r+m have been involved in the preparation of a master plan for a new luxury hotel and wellness retreat in the Wakatipu Basin. Waterfall Park is a 58-hectare block of Resort zone land, encompassing a secluded, steep-sided valley between Arrowtown and Lake Hayes.
As an underlying theme to the masterplan, the landscape character will subtly morph from a cultural landscape associated with the historic Ayrburn Farm on Speargrass Flat, into an indigenous environment quite unlike anywhere else in the Wakatipu Basin. Both landscape and architecture will reflect this underlying narrative.
A resource consent application has been lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Although the proposed activities are consistent with the Resort zone purpose it is expected the resource consent process could take up to a year given the size and complexity of the application.
You can’t see the valley from the road and it’s been privately owned since the late 1800s, so very few people know the waterfall even exists
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