The hole beside State Highway 6 is looking smaller than it
did last week and will continue to shrink over the next few
months. Photo by Christina McDonald.
The eyesore known locally as ''Hendo's hole'', which
greets visitors to Queenstown, is shrinking as the material dug
out to make way for an underground car park is put back in.
The progress is taking place in the yawning hole beside State
Highway 6, at a site agreed for a Countdown supermarket.
Redwood Group Ltd manages the Frankton Flats land owned by
Queenstown Gateway Ltd, which has consent for the $125
million Five Mile retail complex, and the excavation was
inherited from previous owner Dave Henderson's failed
The hole has been part of the scenery since 2006. Work on the
site is not expected to finish until the complex is
completed, planned for early 2015.
Redwood Group's development manager Simon Holloway said ''we
should be powering ahead, right the way through'' when asked
whether work would stop during winter.
Mr Holloway said the filling-in would continue over the next
few months'' and a basement would be built.
The Five Mile development still required an underground car
park, he said, ''but not to the size proposed previously''.
Queenstown Gateway's resource consent application says
85,500cu m of material is required to fill the hole to the
level now desired.
Earlier this week, Mr Holloway said the material which had
been dug out had been stockpiled nearby and it was ''nice to
get it going - it's taken a while'', alluding to the long
wait for progress.
In April, a judicial review instigated by nearby Shotover
Park Ltd against the consent for the Five Mile development
was withdrawn after all parties - including Shotover Park
Ltd, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Queenstown Gateway
Ltd - reached agreement.
Mr Holloway said there were still ''plenty'' of building
consents to come, but with the construction being in stages,
these should have been acquired by the time they are needed.
''The basement works will just flow on into the upper storey
There would be about 50 retail tenancies of varying sizes.
Tenants announced at this stage include Countdown, Briscoes,
Rebel Sport, Number One Shoes and Super Cheap Auto.