Remarkables Residences housing development announced in Queenstown

Media Release from Bayleys and GYP Properties Ltd

A $190m 225-home lifestyle development has been announced to local business leaders in Queenstown by Singaporean-based developers GYP Properties Pte Ltd.

Remarkables Residences on the Frankton Flats in Queenstown, will consist of a range of three and four-bedroom multi-storey townhouses, and master-planned to be surrounded by a vast array of lifestyle amenities, including retail and dining.

GYP Properties Chairman Mah Bow Tan, company Chief Executive Stanley Tan and other directors were in Queenstown for yesterday’s business launch, saying they chose Queenstown for the development because of its continued growth and strong demand for this type of innovative housing.

Stage One of the project – consisting of the first 56 houses — will shortly be on the market and registrations of interest through Bayleys Real Estate have been enthusiastic. Construction is scheduled to start this year and the first stage will take about 18 months to complete. Further stages will be released during the year.

Pricing will be released shortly with a range of housing, sizes and layouts available. All properties feature rear garaging and some have additional studio or office spaces, making them flexible enough to suit a range of potential buyers.

Mr Mah described Queenstown as one of the premier tourism destinations in New Zealand, if not globally.

“We’re very excited to bring Remarkables Residences to Queenstown because we know the demand for good accommodation is there, and we’re creating a development with an Alpine feel to it in a very attractive location at the foothills of the mountains.

“It’s a great value-for-money project that we believe will add to the Queenstown environment in a very positive way, helping to grow the town and meet demand as well as being a commercial success. We hope you’ll be as proud of it as we are.”

Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult, speaking at the announcement, described Remarkables Residences as “a very welcome addition to our district”.

“This development marks a confidence ‘tick’ in the future of Queenstown and our economic development as a high-value tourism destination,” he said.

“We’re in a period of sustained development and extraordinary growth rates, with population growth increasing by 7.1% in the last year compared to national growth of just 2.1%, and visitor numbers of 66,000 on peak days.

“So your decision to create 225 townhouses that will be attractive to families as well as people looking for investments is something our council welcomes.”

The properties are being marketed by Bayleys and there is already strong interest from existing Bayleys clients.

Bayley’s Corporation Chairman John Bayley, also in Queenstown for the announcement, said they were “perfect” for a wide range of buyers.

“They’ll suit owner-occupiers, families, or businesses wanting to house key workers,” he said. “Their appeal will also reach holidaymakers who might know and love Queenstown, Kiwi investors and international buyers who want to invest in this dynamic, fast-growing location.”

Mr Bayley said Remarkables Residences brought “much-needed” supply to the Queenstown market, transforming a bare piece of land into a safe, social and diverse community.

Remarkables Residences is being marketed as well-built, stylish and low maintenance homes incorporating latest design techniques. Master-planned by DASL Consultants and designed by Auckland-based Ignite Architects, they are described as a very modern interpretation of popular developments of this kind.

Much work has gone into creating different building forms in each street using proven ‘neighbourhood architecture’, maximizing privacy and lifestyle living, as well as sunshine hours.

Green spaces incorporated in the development include a main public square and smaller open spaces (called Pocket Parks) dotted throughout the area. There are good links to surrounding biking and walking tracks and easy access to public transport, such as the planned park and ride facility.

Mr Bayley said Remarkables Residences is in the most accessible part of Queenstown, close to the airport and a very short walk to retail and hospitality outlets. It is just 10 minutes from central Queenstown, 15 minutes to Arrowtown and 30 minutes to the ski fields.

GYP Properties CEO Stanley Tan is no stranger to Queenstown — he co-developed the Heritage Hotel 20 years ago and is delighted to return to the district.

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1/ The Remarkables Residences development has been introduced to local business leaders in Queenstown

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Innovative star gazing tours launch at Tekapo Springs

Video and Media Release from Tekapo Springs

Star gazing in one of the world’s top ‘clear sky’ locations is being launched by Tekapo Springs in New Zealand’s Mackenzie country.

