$3.4m lifestyle centre opened

Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village residents (from left) Maggie Ackley, Lynda Mason and Graeme Walker check out some of the facilities at the Wanaka village's lifestyle centre, at its official opening yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village residents (from left) Maggie Ackley, Lynda Mason and Graeme Walker check out some of the facilities at the Wanaka village's lifestyle centre, at its official opening yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
The new lifestyle centre at Wanaka's Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village would leave residents little time to put their feet up, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said at the centre's official opening yesterday.

The $3.4 million centre boasts an indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, multipurpose room, library, cinema, bar, lounge, cafe, barbecue courtyard and petanque terrain.

It is the latest stage of development for the village, which gained consent from the Queenstown Lakes District Council in 2008.

Ms van Uden said the centre was ''another layer of the fabric of a community'', and a place where residents could meet and mingle with new and old friends.

The growth rate of the village was ''going to start rivalling Wanaka itself before too long'', she said.

Village developer Peter Gordon said the opening of the centre almost coincided with the village's halfway point, with 50 of the planned 110 villas now completed.

The centre was a much-needed facility as the village population had outgrown its previous lodge, he said.

''It was a matter of having to build something bigger and better.''

The village houses around 65 residents at present, but will eventually have 110 villas, 46 apartments and a 65-bed hospital/care centre.

- lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz