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
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
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
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.