Queenstown’s accommodation crisis is forcing NZSki to house staff in Cromwell this winter.
Last season the skifield operator’s staff found it increasingly difficult to find short-term accommodation - but the situation has since worsened.
NZSki boss Paul Anderson confirms it’s making up to 150 places available to its workers at The Chalets in Cromwell.
For a subsidised rate of $145 a week, they’ll stay in Cromwell and be taken by bus up the mountain.
“We want to make sure staff coming to the district have an option for warm and comfortable accommodation while they’re here,” Anderson says by email from Germany.
The feedback from NZSki staff to the prospect of living 60km away has been positive, he says.
“Although most would prefer to stay locally, they appreciate having the option of having a well-priced comfortable alternative.”
Anderson puts the rental squeeze down to many things - including Queenstown’s ongoing tourism growth, the town’s general economic strength and the rise of accommodation providers like Airbnb.
Wakatipu property prices hit a of $815,000 in March - an all-time high.
The town’s community housing trust says some Queenstowners are lamenting the fact they can no longer afford to live in the town where they were raised, while small business owners are struggling to keep staff.
Queenstown’s housing crisis is paired with a hotel shortage - with golf’s NZ Open and organisers saying it’s a potential handbrake on their events.
Anderson has not ruled out NZSki possibly .