Fire damages historic Wakatipu homestead


A fire is raging at a historic homestead near Glenorchy.
The fire has taken hold in Paradise Homestead, which has a category one historic listing.

Fire five trucks from Queenstown and Glenorchy were at the scene, tackling the blaze.

The homestead has been significantly damaged.

It was built in 1883 by New Zealand’s first government architect, William Mason.

It sits on 128ha and is owned and operated by the Paradise Trust.

The fire was reported at 9.50am, and had taken hold in the main homestead building, southern fire communications shift manager Tim Reynolds says.

The historic homestead was located on the Glenorchy-Paradise Rd, he says.

An extra fire truck from Queenstown has been drafted in to help with the large blaze.

There were no reports of injuries, Mr Reynolds says.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

An ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were on standby, but there had been no injures so far.

The luxury Paradise Homestead is an exclusive retreat, which can cost guests up to $1200 a night.

The restored building has been modernised to include central heating throughout the property, including its eight original guest bedrooms and three bathrooms. – Otago Daily Times and APNZ