Published 1 August 2007
Hotel & resort developer Melview Developments Ltd has lodged a private plan change to facilitate development of the McArthur Ridge vineyard in Central Otago.
The 821ha vineyard & rural property in the Alexandra Basin has 200 in pinot noir. Melview managing director Nigel McKenna said yesterday the company would develop the property over a period of time into a world-class resort, golfcourse & residential development, but with an emphasis on activities which complement the existing land use & landscape.
The masterplan prepared by Studio of Pacific Architecture includes:
an international health & well-being spaa conference centre,a low-rise 5-star luxury resort hotel lodgean 18-hole golfcourse designed by New Zealand international Greg Turner, from Turner Macpherson Golf Designa variety of housing, andan extension of the region’s increasingly popular biking & walking trails integrated with the existing vineyard.
Mr McKenna said Melview had already carried out community consultation to identify appropriate development options for McArthur Ridge.
He said the project team planning Kawarau Falls Station had had numerous opportunities to spend time in Central Otago “and we have become passionate about this part of New Zealand because of its special qualities. We can promise an approach to this land which respects the landscape and will reflect the local architecture, materials & cultural heritage.”
The property is held in a number of titles and ownerships, but Melview (McArthur Ridge) Ltd is the development partner responsible for the masterplanned proposal.
Melview’s recent developments include the Westin Auckland Lighter Quay hotel on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, the neighbouring luxury Lighter Quay apartments , Beaumont Quarter in Freeman’s Bay, and The Quadrant & Holiday Inn hotels in Auckland & Wellington.
The company has also started construction of the Kawarau Falls Station Resort in Queenstown.
Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.