New luxury lodge for central Wanaka

Pictured: Common lounge projections for the new lodge. Photos: Supplied

Plans for a 33-room tourism lodge in the centre of Wanaka, which could be built by November, have been released by a global professional services firm specialising in real estate and investment management.

In a statement released by JLL’s Auckland office, the company said it was marketing a “centrally located, new tourism lodge in the heart of the Wanaka commercial district”.

JLL agent John Binning said that the 1012sqm site, currently the home of the Pembroke Putt mini golf course behind New World at 67 Brownston Street, was a “fabulous location” for the proposed lodge.

“The tourism lodge concept is fitting with the natural New Zealand experience, which is one of the key reasons why tourists flock to areas like Queenstown and Wanaka,” Mr Binning said.

JLL said that the current owner of the site, B Property Group, had identified a niche market for a uniquely designed tourism lodge which they are building on the site and would operate under a long-term lease to B Hotel Group.

The lodge’s plans include an on-site cafe and wine bar as well as 33 guest rooms which will be marketed as accommodation pods designed to accentuate the natural elements of Wanaka region.

Pictured: Street view projections for the new lodge. Photo: Supplied

The property design and layout is based on Byron Bay’s The Atlantic, which is made up of private cottages and open communal spaces.

“New Zealand is experiencing a tourism boom and the township of Wanaka is no exception. With tourists visiting in both the winter and summer months, Wanaka accommodation is always in high demand,” Mr Binning said.

“The New Zealand Government is wanting to increase tourism numbers over the next few years, which means sites like this, with a proposal like this one that is ready to go, are a fantastic investment opportunity.”

JLL’s national research manager Tom Barclay said that hotel occupancy in Wanaka had increased by almost 20 percent to 64.7 percent over the past three years.

“Wanaka is increasingly appealing as a more low-key and less expensive alternative to live in, or as a holiday destination than Queenstown. Major developments are planned for Wanaka which will lead to population growth and improved amenities and services for the area,” Mr Barclay said.

“The Queenstown Lakes District captures 10.1 percent of all visitor expenditure in New Zealand with the total tourism spend for the year to January 2017 being $2.557 million.”

Lake Wanaka Tourism’s general manager James Helmore said that he currently had limited information about the lodge in order to make an official comment.

“That said, in general any new accommodation in Wanaka will be welcome as existing supply is definitely getting more constrained over the peak period,” Mr Helmore said.

Mr Binning said that the property was expected to draw visitors for its design and concept alone.  

Current predictions suggest that the lodge would be completed by November 2017, allowing for visitors to start booking the property over the summer months.

Pictured: Street view and common lounge projections for the new lodge. Photos: Supplied

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