Park Hyatt Auckland Opening Delayed

Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
In the interest of full disclosure, OMAAT earns a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through some of the below links. These are the best publicly available offers (terms apply) that we have found for each card. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Please check out my advertiser policy for further details about our partners, and thanks for your support!

This is an exciting time for new Park Hyatt openings. Just recently the Park Hyatt Kyoto opened, and the Park Hyatt Niseko is supposed to open in early 2020.

Another Park Hyatt that was supposed to open in just a couple of months appears to be delayed, though, unfortunately.

Park Hyatt Auckland Opening Delayed To May 2020

The Park Hyatt Auckland has been on my radar for quite a while. New Zealand is a gorgeous country, and Auckland is a city that historically hasn’t had many great luxury hotels. In 2014 I wrote about how the Park Hyatt Auckland was supposed to open in 2017, though the hotel still isn’t open. While construction delays are normal, this is a huge delay.

In September 2019, the Park Hyatt Auckland started accepting reservations for stays as of March 1, 2020. Well, unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to meet that schedule. The Park Hyatt Auckland’s opening date has now been delayed until May 1, 2020, and all guests with stays in the first two months are being contacted.

Hopefully they can actually stick to the new revised timeline, and we don’t see yet another delay.

Below are just a few reminders regarding what we should expect at the Park Hyatt Auckland otherwise.

Redeeming Points At The Park Hyatt Auckland

The Park Hyatt Auckland will be a Category 5 World of Hyatt property. This means that a free night will cost 20,000 points per night (Hyatt’s most expensive Category 7 properties cost 30,000 points per night, by comparison).

If you’re looking to earn World of Hyatt points you can redeem towards a stay here, the good news is that points are pretty easy to come by.

In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with The World of Hyatt Credit Card (review), you can also transfer over points from Ultimate Rewards.

Earn Hyatt points

See this post for everything you need to know about earning Hyatt points with credit cards.

Cash Rates At The Park Hyatt Auckland

Paid rates are definitely on the high side, though from a US perspective not that high when you consider how weak the NZD is compared to the USD. For example, I see rates starting at 595NZD per night, which is ~383USD per night.

For those looking to use a Globalist Suite Upgrade, it looks like the standard suite here would be a Park Suite, which is advertised as being 71 square meters, or about 765 square feet.

If you are booking a paid rate I would recommend booking through Hyatt Privé so you can receive benefits like free breakfast, a room upgrade, a $100 property credit, and more.

Park Hyatt Auckland Facts & Pictures

The Park Hyatt Auckland will be located right on the waterfront. It will have 195 guest rooms, four restaurants and bars, a spa, a 25-meter infinity pool, and a fitness center.

The hotel has now also uploaded some more pictures of what we can expect, so here are some of them:

Park Hyatt Auckland Summary

Unfortunately, the Park Hyatt Auckland’s opening is now delayed by a further two months, as the hotel is accepting reservations for stays as of May 1, 2020. Hopefully, the opening doesn’t slip even further.

This looks to be a very nice property, and at Category 5 it’s also a pretty good value using points, in my opinion.

I look forward to checking out the Park Hyatt Auckland, and more importantly to explore more parts of New Zealand.

Was anyone impacted by the delayed opening of the Park Hyatt Auckland?

(Tip of the hat to Gordon)

Regarding Comments: The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.
Comments
  1. I’m confused. I’ve never heard anyone say that one must go to NZ to see Auckland. Yes people seem so excited about this. To me this seems like a glorified airport hotel (in that you might stay there a night or two after flying in from AKL or before flying out). Am I missing something?

  2. @Stvr
    Yes, I think you are missing something. Auckland is NZ’s largest city, and it has expanded quite a bit over the last 5 to 10 years. People do travel to NZ other than just see the natural tourist sites. People travel for business, or may indeed choose to spend a few nights in Auckland. It is a very pretty, all-be-it small harbour city. It has a great art gallery, an interesting food scene, and a large (for the cities size) China/Asia town. The Park Hyatt is situated in a new extension to the Harbour precinct, and a little away from the business district, so is likely to be more of a tourist hotel I would have thought. It is likely to successfully serve the high-end cruise industry, as well. The aspect, and the design and finishes as illustrated in practice and in the renders make it better than any airport hotel I have ever stayed in.

