The search for the best in Rotorua hospitality is on!

The annual Rotorua Hospitality Awards nomination process has begun, where outstanding hospitality staff will be nominated by their peers for their outstanding commitment to Rotorua’s vibrant hospitality industry. The awards are presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the awards evening on Sunday, 2 July at the Energy Events Centre.  This year, the Rotorua Hospitality Awards will host award winning Michael Meredith as a guest speaker at the awards evening.

Owner of Meredith’s in Auckland and champion of the Eat My Lunch initiative, Michael has recently begun S.T.E.M nights, a Dine by Donation initiative that helps those who cannot always help themselves and has raised over $160,000 in the past two years. Further recognition for Michael includes winning the Restaurant Association / American Express 2015 Good Neighbour Award and 2015 Lewisham Awards Outstanding Chef award.

2017 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Categories:

Monin Outstanding Bar

Outstanding Barista

Outstanding Bartender

Indian Star Emerging Business

Bidfood Outstanding Café

Service IQ Emerging Chef

Inghams Outstanding Chef

Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Sales Representative

Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Takeout

Events & Venues Excellence in Event Hospitality

Rotorua Lakes Council People’s Choice Award

Tohu Wines Icon of Rotorua Hospitality


Details on the event, voting and tickets to the event can be found at