Photo by Christina McDonald
A lightning strike caused a large fire which razed an
historic homestead near Glenorchy this morning.
The blaze ripped through the main building of the Paradise
Homestead, after the freak lightning strike around 9.50am,
fire service southern communications shift manager Tim
The category one historic building was built in 1883 by New
Zealand's first government architect, William Mason. It is
now an exclusive luxury lodge.
The homestead was significantly damaged in the fire, with
only the chimney stacks and some outer structural walls left
No-one was injured in the fire, which took five fire trucks,
from Queenstown and Glenorchy, to get under control.
The fire was "well and truly over now", Mr Reynolds said.
The historic homestead, which sits on 128ha of land on the
Glenorchy-Paradise Rd, was an exclusive retreat, which
charged guests up to $1200 a night.
The restored building had been modernised to include central
heating throughout the property, including its eight original
guest bedrooms and three bathrooms.
It is owned and operated by the Paradise Trust.