No matter what your interest in horses is, there’s a high chance it will involve travelling to the Waikato given its reputation as an equestrian and horse breeding centre of excellence.

Whether it be to Equidays in October or the two year old thoroughbred Ready to Run sale at Karaka in November, make sure you stay in style and comfort and take advantage of the special offers available.

Jet Park Hotel Hamilton (formerly the Hamilton Airport Hotel) is not simply undergoing a name change, it is on a transformational journey. It is currently getting a multi-million dollar top-to-toe makeover which will deliver a destination restaurant plus 4-star conference and accommodation facilities for the region.

The existing hotel will remain open during the refurbishment programme but there will be no noise or disruption to guests who will be isolated from the renovations.

“The location and facility has absolutely enormous potential and we will be refurbishing it from top to bottom. Nothing will be the same. We’ll be starting with bed linen and ending with a brand new commercial kitchen and destination restaurant plus outstanding conferencing facilities,” said Jet Park owner Liz Herrmann.

“We want to create something really vibrant and take advantage of the beautiful gardens and the wonderful green space which is something you just don’t get everywhere. In that respect, we think there is also potential for weddings and other functions so there is a lot of opportunity on the site.”

Chief executive of Waikato Regional Airport Limited (WRAL) Mark Morgan noted that Jet Park has a proven track record in outstanding hotel management with its hotels in both Rotorua and Auckland.

“This will not be a budget-style facility. We want a high standard of accommodation with a range of other quality offerings including a restaurant, bar and extensive conferencing facilities at the hotel and terminal. Our growing regional visitor market, along with the increase in flights coming in and out of Hamilton shows the demand is there and growing. Let’s get on and deliver it.”

As well as a Qualmark 4-star hotel rating, Jet Park aims to secure silver status for environmental responsibility and sustainable management.

The Hamilton and Waikato region is now the fifth largest market for visitor expenditure in New Zealand, pouring $1.557 billion per year into the regional economy. Last year motels and holiday parks in the region sold nearly 1.5 million guest nights.

And to top it all off, Jet Park Hotel Hamilton has some great specials and offers on at the moment