By PHILIP CHANDLER
Ngai Tahu Property’s started releasing price levels and design details for its central Queenstown residential development, Te Pa Tahuna.
It’s building more than 300 homes, 105 of them available to buyers qualifying for KiwiBuilds, on a site formerly occupied by Wakatipu High.
There’ll be a mix of apartment types and sizes, including ‘live-work units’, through to family-oriented terrace homes.
The KiwiBuild homes range from $475,000 to $600,000.
Two-bedroom apartments with a carpark range from $675,000 and live-work units from $825,000.
Further prices are being released on April 9 when the first stage — 27 apartments including 10 KiwiBuilds — goes on sale.
Ray White Queenstown listing agent Cam Reed says there’s already been incredibly strong interest through website registrations.
‘‘I strongly believe we have the right location, the right product, the right price and the right market for it to be a success.’’
Ngai Tahu Property boss Blair Forgie adds: ‘‘Te Pa Tahuna will be at the heart of the urban renewal planned for the Gorge Road area.
‘‘Living here will provide residents with an easy-care lifestyle in an urban alpine environment, having the convenience of a full array of community amenities including cafes, shops, schools and supermarkets.’’
The first stage, facing Gorge Rd, is due to be completed by the end of next year, while further stages are likely to be released later this year.
Architecture company Isthmus Group worked on design guidelines, in consultation with seven southern mana whenua runanga, to ensure the development’s well integrated.
‘‘From the beginning we proposed a range of apartment block orientations and layouts,’’ director Andre de Graaf says.
‘‘The intention behind that was to appeal to a wide range of people, from families, empty-nesters, young professionals or single parents.’’
According to the website, Airbnb-type accommodation is prohibited as it’s ‘‘not complementary to creating a vibrant and thriving community.’’
De Graaf adds: ‘‘A key structuring element, Pakaiahi, is a people-friendly movement spine running east-west and with a plaza space.’’
James Whetter, principal of multi-discipline design practice Jasmax, says the focus has been on hitting the right balance between affordability, convenience and intelligent design.
Drawing on the narrative of ah-ka-roa — ‘long-burning fires of occupation’ — ground floor and landscape elements will be in a warm, earthy red.
With the Queenstown lifestyle in mind, there’ll be storage areas for ski gear and a bike wash/repair station for mountain bikers.
Contractor Downer started infrastructure work on the site in January, after a delay due to