Negotiations to buy abandoned sections at Cardrona for
community use are expected to be settled within the next
Tenders closed last Friday on nine sections in and around the
Cardrona village which were being offered for sale for the
first time in 140 years by the Public Trust after descendants
of the original owners - Chinese miners and other early
settlers - were unable to be traced.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council put in a tender for the
five sections directly opposite the historic Cardrona Hotel,
which are used at present as the village's only public car
The council hopes to buy the land for the community and to
create a village green, as identified in the Cardrona Valley
At this week's Wanaka Community Board meeting, deputy mayor
Lyal Cocks said the council was still involved in discussions
with Public Trust regarding the sale of the sections.
''I can't really say much more than that ... it should be
resolved within the next week.''
Wellington-based Public Trust consultant Paul Browne
confirmed the trust was still negotiating with the highest
tenderers and said none of the sections had been sold yet.
''By next week we will have a clearer picture on where we're
Seventeen tenders were received by the trust for the various
properties, which had been listed exclusively with Harcourts.
The sites across from the hotel had attracted the most
interest, Mr Browne said.
He expected all the sections to sell through the tender
process, although ''some might take a bit longer to agree to
terms'' regarding price and the conditions placed on the
Cardrona Hotel co-owner Cade Thornton said he, like the rest
of the community, was ''shocked'' to have not received any
advanced warning the sections were coming up for sale, given
how crucial they were to both his business and the village.
''It's been the hotel's car park since before there were cars
... [the land is] extremely vital for Cardrona. Yes the
hotel, but Cardrona in general.''
The car park area catered not only for hotel patrons, but
served as a school bus stop and an area for grit trucks to
park when managing road safety, among other things.
There would be ''huge issues'' if the community lost the
land, particularly the danger which would arise from cars
parking along the sides of the busy road through Cardrona, Mr
He declined to say whether the Cardrona Hotel had put in a
tender for the land.