August, 2018Four years of planning, appeals, hearings and zone changes have finally
come to fruition for Queenstowns Millbrook Resort.
The multi-award-winning resort has been granted resource consent for a
$50m development that will see it develop a neighbouring farm into a
new golf course interspersed with 42 sections for high-end residential
The development will add nine new golf holes to Millbrooks current
world-class 27-hole offering, enabling the resort to operate two full 18-
Initial site clearance is underway and, under a separate consent, work
has almost been completed on shifting the Arrow Irrigation Pipe to a
new location to make way for the development.
Groundworks include a raft of ecological and landscape enhancements,
the first land titles should go live in late 2020, and once the new golf
course is constructed and grown-in it should be playable by 2021.
Millbrook Director of Property and Development Ben OMalley says the
net was cast far and wide for project tendering, with the main
earthworks contract going to Grant Hood Contracting from Ashburton.
Highly-experienced turf specialist company TIC Golf Projects Ltd has
been awarded the main golf course construction project, the same
company that developed the resorts Coronet Nine course, along with a
golf course irrigation installation contract.
Millbrook is still working through detailed design on works such as
roading, reticulated services and the resorts distinctive schist stone
In the initial earthworks phase, half a million cubic metres of material
will be moved within the site. A zero cut to fill balance means all work
will be carried out with material contained within the farm area, with
topsoil stripped and stored before being re-spread once earthworks are
Mr OMalley says Millbrook has been working alongside the Friends of
Lake Hayes and the Otago Regional Council to support their initiative to
discharge off-peak water from the Arrow River irrigation race to Mill
Stream (which runs through Millbrook into Lake Hayes).
They believe this will help enhance the water quality of Lake Hayes
and we have the means to provide them the link between the Arrow
Irrigation Company pipe and Mill Stream, he says.
The ORC is part-way through a plan change process that will see a
minimum flow placed on the Arrow River, from which Millbrook
currently sources its golf irrigation water via the AIC.
The minimum flow process would pose a risk to Millbrooks golf
operations, as its sand-based tees and greens, installed to meet
international PGA specifications, require daily watering.
To guard against this risk were also constructing a 30million-litre
water storage lake on the farm land, says Mr OMalley.
The new 36-hole format at Millbrook s been described as a game
changer for the resort, effectively adding 100% golf capacity with two
fully operational 18-hole courses that can be operated simultaneously.
Its being welcomed by the growing number of Millbrook Country Club
members who will be able to play an ever-changing private members
course on a daily basis, as well as another for tourists and locals.
Its also good news for the long-term future of the New Zealand Open,
currently hosted at Millbrook in conjunction with The Hills golf course.
The Open has always planned to move to a three-course model, similar
to international Dunhill Links and AT&T events, and having two courses
available at Millbrook would enable this goal to be achieved.
Ben OMalley says the resort is ecstatic to be getting underway with
Its been over four years since we first bought the former Dalgleish
Farm land with the dream of adding to the resort, he says.
Theres been a lot of hard work from our consultants and planning
team to get to this point, but now its all coming to fruition its simply
The land has provided a fantastic opportunity for the golf course team,
as well as lending itself to the development of two discretely and
geographically-separated residential neighbourhoods.
The large upper plateau contains 24 sites boasting elevated panoramic
views over fairways and pastoral lands to the wider basin. The lower
slopes are home to a further 18 sites with north-facing outlooks over an
enhanced Mill Stream and the last of the stunning new golf holes. Most
of the sites are expected to sell for over $1million each.
Parts of Mill Stream will be widened to create larger waterways and
enhanced wetlands. The new development will retain a rural, agrarian
style with over 20 hectares of working farmland retained for grazing and
retention of a historic woolshed.
The original 1860s farmhouse will also stay on the land, with some
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