The multi-award-winning South Island tourism attraction – renowned for its innovation and ongoing business investment – will take viewing the Southern night sky to whole new levels with the introduction of Tekapo Star Gazing.

Star gazing tours start next month (Friday March 3), taking advantage of the fact that the tiny township of Tekapo sits within the world’s largest international dark sky reserve (4144sq km), only the fourth such reserve in the world.


But this is star gazing with a difference – incorporating a 40-minute guided night sky tour with trained star guides followed by a 40-minute soak in the hot pools. Guides will continue to give information, answer questions and ‘story tell’ on request, and relaxing astro music will play to soothe the soul.

The outdoor pools at the complex will be lit with low red lighting to add to the mood, and guests on the tours will be supplied with floatation devices to help them relax in the water. The complex’s Tahr Bar and Café will be open for drinks and snacks throughout the tour.

Tekapo Springs owner Karl Burtscher said visitors didn’t have to know about astronomy to enjoy their experience.

“Our trained star guides will deliver a tour that includes information on some of the closest and brightest features in the night sky such as stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies,” he said.

“Guests will hear about the mythology and cultural aspects of the night sky including navigation for Maori and European cultures. Our tours have an emphasis on story telling mixed with some facts and entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to be opening after sourcing and putting our new telescopes in place as well as employing guides and training staff about our unique night skies. We’re always being asked about extending our nighttime operations so this is the perfect way to do it.”

Before enjoying the pools, guests are invited to get ‘closer to the stars and planets’ by looking through two Celestron reflector 9.25 aperture telescopes and a Sky Watcher refractor Esprit 120 Telescope, which Mr Burtscher described as “modern go-to’ telescopes”, sitting on the patio outside the complex’s Tahr Bar & Café.

Tours will go ahead no matter the weather and will operate year-round, with guests enjoying an exciting indoor guided tour with the use of a high definition projector if the sky is not visible at all. English and Mandarin-speaking tours are on offer and tour times will depend on the time of year and when it gets dark enough to see the night sky.

Mr Burtscher said Tekapo Springs had been considering adding the night sky products “for the past two or three years” and the timing was now right.

Just under a year ago, Tekapo Springs officially launched two new pools and an aqua play area new pools at the complex, bringing the total number of pools to five. The new pools proved hugely popular with visitors and locals and have resulted in a significant increase in visitor numbers.

“We just keep adding more and more reasons to visit Tekapo Springs including our winter ice skating rink, winter snow tubing and a huge inflatable summer waterslide,” said Mr Burtscher.

“Adding Tekapo Star Gazing will continue to broaden what we offer, and extend the range of ‘things to do’ in Tekapo at night. Many Asian visitors in particular are entranced by our night skies because they can’t see the stars at home due to excessive light pollution.

Star Gazing tours start at $89 per person and transport is available from the Tekapo Springs info centre. Bookings are highly recommended.

Tekapo Springs is a year-round attraction nestled on the shores of stunning Lake Tekapo, beloved by visitors from all around the globe. Last year it was a winner of the 2016 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and a finalist in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2016.

Click here to visit Tekapo Springs’s website.

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1/ A stunning time-lapse of the night sky at Tekapo

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Fox Links Up With Williams for ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

Media Release from ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

Rio Olympian Ryan Fox will have the world’s most successful caddy, Steve Williams on his bag for next month’s 93rd ISPS Handa New Zealand Open.

What’s more he will have some sporting power alongside him, with his father and All Blacks legend, Grant Fox paired for the Pro-Am competition which is part of the Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills in Queenstown on 9-12 March.

The Kiwi has a fulltime caddy for his foray on to the European Tour this year who was not travelling to New Zealand after two upcoming tournaments in his native South Africa, instead linking up when Fox returns to their European base.

Fox is excited about having Williams on his bag.

“Steve is the best caddy in the world having worked with greats like Greg Norman, he was 10 years with Tiger Woods and then with Adam Scott and got him to world number one,” said Fox.

“My caddy is pretty excited about me working with Steve and hopefully I learn a bit from him and bring that to our relationship going down the line.”

