Memories on the market


For 46 years, people have been knocking on Allan White’s door asking to buy his holiday home.

Now, aged 91, he’s decided it’s time to accept an offer on 717 Peninsula Road – a waterfront property in sunny Kelvin Heights.

White says he and his late wife Betty chose Queenstown so they could introduce their children to snow and water sports, and to further his interests in hunting, fishing and golf.

“Lake Wakatipu has many world-famous streams and rivers flowing into it, and I cherish many memories of landing trophy brown and rainbow trout.”

They initially bought a property on the other side of Frankton Arm.

“However after viewing all the sun and shelter on offer in Kelvin Grove, and spending many winter days on the Kelvin Grove beach basking in the all-day warm winter sun, waiting for our family to return from their ski adventures, it became apparent that the peninsula, and more particularly as close as possible to Kelvin Grove, was the place for us.”

They bought a 913sqm vacant section and built a holiday home, somewhere for the family to spend summer and winter days away from Invercargill.

“Then, just as today, property in this location was very difficult to obtain with owners preferring to enjoy property ownership for as long as possible and not sell.

“There is also only a very small amount of land available so close to Kelvin Grove.”

The couple spent many hours establishing and tending to the expansive gardens, enjoyed by their three children and four grandchildren. Son Peter White says it was an incredible place to spend childhood and teenage days. He can remember with some friends he managed to go skiing and water-skiing on the same day.

But now it’s time for new owners to make some memories.

“I am in no doubt that the next owner will also gain immense pleasure and treasured memories from their ownership in the same way as my family have,” Allan White says.

The property stretches from Peninsula Rd to the lakeside, with the Queenstown Trail walking track at the bottom of the mature garden.

For keen golfers, it’s also only a long iron away from the tee for the fourth hole of the 18-hole Queenstown Golf Club course.

The property is being sold by tender. The closing date is Thursday, October 10, at 4pm, unless sold prior.