A proposed 20-unit motel on the outskirts of Wanaka shows
confidence in the town and will meet demand for good-quality
motel accommodation, the project's developer says.
Willowridge Developments Ltd has applied to the Queenstown
Lakes District Council to establish a two-storey motel, with
car parking, office and manager's residence, on land it owns
at the corner of West Meadows Dr and Cardrona Valley Rd, in
the West Meadows subdivision.
The proposed motel would be located within the rural
residential zone of the Queenstown Lakes district plan, which
provides for visitor accommodation.
Company director Allan Dippie said he had identified a ''bit
of a niche'' in Wanaka for quality motel accommodation and
had fielded a strong level of interest from potential
operators wanting to run a motel business at the West Meadows
''I think you've got to be careful about where you pick it to
be, but in terms of good-quality motel accommodation with
spacious, modern units, there appears to be plenty of
operators to own and run that business.
''I think it shows a bit of confidence in the little town.''
Cardrona Valley Rd was the ''perfect site'' for a new
accommodation provider because it was a prominent location
next to the main road between Queenstown and Wanaka.
''You wouldn't find a better site anywhere.''
Willowridge analysed the market carefully before submitting
its resource consent application.
''We've looked at different types of accommodation and looked
at the site and designed it around where we think the market
''But we have been guided by people who have a lot of
experience in running motels and accommodation so we haven't
just relied on our own research.''
The motel would be located across the road from the Basecamp
building, which houses the Lone Star Restaurant, Clip 'n
Climb climbing centre and Ruby's Cinema and Bar.
''I think it's [motel] a very good use for the site ... it's
actually probably quite a nice transition between West
Meadows and the Basecamp facility.''
The accommodation would include family units, which was
something that was important in Wanaka, Mr Dippie said.
The consent application states the proposal is consistent
with the urban growth pattern of the Wanaka structure plan
2007 and within the inner growth boundary identified for
Among its many property developments, Willowridge has
previously developed a boutique hotel in Dunedin and the
Meadowstone Villas in its Meadowstone subdivision in Wanaka.