West coast

Capstone Hotels appointed Management Company for The Theatre Royal Hotel

New Zealand owned Capstone Hotels & Resorts have been appointed as the Management Company for The Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara as of Monday 21 January 2019, says Capstone Managing Director Clare Davies.

West Coast Tourism

Jan. 31, 2019


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New Zealand owned Capstone Hotels & Resorts have been appointed as the Management Company for The Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara as of Monday 21 January 2019, says Capstone Managing Director Clare Davies.

Owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon carried out extensive refurbishment works to the 1876 heritage building and re-opened it in 2012 following demand created by the newly developed West Coast Wilderness cycle trail.

Kerrie and Mark say “we are delighted to be passing on the management of The Theatre Royal to Capstone. Clare and her team have the skills and experience to ensure that the property continues to go from strength to strength and they are committed to taking it to the next level”.

Since 2012, the Fitzgibbon’s have expanded the accommodation offering from the original six hotel rooms with bar and restaurant, to include sympathetically renovated self-contained cottages offering a range of accommodation options from budget to boutique.

Kerrie’s passion for the past is clear with many vintage and antique pieces adorning the rooms including local artefacts and family heirlooms donated to ensure they can continue to be loved and admired.

In 2016 the couple developed and built six, 2 bedroom Miners Cottages taking the full property inventory to 73 beds, suitable for groups, along with adding secure bike sheds to meet the growing number of cycle tourists passing through.

Clare Davies says “we are absolutely thrilled to be joining Kerrie and Mark to help them to continue on the journey of growing the business into the international tourism sector and cementing its place in the heart of locals and New Zealanders. Supporting Kerrie and Mark’s vision for this place is absolutely integral to the success of the property and ensuring that the heritage of the Hotel and the township is more accessible to visitors, putting Kumara firmly on the map.

The Fitzgibbon’s remain the owners of the property and the current staff all remain in place. Capstone Hotels have appointed long term staff member Jacqui Rigarlsford as Hotel Manager responsible for the day to day operations. Capstone Hotels will be representing the property at TRENZ 2019 in Rotorua.

Capstone Hotels & Resorts have properties located throughout New Zealand and the inclusion of The Theatre Royal Hotel brings their expanding portfolio to fourteen along with a number of activity operators.


For all trade enquiries relating to The Theatre Royal Hotel:

Nona Jackson - Director of Sales & Marketing: nona@capstonehotels.co.nz

Clare Davies - Managing Director: clare@capstonehotels.co.nz