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Edgewater won the best hotel award and Kika the best restaurant award.
More than 400 people attended the 20th annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner in central Wellington last Thursday night to honour the achievements of hospitality and accommodation businesses.
Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Vicki Lee said the judges all agreed the 46 finalists and the 19 winners were of a notably high calibre this year.
Wanaka's Edgewater general manager Mike Barton said he was ``delighted'' to win the best hotel award as the independently owned and operated property had faced some ``very stiff competition'' from major hotel corporations in Auckland.
Kika tapas restaurant executive chef James Stapley said winning the best restaurant award was a ``validation'' of their way of doing things.
``We offer quite a complete package because you can come have a few drinks and a few
bites to eat or you can share dinner plates with a group of 20 and stay there all night. There are no bookings and no time limits,'' he said.
Kika's waiting staff were trained to know the dishes so ``you're going to get looked after very well by people who know what they're doing'', he said.
Mr Stapley said the judges ``loved what we do ... I think if you get into hospitality you really want people to enjoy what you do and that's the core of it really.''
- Kerrie Waterworth