Horse racing: Opening of a hotel in Karaka in a few weeks

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New Zealand Bloodstock is weeks away from opening a hotel in the northern corner of the sales hub.

Karaka’s sales grounds may be a mystery to most people outside of the racing industry, but that’s about to change.

New Zealand Bloodstock is weeks away from opening a hotel in the northern corner of the sales hub, with the business to be managed by DoubleTree by Hilton.

The 122-room hotel cost $40 million to build and will provide luxury accommodation close to the airport, southern highways and for those whose business in Auckland may be in this area or prefer not to stay in the city.

“It’s been a huge undertaking and we’re extremely excited to be opening it on March 28,” said NZB chief executive Andrew Seabrook.

“It’s a unique hotel experience to be on a world class sales ground and of course the two will have very little crossover as we only sell horses for about two weeks a year.”

But these two weeks will see the hotel packed as it will be the perfect place for foreign or domestic buyers visiting to base themselves for sales.

The hotel will create 60 new full-time jobs and former O’Connell Street Bistro chef Mark Southon will run his restaurant.

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