Resort start this year a possibility

Parkins Bay, near Wanaka,  is the setting for a multimillion-dollar golf resort which has been on the drawing board since 2005.
Parkins Bay, near Wanaka, is the setting for a multimillion-dollar golf resort which has been on the drawing board since 2005.

Work could begin later this year on an international golf resort near Wanaka, nearly a decade after plans were unveiled.

Consent was granted in 2008 for the multimillion-dollar Parkins Bay golf resort, first announced in 2005 by Parkins Bay Preserve Ltd (PBPL), a partnership of Glendhu Station owners Bob and Pam McRae and Queenstown-based golf course developer John Darby.

The plans include an 18-hole championship golf course, lakeside clubhouse, luxury lodge and accommodation units, and 42 residential homes on Glendhu Station on the southwestern shoreline of Lake Wanaka.

After an appeal to the Environment Court delayed the development, it was given approval by the court in March 2012.

Mrs McRae told the Otago Daily Times last week work had not yet started on the resort, but ''we'd be hopeful that it's before Christmas''.

''It's still moving along. It might be some months away, it might be further.''

The detail and scale of the development remained the same as had been approved by the Environment Court, Mrs McRae said.

She referred the ODT to Darby Partners Ltd for comment.

However, phone calls over several days to the golf resort's project manager Duane Te Paa, at Darby Partners' Queenstown office, were not returned. Another Darby Partners staff member said there was no update on the development at this stage and provided no further details.

When the ODT last spoke to Mr Te Paa in August 2012, he said it could be six to 12 months before work began on site.

He said at the time the Environment Court required stage one of the development - including the golf course, clubhouse, shearers' quarters, some of the house sites and revegetation - to be completed within 18 months of work commencing.

In November 2012, the council approved an application from PBPL to subdivide the station into development lots associated with the golf resort.

Subsequent applications requested changes to the conditions of land use consent, relating to amalgamation of lots and the subdivision's management structure.

- lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz