Punters going past the dilapidated Arthurs Point Tavern will have to tolerate the derelict sight for a little longer.
The pub, which shut up shop in September 2008, is being bulldozed as part of a land swap deal enabling Queenstown Lakes District Council to realign the road. In return the pub owners will get prime roadside land nearby.
Co-owner Rick Pettit says the building will be demolished prior to property changing hands, as QLDC want bare land, and he hopes “to get an agreement sorted out before Christmas”.
QLDC project manager Lane Vermaas says work to straighten the road and replace the one-way McChesney Bridge with a new two-lane upgrade is set to start in April or May next year. The work should be complete by November 2011.
One disgruntled Queenstown resident says work on the “horrendous” site can’t start soon enough.
“How many tourists drive past it every day on the way to Shotover Jet and the whole ski season has just happened. It’s the worst building in town – in the most public place.”