Pullman Hotel Rotorua

RDT Pacific provided Project Management and Engineer to the Contract services to the Arawa Project for the conversion of an existing, distinctive mirror glass, nine-storey commercial office building, constructed in 1987, into the 130 room 5-Star Pullman Hotel. The hotel is Rotorua’s first 5-Star hotel and features an executive lounge, five conference rooms, a 100-seat restaurant and gym.

In the heart of Rotorua, the Pullman Hotel commands exceptional 360-degree views of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding caldera and overlooks the historic Bath House and Tourism Centre.

RDT Pacific applied a rigorous and effective communications plan to the project, ensuring communication was consistently maintained and sufficient between the client, designers and contractors.

The project scope involved:

  • Complete removal of the internal office fit out and services
  • New hotel fit out to Pullman standards
  • Modernisation of the existing lifts
  • 100-seat restaurant
  • Constrained inner city site located in central Rotorua with access limitations to the site and constraints on delivery of materials up the existing building
  • Existing curtain wall façade maintained and refurbished acoustic and fire separation of hotel rooms within a building designed as an office building
  • High proportion of client-supplied items, materials and separate contractors
  • Extensive work with an interior designer based overseas.


  • 2020 Property Council of New Zealand Property Industry Awards, Tourism and Leisure Property Award - Merit

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