housing

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...

‘We’re a charity case’

Queenstown's housing trust is gearing up for another court battle to prove it's a charity. The trust, which provides houses for locals who'd otherwise struggle to live here, was deregistered as a charity in 2010 – then lost a subsequent...
The door could soon open for landowners and developers across the Queenstown Lakes wanting to fast-track subdivisions. Queenstown's council will tomorrow consider an overhaul of so-called special housing area (SHA) guidelines. The council froze work on SHA proposals seven weeks ago, ordering staff to...

New stage is go

Developers are releasing the second stage of a massive 1750-section Queenstown neighbourhood after overcoming the last legal hurdle. Mountain Scene can reveal 49 sections at Hanley's Farm, near Jack's Point, will go on the market next Saturday, October 15. But they're...

$30m worker housing fix

A $30 million-plus worker housing complex is proposed to combat Queenstown's crippling short-term rental crunch. A company headed by part-time Queenstowner Roy Thompson this week lodged a resource consent application for two six-storey buildings on Gorge Road, close to the...
Arrowtown's housing market is "extreme", a realtor says, and unlike anything he's experienced in more than 20 years. Figures released by Quotable Value last week show Arrowtown has, as of July, hit the $1 million milestone of house values, up 20.8...
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