”.