An artist's impression of the proposed three-storey building next to Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown. Image supplied.
A prime Queenstown waterfront site, occupied by stables many
years ago, could be used for a $6 million, three-storey
Skyline Enterprises Ltd yesterday unveiled its plans for the
building, on the corner of Marine Parade and Church St,
overlooking Lake Wakatipu, beside Eichardt's Private Hotel.
Resource consent was lodged on Friday and it is hoped the
Michael Wyatt-designed building, if approved, could be
completed next year.
Skyline has owned the 781sq m site for about 10 years.
The ground floor retail space of about 700sq m has been set
aside for a cluster of high-end retail stores, such as Gucci
Skyline chief executive Jeff Staniland said there had already
been interest in the building.
"We've had discussions with three or four people ... as it
becomes more certain, maybe we can sign people up.''
The first floor would comprise either premium office space,
more retail or visitor accommodation, while a luxury 200sq m
two-bedroom visitor apartment with extensive balconies would
occupy the top floor.
The site was thought to have been used originally by
Queenstown founder William Rees and in later years was used
for stables and as the servicing area for Eichardt's Hotel.
The stables were demolished sometime between 1930 and 1947
and the land has been vacant since.
The Historic Places Trust had been consulted and was
comfortable with the plans, which would be subject to
conditions, including archaeological assessment, Mr Staniland
The company had already worked with the Queenstown Lakes
District Council's urban design panel to ensure the concept
was in line with the council's guidelines and vision for the
He said the ''time was right'' to proceed with the
All business indicators are that this is a very positive time
for investment in a development such as this, on the most
high-profile piece of undeveloped land in the CBD.''
''We've had a look around and there's very little empty space
- if there is, it doesn't stay empty for long.''
Mr Staniland said he had heard of cases where tenants were
being offered money by others keen to take over building
''There's very little new supply, certainly in retail, office
and accommodation ... it seems like quite a good time to do
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ann Lockhart
welcomed the development as a ''strategic asset'' to the
''The chamber is currently spearheading a project around
revitalisation of the CBD in conjunction with the Queenstown
Lakes District Council and this is very much in keeping with
''It's very positive.
''Certainly, what we're hearing [is] there does seem to be
quite a bit of demand to get into the CBD area, from
retailers in particular.''
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said he
welcomed the development of the last piece of prime downtown
waterfront land, which would support DQ's strategy of
attracting more ''high value'' tourists who would stay longer
and spend more.
Skyline Enterprises operates predominantly in the leisure and
entertainment fields in New Zealand and overseas, with
businesses including Skyline Queenstown, Skyline Rotorua, The
Helicopter Line, Mitre Peak Cruises, Christchurch Casino and
Skyline Luge Sentosa.