Trailer park has potential


A quirky campervan park up for sale has potential as one of central Queens­town’s last under-developed high-density-zoned sites. 

QBox – New Zealand’s first accommodation park to use recycled shipping containers – occupies a 1.3ha landscaped site near Gorge Road. 

Formerly the Bush Creek Health Retreat, it’s below both a forested reserve and Industrial Place, and straddles Bowen Brooke stream. 

Q Box Ltd, owned by two Aucklanders, bought the site in 2009 for $2.5 million. 

The previous owners were locals Wayne Cafe and Rob Greig who had gained a resource consent, now lapsed, for a 120-unit worker/student accommodation complex. 

The present owners have spent about $750,000 developing the property. 

There’s a communal hub made of eight shipping containers and 50 powered campervan sites, plus unpowered ones. 

A resource consent allows for up to 70 container units including 15 at the back of the property. 

Manager/shareholder Peter Crowe says the owners have put QBox on the market to see whether there’s any interest. 

“If no one buys it, we’ll develop it ourselves.” 

Crowe says they’d probably develop both visitor and workers’ accommodation. 

“I think the potential for workers’ accommodation is very strong. 

“Now that Reavers Lodge has gone into tourism [accommodation], it’s something to reconsider.” 

Crowe says there’s potential to build quite high as no views would be blocked: “Only the possums will complain.”
Crowe won’t disclose the asking price. 

Listing agent Locations Realty’s Marty Barwood says: “It’s one of Queenstown’s last big development sites. 

“You’d have to be fairly brave to put a big development up right now but it’s going to be a nice holding property, with a return.”