Concept drawings of the possible Ngai Tahu hot pools development, looking towards the Remarkables. Image supplied.
A $25 million hot pools complex is one of two major private
commercial developments being considered for alongside a
proposed Queenstown convention centre.
Ngai Tahu Tourism (NTT) yesterday unveiled the hot pools
proposal, part of a master plan for the convention centre
The project will be discussed at the Queenstown Lakes
District Council's Thursday meeting.
NTT, a subsidiary of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation, wants to
lease about 0.75ha of council-owned land for the hot pools
complex at Lakeview, the preferred convention centre site on
a terrace above the central business district and overlooking
The complex would include about 12 large public hot pools,
four smaller private pools, changing facilities, a health
spa, a reception and retail building, and a cafe/restaurant
area. At peak capacity, it could cater for an estimated
300,000 to 350,000 customers a year.
NTT had expressed interest in developing the Lakeview site
several years ago, QLDC chief executive Adam Feeley said.
''Their interest in the site is reasonably long-standing, but
the specifics about what the proposal might be is relatively
new,'' Mr Feeley said.
''We've got to the point where we understand roughly the
amount of land they're looking for, the location where they
would like to be and, at a very broad level, the kind of
commercial terms which might exist between us and them.
''They think it's a good opportunity; we think it would work
well with the other developments being contemplated and we're
now going to take the step to see if we can actually reach an
The council is also considering another recreational business
opportunity for Lakeview with an as yet undisclosed company.
The second company wanted to remain anonymous for commercial
reasons, but it was potentially viable for both projects to
be developed next to the convention centre, Mr Feeley said.
NTT southern regional general manager David Kennedy said NTT
had carried out extensive customer research over several
years into site options for a hot pools development in
Queenstown, which identified Lakeview as the preferred
''After a day out in the `Adventure Capital of the World',
soaking in a hot pool and taking in the amazing lake and
alpine views will be an unforgettable experience for domestic
and international visitors,'' Mr Kennedy said.
''Ngai Tahu Tourism has proven expertise to realise a
high-quality development such as the proposed Queenstown hot
pools, as seen with our multimillion-dollar Glacier Hot Pools
at Franz Josef, which opened in 2008 and is a very similar
operation, albeit on a smaller scale.''
The council has not formally resolved to develop a convention
centre but is investigating the issues that will be taken
into account in its decision next year.
These include the best mix of uses, the site's zoning, the
need for additional infrastructure, and the ownership of the
land and facilities.
The master plan put forward for council consideration this
week has three main elements: a convention centre and two
commercial recreational operations along the frontage of
Thomson St; a mix of commercial and residential areas at the
back of the old Lakeview campground; and a market square.
Councillors will decide whether to authorise Mr Feeley to
progress negotiations with NTT and other potential commercial
developers, including Sky City, and report in February.
A comprehensive report on financing and rating impacts for
the project will be delivered next March.
Hot pools proposal
What: $25 million hot pools complex catering for up to
350,000 people a year.
Developer: Ngai Tahu Tourism.
Where: Council-owned Lakeview land overlooking
Ngai Tahu Tourism's other Queenstown-based operations:
Shotover Jet, Dart River Jet and Hollyford Track Guided