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December, 2018

New Zealands largest property fund management company hopes to
start building a luxury Queenstown hotel about next May.
NZX-listed Augusta Capital recently paid $13.95 million to acquire a
newly-cleared site immediately above the Queenstown CBD.
The vendor, developer Kevin Carlins South Island Investments, bought
two Man Street sites last year, one on the Brecon St corner, and received
resource consent for a five-star hotel designed by Aucklands Ignite
Augustas price includes about $9m for the land, with the balance
reflecting the design work, intellectual property and site works
undertaken to date.
Auckland-based Augusta managing director Mark Francis, who founded
the company in 2001, says therell be a slight redesign of Carlins plans
for the five-storey building, plus base-ment. That will be partly influen-
ced by whoevers chosen as the hotel operator.
The good news is theres really strong operator interest in the site, so
getting an operator is not going to be the hard part, thats for sure, he
Once the tweaks have been made, its likely a resource consent
variation will be sought.
Whats proposed are 47 studios, three corner suites, six suites and one
penthouse. The fifth storey includes the luxurious penthouse and
several suites with large balconies and expansive views.
Therell also be a main restaurant, piano bar and cocktail lounge, 150-
guest function room and onsite carparking.
Francis comments: Locations for a hotel development in Queenstown
do not come much better than this site.
The location is central Queenstown within easy walking distance of all
the key sights and eateries in the Queenstown CBD while sitting in an
elevated position which provides premium, uninterrupted views out to
the Remarkables.
The project, labelled Queenstown Views by Carlin, will be the first
within the rezoned Queenstown Town Centre area.
Francis says we started talking to Kevin over a year ago.
Carlin had planned to sell off individual apartments, but he unwound
those sales to pursue the hotel option.
Therell be a branded hotel operator, but well own the real estate.
Francis says the property will be transferred in the new year to
Augustas proposed unlisted tourism fund.
Its aim is to capitalise on the acute shortage of hotel accom-modation
across NZ, with a focus on Auckland and Queenstown. He confirms the
development cost, including land, wont be dissimilar to the $65m
suggested by Carlin.
A year ago, Francis told a website, theceomagazine.com: Were not
afraid to take on big opportunities.
We like to bite off more than we can chew.
He also noted: Queenstown and Auckland is where all the action and
growth is in NZ, so those are two spots that were looking at very
closely, both for tourism and residential.
Francis hopes to start the Man St project in about May, with
construction likely to take two years  Carlins company is being
retained in a consultative role.
Francis says hell also look at pursuing Carlins idea of a covered
escalator for the Brecon St steps opposite.

Source: Mountain Scene


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