housing

Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...

Lakeview sale looms

Despite facing a mounting housing crisis, Queenstown's council looks set to sell a prime piece of land near the resort's CBD. In a report to tomorrow's full council meeting, the council's strategic projects boss Paul Speedy recommends the council agree to...
Queenstown council bosses want the resort's tree-lined entrance to be opened up for potential development. In a report to Thursday's full council meeting, planning bosses Tony Avery and Blair Devlin -- who previously ran secret meetings promoting a potential carve-up...
The buzz words for the Queenstown property market, according to an annual report launched on Friday, are "cyclical peak". Colliers International's market review and outlook for Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin sets the local property clock at the "peak" of 12 o'clock. Rather...
A warning from a prominent former councillor is being recalled as Queenstown's council considers high-density housing by the Ladies Mile entrance to the resort. Ex-Queenstown councillor Stuart Maclean remembers the words of then-planning chairman, the late Harry Caldwell, when he joined...
A new Queenstown housing development will include $1.35 million properties with money-making flats. Mooreliving Homes is building 15 houses on land off Frankton Road, across the road from the planned $10 million-plus Queenstown Marina. Developer Joshua Moore says he'd originally planned...

Bowen Cottages site sold

A central Queenstown site earmarked for a failed affordable housing complex has been sold. Q Box Motorhome Park, off Bowen Street, has been bought by an Auckland-based Chinese developer for about $4.3 million. The site hit national headlines two years ago,...

Tree hut riles landowner

He has one of the best views in Queenstown and the cheapest rent. But one thing Aussie carpenter Andy admits he doesn't have for his tree house is permission from landowner Peter Clark. Clark's furious and says he'll take a chainsaw...

Big spend-up on worker digs

Queenstown's housing crisis has forced a tourism giant and a developer to pursue worker digs. Gondola operator Skyline Enterprises and Queenstown Country Club developer Sanderson Group have moved to provide their own accommodation. And Queenstown's council is nudging others to do the...

Hammer down for school

Talk about supporting your kid's school. Queenstown accountant Peter Wilson, whose son Calder goes to Shotover Primary, bought a four-bedroom house at auction last Saturday, putting the final seal on a school fundraiser. Wilson bid $810,000 for the brand-new Shotover Country...

No home on the range

Queenstown's best-known adventurer is being chucked off the Crown Range. Base jumper and thrill-seeker Chuck Berry is looking for new digs as the rental property he's lived in for 18 years has been sold. For a man whose regular activities resemble a...
A family of five feared they'd have to flee Queenstown after being evicted from their rental house of 10 years. Long-term locals Dean and Theresa Swain, who between them have notched up more than 45 years in the resort, and their...
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