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Lodge-ical extension: An artist's impression of the new Arrowtown Lifestyle Village residents' lodge

By PHILIP CHANDLER

In a timely boost in these difficult times, the owners of Arrowtown’s retirement village are pushing ‘go’ on a $10 million bells-and-whistles residents’ lodge.

The 1400 square metre facility will include a cafe/restaurant, bar, 50-seat cinema, library,
gym, 12.5m swimming pool, spa, outdoor seating and dining areas and activity areas like a
bowling green and petanque court.

It will displace a temporary lodge that opened two years ago, which will be converted into a larger residential villa once it’s no longer required.

‘‘We’ve got some people with their eye on that one already,’’ Arrowtown Lifestyle Village
managing director Aaron Armstrong says.

Smack-bang in the middle of the 12-hectare village, on McDonnell Road, the new lodge is due to open about February 2023, following a 12-month build.

Armstrong expects to lodge a building consent application in early December, with site works commencing pre-Christmas.

Residents got their first peek at the plans last week and were impressed.

Residents’ chair David Johns believes it will be a great asset.

‘‘We are all impressed by the scale of the facilities, and looking forward to hitting the pool
and gym.

‘‘Of course, the lounge bar area is sure to be a winner.’’

Village manager Robyn Frey adds: ‘‘One of the most common reasons people move to the
village is for the resort-style lifestyle.

‘‘I am so excited about our bespoke lodge, as it will give us even more opportunities to add
to the social life of our village.’’

The village is currently home to 60-plus residents.

All but four of the 60 villas in the first two stages have sold.

The first five villas in the third stage are underway, with the 21 others due to be finished by the end of next year.

‘‘Several of the first ones are sold already, and we’ve got a number of expressions of interest in the other villas,’’ Armstrong says.

The fourth stage will comprise another 45.

Altogether, the resource consent allows for 120 villas, 75 apartments and a 100-bed aged-care facility.

Armstrong says the apartments are likely to follow once the villas are built, while planning for the aged-care facility will start once the new lodge is underway.

The same builder, JMI Construction Southern Lakes, and same architect, Foley Group, are being used for the lodge as for the rest of the village.

Armstrong estimates 70% of the current residents are locals, with the balance having a connection to the area.

Of huge appeal, he believes, is the sunny site and its proximity to Arrowtown.

‘‘There’s also golf course access right across the road, and it’s not a busy road.’’

And he believes the new lodge will only increase the village’s appeal, going by the experience of his company’s Wanaka retirement village: ‘‘Once the main lodge was built, we saw a real escalation in demand.’’

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