By GUY WILLIAMS
Two more heritage buildings at Queenstown’s Ayrburn Farm are poised for restoration as part of a property developer’s wider plans for a hospitality precinct.
Chris Meehan’s company, Waterfall Park Developments, has applied to Queenstown’s council for consent to operate a restaurant in the farm’s 1890-built homestead and a bar in
the adjacent cookhouse building.
It also wants to construct a new building for use as a cafe, bakery and office, use an outdoor ‘‘dell’’ area for markets, performances and the like for up to a dozen times a year,
and establish a carparking area.
The former farm, between Lake Hayes and Arrowtown, was one of the first established in the Whakatipu, in 1867, and the venue for the area’s first A&P show in 1904.
An avenue of mature European larch and Brewer spruce trees leading to the homestead is a landmark on Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road.
Its buildings and some of the site’s trees are on the council’s heritage and protected features lists.
Winton Queenstown GM Lauren Christie tells Mountain Scene the homestead and cookhouse will ‘‘get a new lease of life’’ as a fine-dining restaurant and bar.
The latest application is part of its plans for a wider hospitality precinct, called Ayrburn Domain, which will be a ‘‘stunning food and hospitality destination’’, Christie says.
The stables, cart shed and dairy buildings are already undergoing remediation.
Once they’re finished, those buildings will be repurposed as a restaurant and bar, a cellar door and a deli, respectively.
Christie: ‘‘It’s been incredibly exciting to see the remediation works of the farm buildings over the past two months.
‘‘We can’t wait for the restoration of the additional two buildings to their former glory.’’