Queenstown cabins to be auctioned off

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Ageing Queenstown holiday cabins earmarked for removal from council-run grounds will be auctioned online later this week.

The 13 cabins from Lakeview Holiday Park and Arrowtown are being sold on auction website Trade Me by Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Varying in age and condition, the majority were built in the ’60s and 70s.

“Around six of the cabins can be reasonably removed and relocated,” council deputy chief executive Stewart Burns says.

“The remainder will have to be demolished but can be salvaged for joinery and other building materials.

“The cabins have long been earmarked for removal and on that basis there was no justification for incurring on-going maintenance costs.”

The timing of the auction is unrelated to negotiations over the proposed convention centre development, Burns says.

“Although Lakeview is the preferred convention centre site, this decision relates solely to maintenance issues

Winter will increase maintenance demands and therefore we are acting now to avoid further costs.”

The ten-day auction begins Friday.

Potential purchasers can inspect the cabins by contacting APL Properties. Those opting to demolish the cabins would need to obtain consent, which costs $120 and takes about 10 days to issue.

“The only other cost to those in the market is the purchasing condition that the foundation must be removed at the new owner’s cost,” Burns says.