    I walked past its construction site earlier this year, and all the external build seemed completed. I presumed they just had the internal fit-out to finish.

  3. Greatly appreciate the post
    I am a huge Hyatt fan
    Having said that is it just me but as a premium luxury property it looks like a bad trendy W Hotel wanna be not at all a 5 star luxury hotel 🙁 This is what has taken forever to build and create?
    IMHO the old Westin looked better than this when it opened and the Hilton in its day.
    It’s so casual they have bar stools with no backs? A hotel for trendy millennials?
    This just isn’t the Park Hyatt I would have expected and I’m fine with staying at the Hilton or Sofitel (former Westin ) and just touring it especially as the location of competing properties seem better to proximity for shopping dining and sight seeing
    I hope I’m wrong but my excitement has turned to a thud and I’m more looking forward to the Queenstown Hilton and Azur the stunning property with views and glass walkout decks
    It’s early morning maybe I’m missing something early on that will make me appreciate the PH Auckland

  4. Do come and enjoy Auckland.

    You will find it has many different authentic cuisines from all over the world, lots of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, plenty of sleeping volcanic mountains/cones where you could hike to the top and take in the view, lots of fresh seafood and nice steaks (and lambs of cos).

    I have lived there for a decade, more than a decade ago. And things have developed so rapidly ever since.

    @Stvr you seems to forget that the only real international airport in New Zealand is Auckland. And Auckland is also the biggest city of New Zealand. So it is inevitable that visitors would spend a night or two at least when they visit New Zealand via Auckland.

    @2PAXFLY unfortunately through this planned opening date is right after the cruise season is almost finishing/has finished, thanks to the various delays in putting this hotel together.

  5. Took another peek totally looks like a new build Curio or Marriott Autograph property
    Not 5 star at all I’m totally disappointed compared to all Park Hyatt’s I’ve ever been in Sydney New York Paris Melbourne Chicago Washington DC Tokyo etc
    Awful
    Quite frankly I’m shocked please Hyatt don’t mess up Park Hyatt Los Angeles this ones an expensive turkey hope I’m wrong
    I’m sure someone will love it just not me 🙁
    Having said that I’m in Auckland opening week and will tour it for giggles
    But I’ll wait for Lucky to review it!

  6. It’s been ten years since my partner and I were last in New Zealand. We have a 2-½ week return trip scheduled in late February and were hoping to try the new Park Hyatt. Looks like we’ll miss it (and settle for the Hilton Auckland). After revisiting some of our favorite places (Gisborne, Napier, Marlborough wine country, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Central Otago wine country, and Te Anau, our trip will end at the Queenstown Hilton.

  7. having walked around this construction site all about the harbor area I can tell you that the design fits the space and neighborhood very well. Its the best location for nightlife for sure and restaurants. Can’t wait.

  8. New Zealand has transformed as a tourist destination in the last 30 years or so. In the early 1980s, the 1960s build Intercontinental and early 1980s Sheraton were among Auckland’s better hotels but a spate of building since – including new downtown properties and a Hilton on a former wharf – has greatly expanded choice.
    The 2000 hosting of the Americas Cup led to a full redevelopment of a rundown waterfront precinct with bars, restaurants and condos, etc and a flood of new condo developments brought people back into the city to live, drawing even more restaurants and bars, and a resurgence of city supermarkets and specialty food outlets.
    And what is a hot and humid country with long summers, finally realised tourists like their coaches and rental cars to have air conditioning…
    Auckland is well worth a few days’ stopover. There are loads of tourist attractions (skydive off of Sky Tower anyone?), an enormous choice of Asian restaurants and food shops thanks to a wave of immigration in the 1990s, and there are easily accessible beaches on both the Pacific (white sand, calm waters) and Tasman Sea coasts (black sand, surf). Boating and fishing are popular with locals and you can take a boat out to do a wine tour on Waiheke Island and there are also wine tours to the western vineyards.
    Climate-wise, think a cross between San Diego and Los Angeles. A cold winter day can still see temps as high as 17/63.
    And then there’s the rest of the country to see. One UK travel writer some years ago described NZ as “a country where the locals specialise in more ways of attempting to kill themselves in the name of recreation than anywhere else I have been”. In other words, skiing, jet boating, abseiling, zorbing, sky diving, bungy jumping, and so on. Go see.
    Access from the US faded away in the 1990s as United pulled out leaving, at one point, the Pacific hop to an Air NZ monopoly. Fortunately, on a seasonable basis, AA and UA have returned.
    Auckland and the rest of Kiwiland are well worth a look. Plan a trip, Ben.

