A sketch of a geodesic dome proposed for Cecil Peak. Image supplied.
Geodesic domes atop Cecil Peak accessed by helicopter are the
latest proposed luxury accommodation for Queenstown.
A resource consent application from Dome Queenstown Ltd was
lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council and is on
hold at the applicant's request.
The application said the five domes would be in a shallow
gully on the Eastern Spur, near the top of Cecil Peak.
The application says the gully, in Cecil Peak Station, would
help protect the domes from ''the full force of the
weather'', is close to Queenstown so flying times would be
short, is ''considered to be safe from avalanches in expected
winter snow loadings'' and would reduce the domes' visibility
from nearby areas.
Helicopter flights would be restricted to Civil
Aviation-permitted daytime flight hours - the beginning of
morning civil twilight until the end of evening civil
twilight - and it is proposed there would be a maximum of 12
trips a day.
Three of the domes are proposed to be for paying guests, two
set up for two adults, while the third would be for four
''These domes will each have a building footprint of 28.3sq m
and will each measure 6m in diameter, including decking.
The maximum height is 3.7m. These guest domes have been
located to be well separated from one another and are within
natural hollows or beside natural mounds to reduce their
visibility from outside the site.''
A larger dome would contain a kitchen and dining area and
would sit in the largest natural hollow. The smallest dome
would be for guide accommodation.
A triangular utility building for a bathroom, utility room
and storage area is proposed for guests and staff.
The finer details of the domes, which are proposed to be dark
grey, include having small circular windows, big bay windows,
a fire port, solar fan and roll-up ventilation flaps.
The domes would sit on wooden decking on posts concreted into
A maximum of 30 people would be on the site, including staff
and helicopter crew. The maximum number of overnight guests
would be 11, including up to three staff.