Accommodation options for visitors to the Shore will receive a real boost in June with the opening of Quest Takapuna in Shakespeare Road. Quest Apartment Hotels operates the country’s largest accommodation network.
Construction of Quest Takapuna was being completed as I went along to chat about the new facility with experienced operator Jun Pyo, who has over 20 years' experience in accommodation management. Jun is excited to be the franchisee of Quest Takapuna and is looking forward to introducing customers to the brand new purpose built facility that is centrally located close to the motorway and the northern busway. The location means that as well as being close to Takapuna, Smales Farm, North Shore Hospital and local conference and event centres, it is also easily accessible from the city and northern parts of the Shore.
Jun Pyo is no newbie to the Quest brand. His journey started in 2003 fresh out of his hotel management course, as the Assistant Manager at Quest Parnell. After a short tenure, Jun had his first taste as a franchisee in 2009 with a 50% franchise in Quest Carlaw Park. During his time there another franchise opportunity with Quest Albany came up in 2011. After five years Jun made a call in 2016 to consolidate his business interests while still supporting the running of Quest Albany until the next Quest opportunity came up.
“When I was working at Quest Parnell, my long-term goal was to become a sole franchisee with Quest. And now here I am!” says Jun. “This is a wonderful location and guests will appreciate the variety of options we will have with the 51 apartment options. These will include studio, one bedroom as well as two bedroom apartments.”
“What I particularly enjoy about Quest is that our businesses are a good size to manage. With 50 apartments we are able to get to know our customers and they appreciate that they are not just a number; that they are real people and valued clients. This is important when many of our visitors will be regulars – whether they are corporate customers or frequent visitors to what is one of New Zealand’s most desirable destinations.”
When completed, Jun Pyo says the Quest Takapuna development – which has been around three years in the planning – will also include a café and two complementary retail outlets on the ground floor. Quest Takapuna will have a team of around 10 staff.
Quest Takapuna is one of seven new openings over the next 15 months for Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand, which also has its New Zealand headquarters in (Como Street) Takapuna. Despite Covid-19 obstacles, business has continued to stay strong as the Quest hotels remain a popular choice among professionals travelling domestically for work.
“With the impact of Covid on the accommodation sector of New Zealand, the Quest network has performed particularly well, with a year-ending network-wide occupancy percentage average of 65% – and with no facilities within the MIQ programme,” says Stephen Mansfield, the North Shore based Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand CEO. “This result has only served to reinforce Quest’s priority strategy, which is putting facilities in locations with appropriate amenity and pricing targeted to meet the needs and expectations of the domestic New Zealand market place, including the government and business traveller, and also meeting their needs when travelling for personal reasons.”
Quest is the largest and fastest-growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia, with over 170 properties located across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Fiji. Quest was established in New Zealand in 1998. The company prides itself on a local focus and local ownership in each of its regions. Quest delivers value for money, serviced apartment accommodation and services to meet the needs of the New Zealand corporate and business traveller.
As well as Takapuna, new Quest Apartment Hotels will open over the next 15 months in Mt Eden, Queenstown, Cambridge Terrace in Christchurch, Lambton Quay in Wellington, Mt Maunganui, and Hastings.
If you are interested in finding out about accommodation options coming up at Quest Takapuna from next month (opening June) then contact Jun Pyo and his team today.
Quest Takapuna Apartment Hotel – 215 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna. Phone 09-280 6900. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org