  9. I really enjoyed my time in Auckland, it’s a great city. Looking forward to staying at the PH on my next visit!

  10. I’ll add my confusion to the mix… I’m good with ‘I’d love to see Auckland for a few days and there’s a new hotel I thought I’d try out’… but traveling 1/2 way around the world for a hotel opening?

  11. Not sure I understand that complaints in the comments, it looks very much in line with other PHs aesthetically. Then again, these are all just renderings so it’ll be interesting to see the reviews. I’ve only been to the South Island in New Zealand, but I loved the country and hope to make it back to check out the North Island. While I agree that the real draw to New Zealand is the nature, I can see staying 1 or 2 nights in Auckland at the front or back end after a long international journey, so this is a good option to have.

  12. Park Hyatt Toronto is going to finish its 2-year renovation in the next 6 months, supposedly. I have been checking the website sporadically since it’s still a Category 4 (I wonder for how long). So far it’s not bookable.

  13. Sometimes it’s necessary to do an overnight in Auckland because of flight schedules. Previously, the pickings have been very slim, with Sofitel being the leader, and a very poor one, at that. Park Hyatt will be a welcome addition. Unfortunately, for those who have never stayed at other Auckland hotels, they will never know how lucky they are.

  14. I drove past the hotel today. The exterior looks relatively complete but to fit out the interior and hire/train staff to the expected standards by 1 March 2020 could be a tough ask.

  15. Don’t fall for the Auckland has a lot to offer sales pitch. You don’t go all the way to NZ to see Auckland. You either have business otherwise, so many other better cities to go, especially given how remote NZ is.

    Go to NZ for their natural beauty, or go for the thrills like active volcano encounter!!

  16. I’m totally not surprised. I’ve been waiting for this for years, and suspect the property will be dilapidated by the time it finally opens.

    @ Eskimo: too soon. Seriously.

  17. Having been to Auckland just couple months ago and stayed at Sofitel, which is a stone throw away from this new Hyatt, this hotel can’t open soon enough as this is where I’ll stay next time I come to Auckland! There is definitely enough things to see and do in Auckland for a few days but yes, nature is where all the fun is at in NZ!

  18. I have a points reservation for Mar 9-11 at the Park Hyatt Auckland (Post cruise stay). Was contacted by their room manager yesterday via email. The interesting thing is the email seems to suggest that they MIGHT miss their planned opening.

    “Unfortunately over the past few months, the construction team have experienced delays which has raised concerns for us that we might be unable to meet our opening date of 1 March 2020.” He then goes on to say that “ ….at this point, we are not confident that our anticipated date will be met.”.

    Would have much preferred them to be clear and honest saying that the opening is delayed to May. The point of the email was to allow for “sufficient time to make alternate arrangements” given March is high season in Auckland.

    Lucky I’m a cynic at heart and have a “backup” points reservation for the same dates at the Hilton. As of now my reservation still shows on my account. I’ll let it ride and see what happens!

  19. @FlyLots:
    I have the same dilemna, and recently received my email. It’s neither cancelling, nor confirming my reservation also:

    I wanted to personally provide you with an update on the progress of the construction of the hotel and our anticipated opening date.
    Unfortunately over the past few months, the construction team have experienced delays which has raised concerns for us that we might be unable to meet our opening date of 1 March 2020.

    I can assure you that all our efforts are focused on opening a property that represents the Park Hyatt brand and meet the expectations of our most valued Park Hyatt guests. However at this point, we are not confident that our anticipated date will be met.

    We hope you understand the importance in opening a hotel that we are proud to call a Park Hyatt, and one that our guests will truly feel like a home away from home.

    As March is a high season for Auckland, we would like to provide you with as much time as possible to arrange alternative accommodation. Should you require assistance with this, or if you have any concierge requests, please let us know so we can ensure your time in Auckland is memorable.

    I understand that this update may be disappointing and I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

    I appreciate your understanding on this matter and look forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *