In keeping up with New Zealand’s booming luxury tourism market Arrow International was awarded the contract to build a new $15 000 a night ski lodge on Moke Lake near Queenstown.
Although the lodge only has five bedrooms the lodge will be a commercial build, five storeys high, on the side of a rock face and will cost $4.9M.
“Its construction will be mainly concrete block and structural steel with some glazed elements like a Macracarpa ceiling roof structure, some very technical carpentry,” says Nick Hamlin, Arrow’s Southern Director.
“Due to the high tech, high spec nature of the project it won’t be a fast project to build, it’s not expected to be open until December 2017 – a 20 month time frame.”
Arrow’s Queenstown team began work on site on Monday 9 May.
TOURISM IN NEW ZEALAND
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) 2016-2022 forecasts show the tourism sector will continue to grow, and is well positioned to capture opportunities from several different markets.
Visitor arrivals are expected to grow 5.4 per cent a year, reaching 4.5 million visitors in 2022 from 3.1 million in 2015 and total international spend is expected to reach $16 billion in 2022, up 65.5 per cent from 2015.
Queenstown has responded to it’s increase in the luxury market by opening a new terminal for private jets. In March 2016, 24 private jets touched down in Queenstown as the total number of flights to New Zealand doubled to 34 compared with the same month last year. (NZ Herald)
Luxury accommodation in Queenstown is so booked up some visitors are flying down for the day from Auckland to take helicopter tours of scenic spots like Milford Sound. (STUFF)