Various activities proposed

Corporate groups are the target clientele of a proposed commercial venture catering for recreational thrillseekers on private land near Wanaka, the same property at which a series of annual jet-sprint events have also been proposed.

Adventure company Oxbow Limited wants consent to run activities including clay-bird shooting, jet-sprinting and 4WD off-roading for corporate clients on rural general land owned by Lloyd and Julie Ferguson at 995 Wanaka-Luggate Highway.

The directors of Oxbow Ltd are the Fergusons' daughter Hayley and her partner David Richmond. The company's consent applications, prepared by Queenstown-based John Edmonds and Associates, were both recently lodged with Lakes Environmental.

Trips for the recreational activities would be pre-organised rather than walk-in customers, and would cater for a maximum of 30 participants per day on two days of each week - to enable large groups or bus loads to visit - and a maximum of 10 people on the remaining five days of the week.

The hours of operation would be between 8:30am and 8pm.

Retrospective consent is also being sought for a shed and the earthworks to construct the shed and the property's existing jet-sprint course.

In a separate resource consent application, Oxbow Ltd wants to hold three jet-sprint events per year for the next 10 years at the property. There would be two large events providing for a maximum attendance of 2500 people and one smaller event with 200 people.

The applications said the proposed activities would occur on the top of a sparse terrace topographically separated from many neighbours, while neighbours at the same elevation had provided written approval.

- lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz