By GUY WILLIAMS
For the first time in its history, Real Journeys plans to offer visitor accommodation at Walter Peak High Country Farm.
The company’s applied for resource consent to offer a farmstay in a two-bedroom cottage originally built for its staff village.
Real Journeys boss Paul Norris says it’s ‘‘exploring options for the New Zealand market’’.
‘‘With fewer visitors … and some empty rooms, we decided to do a trial.
‘‘We think being able to catch a vintage steamship from Queenstown to stay at Walter Peak High Country Farm and have this stunning, peaceful lakeside location virtually to yourself, will really appeal to people who just
want to get away from it all and unwind.’’
Able to accommodate up to four people and available year-round, the cottage is being advertised as ‘Walter Peak Farm Stay’ on a couple of short-term accommodation online platforms.
But it remains subject to Queenstown’s council granting consent.
The application, prepared by local planning consultant Ben Farrell, says the proposal will have no discernible adverse effects and can be granted ‘‘without any fuss’’.
The cottage is one of three pre-fabricated houses on which Real Journeys spent $1.5 million for the first stage of the staff village, a response to the exorbitant rents staff were having to pay in the resort.
Another 11 houses were planned for the village, designed to accommodate up to 50 workers.