March, 2021Ngai Tahu Propertys started releasing price levels and design details for
its central Queenstown residential development, Te Pa Tahuna.
Its building more than 300 homes, 105 of them available to buyers
qualifying for KiwiBuilds, on a site formerly occupied by Wakatipu High.
Therell 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 theres 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
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
developments 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
its 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,
With the Queenstown lifestyle in mind, therell 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 Covid.
Source: Mountain Scene
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