A Tauranga gastro bar and restaurant is a finalist in the 2018 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

Good Local at Pyes Pa is one of three finalists in the Best Newcomer – Food and Beverage category.

The winners of each category will be announced at Hospitality New Zealand's annual conference in Queenstown on September 27.

Good Local at Pyes Pa, which is on Pyes Pa Rd, was one of almost 50 finalists named this week, which included boutique accommodation, neighbourhood pubs, fine dining establishments and even a fish and chip shop.


One88 on Commerce in Whakatane is a finalist in the Best Motel category, and Skyline in Rotorua is a finalist in Excellence in Training and Staff Development.

Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Vicki Lee said the awards were a wonderful way to celebrate the high calibre of accommodation, restaurants, pubs and cafes across New Zealand.

"Our finalists come from a variety of locations, including Waiheke Island, Whakatane, Kumara and Omakau, reminding us that New Zealand has an impressive hospitality scene throughout our regions as well as in our cities."