Williams has supported Fox on his professional journey, giving him advice and sorting a practice round with Adam Scott at the 2015 British Open.

His professional life in Europe and his penchant for fishing when he is back home means Fox has not had much time to play golf with his father.

“It should be fun. I’m not sure how we will handle playing with a few people watching but I am sure he will enjoy the overall experience. Hopefully I can play well and we can both play the weekend.”

The tournament hosts 144 amateur players, each partnering with a professional in a two-person best-ball event, competing for the ISPS Handa NZ Pro-Am Championship which runs alongside the Open, with the leading 10 teams earning a spot amongst the professionals over the final 36 holes.

Fox, who has made the cut in his first four tournaments on the European Tour, competes in the ISPS Handa Super 6 in Perth next week and two tournaments in South Africa before a speedy return to Queenstown.

“Unfortunately I may have a bit of jet lag at the start of the week but hopefully we can combat that and be in contention come Sunday afternoon.”

Fox said after 14 years without a local triumph, that it was time for a Kiwi to win the New Zealand Open title and he would love nothing more than to have his name etched on the Brodie Breeze Trophy.

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a NZ$1 million Tier One event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour, to be played in Queenstown at Millbrook Resort and The Hills on 9-12 March.

Click here to visit ISPS Handa New Zealand Open’s website.

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1/ Ryan Fox and father Grant Fox will pair up for the 93rd ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in Queenstown

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Luxury property Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary adds lodge-style accommodation

Media Release from Mahu Whenua

New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge and eco-sanctuary is now even more accessible for visitors to Wanaka and Queenstown.

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead and Eco Sanctuary has now introduced a ‘lodge style’ individual suite accommodation option to cater for demand following its recent launch.

Mahu Whenua General Manager Fiona Stevens said traveling couples or those celebrating a wedding or special anniversary, along with corporate groups, groups of friends or smaller families would suit the new room offerings.

The four luxurious Ridgeline Suites on offer – two self-contained Cottage Suites and two Homestead Suites within the original homestead building – boast incredible mountain, lake or river views and supreme privacy.

Sleeping up to two people each, and named after the native birds that frequent Mahu Whenua, each Suite features a king or king-split bed and ensuite with bath.

Visitors staying in the Suites will have a host and chef available to them. They will also have access to all Homestead facilities including two open fireplaces, a large open living area with expansive views, a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen, two dining areas, a media and games room, library, pool table, plenty of storage and dry room.

Outside, guests can take their pick from several spots to unwind — two additional dining areas, a spa pool, sheltered swimming pool and a large deck looking out to Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park.

Accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, pre-dinner canapés, refreshments and picnics, as well as premium local wine and beverages served with dinner.

Ms Stevens said the owners were incredibly excited to announce the new accommodation offering and meet this demand so soon after launching.

“We have a small but dedicated and extremely knowledgeable team on board to support our guests including an in-house chef, concierge and private guides,” she said.

The Suites and main Homestead rooms have been refurbished to ‘fit’ with the homestead buildings, their unbeatable setting and the environmental ethos of the high country land and its owner, globally-recognised record producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.

“Guests can revel in this conservation hideaway and never see another soul on the property, apart from guides or staff,” said Fiona. “The beauty of Mahu Whenua is that, while it bears all the hallmarks of an extremely remote location, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Wanaka township.”

Guided onsite experiences include horse trekking, overnight stays at shepherds’ cottages around the station, heli-skiing, mountain biking, 4WD adventures, farm tours, picnics alongside pristine alpine rivers, backcountry touring and wellness experiences.

“Mahu Whenua is a truly unique lodge experience and we are thrilled to be able to open it up to single travelers and couples, while continuing to offer full buy-out, ‘exclusive-use’ bookings,” said Fiona.

*Opening rate is $1850 per Suite per night for up to two guests including all meals, in-house chef, concierge and staff. For further information go to:

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1/ Unsurpassed luxury and privacy with a picture-postcard view – a Homestead Suite at Mahu Whenua

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