real estate

Renting a freezing cold property in Queenstown with no heatpump, no insulation and the wind whistling through gaps in the window frames will soon be a thing of the past. Landlords have been given deadlines to make their properties meet...
A retirement village boom is set to pour tens of millions of dollars into the Wakatipu and wider Central Otago area. Two new villages, Remarkables Park and Leaning Rock, north of Alexandra, will create 167 units between them. They'll add to...
Groundwork's started on the first accommodation complex in a former central Queenstown industrial area. The Alex is a 48-unit, $15 million terraced housing development with six retail premises, being built on the corner of Gorge Road and Hallenstein Street. Its developer,...
A colonial-style homestead set amidst botanical park-style grounds is one of Queenstown's most interesting, if hidden, residential properties. Just five minutes' walk from Lake Hayes, the 1.3-hectare property, on the corner of Rutherford Road and Slope Hill Rd, is on...

Bowing out after 18 years

One of Queenstown's most well-known property managers has exited the business. Keith Hibbs started Harcourts Property Management Queenstown, originally Executive Accommodation, 18 years ago. He's sold to Highland Real Estate Group, which operates the Harcourts franchise in six Otago centres,...
Levelling-off of pedestrian numbers is the main feature of Colliers International's latest Queenstown CBD foot traffic count. The agency's done counts across the CBD during a March day for the past 15 years – counting pedestrians for half-hour periods at...
In 1986, Martha Holmes, then an award-winning ad agency creative director in New York City's Madison Avenue, came to Queenstown with her husband to see Halley's Comet. "It looked teeny in the sky over Queenstown and we didn't care, because...
A unique lodge property off Queenstown's Glenorchy Road is on the market. The Farry family's 9.5-hectare Punatapu estate contains one of Queenstown's early luxury lodges and a lush garden fronting a natural rock amphitheatre at the eastern end of Bob's...
One of Queenstown's nicest and most popular hospitality precincts is up for sale. The buildings in the CBD's Brecon Street house four well-established outlets – Lone Star, Harry's Pool Bar, Muskets & Moonshine, and Bella Cucina. They're owned by long-time Queenstown...

Lakefront rooms lapped up

A large New Zealand hotel chain has bought out long-time Queenstown operators who've run a prominent strip of accommodation businesses. Auckland-based VR Hotels Group, which manages almost 30 hotels worldwide, under holding company Kiwi Hospitality NZ Ltd, has snapped up...
A Man Street property above Queenstown's CBD – up for auction on Thursday – presents major redevelopment prospects thanks to a council plan change. At 31 Man St, the 582 square metre property, with a 1960s three-bedroom home and a...

Council buys high profile land

Queenstown's council has splashed out on a high-profile, multi-million dollar Ladies Mile property. In a press release the council said the site would ''provide a variety of facilities for Lake Hayes/Shotover Country residents as well as the wider community''. The site,...
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