Pools plan still bubbling along
Ngai Tahu and the Queenstown Lakes District Council continue to thrash out ideas for a proposed hot pool complex at the site earmarked for a convention centre – but the parties won’t say much more.
Last year, a $25 million pool complex was announced as a possible tenant for the Lakeview site, and negotiations opened between Ngai Tahu Tourism and the council over leasing land near Man St.
Council chief executive Adam Feeley said negotiations continued with Ngai Tahu Tourism regarding commercial rates, leasing arrangements and the type of complex to fit in with a convention centre precinct.
‘‘I would be disappointed if we didn’t get it over the line with them,’’ he said.
Ngai Tahu Tourism southern regional tourism manager David Kennedy said there was not much to add as negotiations continued.
‘‘[As] Adam says, we are hopeful we can reach an agreement. Once this part is done, we can get to the next stage of design.’’
Meanwhile, the council has agreed to consult the public on a proposal to rezone central Queenstown for low to mediumrise buildings and the authority is waiting to hear details of a potential Government contribution to a convention centre in addition to a proposed council contribution of $32.5m.
The proposed town centre zone could include the convention centre, buildings up to seven storeys and an average development height of about 12 metres, or three storeys.
The iwi’s tourism arm, last year, said the complex could include 12 public pools, private hot pools, a spa, a reception building and a cafe.
Ngai Tahu Tourism already operate a hot pool complex at Franz Josef, the Glacier Hot Pools.
Complex: An artist’s impression of the proposed $25 million Ngai Tahu hot pool complex.
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