Park Hyatt Auckland Accepting Reservations

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This is an exciting time for new Park Hyatt openings. Just recently the Park Hyatt Kyoto and Park Hyatt Niseko started accepting reservations, and there has been another new Park Hyatt on the horizon.

Park Hyatt Auckland Opening March 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.

So for months I’ve been checking the Park Hyatt Auckland’s website every so often in hopes of an update. A couple of weeks ago there was finally a glimmer of hope, as the website indicated that the Park Hyatt Auckland will be opening on March 1, 2020.

While that message was on the website, they still weren’t actually accepting reservations, though that has finally changed. You can now book your stay at the Park Hyatt Auckland.

I’d note that it’s still possible that the hotel opens before March 2020. Often hotels will just be conservative with their opening date, and as they become more confident in the date they may move it up further.

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 765square feet.

If you are booking a paid rate I would recommend booking through Hyatt Prive 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

It’s great to see the Park Hyatt Auckland finally accepting reservations. 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.

Anyone else excited about the opening of the Park Hyatt Auckland?

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  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.

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