By PHILIP CHANDLER
A 50-lot hillside cabin settlement’s planned at Queenstown’s fast-growing Arthurs Point by the owners of neighbouring Mt Dewar Station.
Arthurs Point Woods, as it’s called, occupies a wide three-hectare site behind Shotover Lodge and Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak hotel.
It’s being delivered by the same Treespace team, headed by Queenstowner Adam Smith,
undertaking a 1770ha native reforestation and regeneration project on Mt Dewar, directly
That project includes 47 mountain homes and cabins, a lodge, the staged planting of more than 140,000 beech trees, over 50km of biking and hiking trails and other backcountry
and ecological experiences.
‘‘The Arthurs Point Woods settlement incorporates the same light-footed cabin typology as Treespace, and will play a valuable role in creating an ecological corridor from the regenerating beech forest above to the village of Arthurs Point below,’’ Smith says.
The site will be planted in native trees, shrubs and wild grasses.
‘‘We see Arthurs Point Woods as an experiment in modern alpine living with a focus on intelligent design, a vibrant community and connection with nature.
‘‘Cabins will be required to use natural materials that blend and borrow from the region, acknowledge the climate and are sized to respect the humbling surrounds.
‘‘Combined with the option of high-speed data, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, peer-to-peer power sharing and proximity to culture and commerce, this is a licence for people to live differently, together.’’
The proposed settlement will be accessed by a looped hillside laneway.
A beech tree-lined entrance will connect to Arthurs Point below while the laneway, at its apex, will meet an access point to the future Treespace biking and hiking trails above.
Being on a natural slope, each freehold lot, averaging 360 square metres, will capture wide views.
The first 20 titles, priced from $350,000, are being offered initially to Treespace registrants, then to the wider public later this month.
Titles are expected in the first half of 2023.
Smith says the resource consent application’s being processed at the moment — the site’s medium-density residential zoning, under the proposed district plan, allows for a minimum lot size of 250sqm.