Hotels, Hospitality and Tourism

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Delivering meaningful solutions

As a major player in New Zealand's economy, tourism is our country's second largest export earner, and our clients can expect a 'one-stop-shop' across the full spectrum of transactional and operational legal issues from us.

Experienced working right across the industry – from hotels through to transport, infrastructure and sporting events, our cross-practice team works alongside clients to help them achieve their strategic goals in areas including:

Our relevant experience includes advising:

  • SKYCITY on the property and environmental aspects of the New Zealand International Convention Centre including the the hotel being developed next to and at the same time as the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • Panuku Development Auckland in securing all necessary resource consents for the Park Hyatt development in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter.
  • one of New Zealand's largest airports in relation to its e-commerce arrangements and associated underlying contractual framework.
  • a client in relation to their investment in a large New Zealand car rental business, including in relation to key assets such as the integrated reservation, booking and aggregation system.
  • Auckland International Airport in connection with its Novotel and Pullman hotel developments.
  • the funders on the acquisition of the Pullman Hotel in Auckland and the development of Sofitel branded hotels in both Auckland and Wellington. This involved the review and indirect negotiation of Hotel Management Agreements and the agreement of non-disturbance arrangements.
  • the funders on the acquisition and operation of Novotels throughout New Zealand.
  • the funders of the development of a Pullman Hotel in Rotorua.
  • the receivers of a major hotel in Denarau, Fiji.

International reach

Our team of lawyers has considerable offshore experience supporting local and overseas clients. We have a wide network of international contacts and we are members of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand, Asia Forum, Australasian Forum for International Arbitration, British New Zealand Business Association, Indonesia-New Zealand Council, International Bar Association, and Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

Investing in New Zealand and Asia-Pac

In New Zealand, to invest in significant business assets and/or sensitive land in New Zealand, overseas investors require Government approval under the Overseas Investment Act from the Overseas Investment Office. The team understands the challenges presented by the Act and has significant experience in successfully obtaining consent for a wide variety of transactions. For more information on our international trade and investment expertise, click here.

For some clients, we act as a 'gateway' to the wider Asia–Pacific region. In particular, we advise clients wanting to acquire assets in the Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands.


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