B Group was born, not from a hotelier’s heritage, or the purse of an accountant, or the efficiencies of an administrator. It was born from a divergent collective of creative minds: designers, architects, inventors, entrepreneurs and ultimately customers. All of whom recognise the powerful potential of truly memorable experiences.
The leader of the band is Andrew McIntosh: Entrepreneur, Investor, Media network owner, Adventurer, Photographer and former tourism operator, but most importantly he has an insatiable desire to be a generous, entertaining and a supportive host.
Our team work to one guiding light – to create memorable experiences that can be shared with both guests and staff alike. Individual experiences, shared experiences, experiences so good you want to share them with the world. So good, the industry sits up and realises just how far behind the eight ball they are. But by the time they’ve caught up, we’ll be another 10 steps ahead.
The culture behind B is driven by not what we do but why we do it. It’s that thinking that we believe produces great experiences. We don’t set out to do something special for what it is, it’s why we do it. Why you want to do it we believe is at the essence of wonderful experiences, businesses and people. So why B, why hotels and why these unique food and beverage experiences. It’s about doing something we can be proud of, it’s about doing something we can build from a fresh slate, to crave and ultimately stand back and watch our new friends engage with our creations. We believe if we look after the “why” the “what” will look after itself.
Enveloped by the crystal clear blue waters and awe-inspiring mountains, Waimarino lodge sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown New Zealand. Encompassing 24 luxury villas and a stunning owners residence which is available to hire Waimarino sets a new benchmark in premium accommodation.
Surrounded by native bush the site connects you to nature whilst a short walk takes you to the edge of the lake. The venue has its own kitchen garden and micro orchard and has sustainability at its core.
Features include yoga studio and spa and the Still Waters micro distillery.
Kitea hotel sits in the very heart of Wanaka, New Zealand. This 35 room venue includes a ground level cafe and roof top bar.
The centre piece of the property is its internal courtyard with pentague pit, pizza oven, barbecue and outdoor gardens. Guest have access to a beautiful guest lounge with open fire and all the luxuries of home.
Guests get to roll their own pizza’s using fresh produce from the garden.
Kitea is Maori for Discovered / Found which we think is a good representation of what we are doing.
Waiora is a stunning home we are developing overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
A large contemporary home under development - Overlooking Lake Wakatipu
This private oasis is located a short 8 minute drive from Queenstown’s CBD.
Comprising of 4 large suite style bedrooms, this stunning home has expansive open plan living, dining and kitchen areas that flow seamlessly onto a huge deck that looks out over Lake Wakatipu, Cecil Peak and the Remarkable mountain ranges.
The home has every imaginable feature from integrated solar power, Tesla Power wall, smart home technology and underfloor heating.
The residence also includes an infrared sauna, infinity pool, large home office, gym, media room, 8 car parking not to mention an incredible wine cellar.
This stunning home is being made affordable through fractional ownership. Only 8 shares are being made available giving owners 44 days annual use and lifetime ownership.
Still Waters distillery is located on the grounds of Waimarino Luxury Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand. We source the water for our artisan spirits from nearby glacier fields.
The distillery is about creation, having hands on fun and making some of the most beautiful spirits possible. We use native New Zealand botanicals to infuse our gins whilst our vodka is 7 X distilled in our hand made small batch copper stills.
We used organic growing and distilling methods. Grapes not suitable for wine from local vineyards are use to form our base spirit. Our spirits have a flavour that you will rarely find in bulk produced commercial spirits. We pride ourselves on a silky-smooth mouth feel alongside our signature botanical undertones.
The B Group didn't set out to be property developers but when we started looking for hotel and hospitality sites we either couldn’t find a suitable building or decided it was better to create a purpose built facility. We now build bespoke developments to house our business operations.
In designing a building we collaborate with some of the best in the business, from architects to artists, interior designers to builders. It’s fair to say we are rather passionate about the spaces we create and get excited when we find talented people that share our passion. Our door is always open so if you like the look of what we are creating feel free to get in touch.
We are not in the business of building homes or commercial buildings. We only take on or get involved in buildings that house our operational businesses. The locations we select must be suited to our businesses and fit our target criteria (see below). We seek to add value to the property though our tenancies.
If you are a land-owner or a developer we do consider joint ventures where we take an interest in the property whilst providing long term innovative tenancies. We are always on the look out for new sites however they must fit the following criteria:
The Puku Cafe can be found on the ground level of our Kitea hotel complex in Wanaka. Puku is a unique industrial home where artisan beer, fresh rustic food and some of the best local fresh ingredients meet up with you and your friends. The venue is like a cellar door / brewery in the urban environment where the artisan beer and great wine showcase the best local produce grown and raised by local farmers.
Our menu draws on the flavours of the Mediterranean using local ingredients to create a dynamic and seasonally driven menu.
Aptly named the roof top sits a-top Kitea hotel in central Wanaka and is the perfect place to end your day on the slopes or your summer adventure. We have what we believe is a pretty special wine list, some local Pinot Noir gems but also some other less common varietals we think you might just love. We take pride in our cocktails and local beers and match these with small shared plates that are a taste of the local delicacies like cheese, venison, blue cod and some stunning Cromwell produce.
This is our small batch - extra small wine shop in Wanaka. We stock small batch mostly family owned wines. We don’t have a huge selection like the supermarkets, instead we focus on quality mostly organic wines that delight the taste buds.
Provenance is farm where most of our cafe and restaurant produce comes from. We make a huge effort to understand our produce and grow and harvest it in a sustainable manner. We run Provenance days where you can visit the farm & orchard. These days are a celebration of the season. A paddock-to-plate cooking experience - The day includes foraging and harvesting in our gardens and orchards under the guidance of our chefs before learning cooking techniques and getting hands on with the day culminating with lunch on the farm including our own vineyard wines.
This boutique distillery is located in the stunning Waimarino Lodge property. The perfect place at sunset, overlooking the lake to sample our hand made distilled spirits. Using glacier fed water we mixed aromatic herbs from our own garden for our take on Gin & Vodka.
Situated at Waimarino Lodge overlooking Bobs Cove this stunning location is a guest only restaurant. With a focus on cooking over fire and using only natural local ingredients our chefs can often be seen foraging in our on site vegetable garden and orchard. Specialising in smoked meats and seafood the ingredients are touched lightly letting their true flavours and freshness speak...
As a growing company we are always on the look out for talented people with great aptitude. We supply a nourishing dynamic work environment along with detailed training and scope for advancing your career. We post jobs on the site from time to time but feel free to register your details below along with a copy of your CV. This will allow you to be the first people notified about new roles within our businesses. Thanks for your interest.
He aha te mea nui o te ao - What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata - It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
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