$300 million hospital planned for Wānaka

Property investment company Roa has unveiled plans for a $300 million hospital in Wānaka with four operating theatres and a 24-hour emergency department.

The integrated regional hospital would be privately funded by Roa which is applying for Fast-track Approval to get the project under way.

The plan envisages a five-level hospital with four operating theatres, imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department and more than 70 inpatient, emergency, and post anaesthetic care beds. 

An artist's impression of the $300 million hospital. Image: Roa
An artist's impression of the $300 million hospital. Image: Roa
Roa CEO Mike Saegers said in a statement the company would engage "a high-quality private healthcare operator" to manage the hospital, which would be built on Sir Tim Wallis Drive at Three Parks, east of Wānaka township.

It would be part of a broader health precinct which would include includes four new purpose-built offices for allied medical services such as consulting and treatment rooms, on-site parking, and ground level retail and hospitality outlets.

Mr Saegers said Roa had started the resource consent application process with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

However, because this could take up to three years, Roa had applied for the Wānaka hospital to be a named project in Schedule 2 of the government’s Fast-track Approvals Bill.

“Construction of the hospital could commence within 15 months of consent being received, with a target opening date of 18-24 months after that. Delay in consenting translates directly through to delay in the doors opening on this much needed beneficial community health asset,” Mr Saegers said.

An overview of the planned health precinct. Image: Roa
An overview of the planned health precinct. Image: Roa
In March the Wānaka Upper Clutha Community Board called a meeting to address the health needs of the rapidly growing area.

At the packed meeting land owner James Reid announced to a packed Lake Wānaka Centre his family had applied for building consent two days ago to build a health hub next to the existing Wānaka Lakes Health Centre on the corner of Avalon Station Dr and Cardrona Valley Rd.

Last Month Mr Saegers announced the resource consent process had begun for a new healthcare district proposed for Three Parks, after an 18-month planning process.