Wharf re­vamp to ben­e­fit all

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De­vel­oper and in­vestor in­ter­est is be­ing sought for the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment for Kaik­oura’s new wharf, which will now in­clude a back­pack­ers hos­tel along with a ho­tel, restau­rant, con­fer­ence and re­tail precinct.

Kaik­oura Wharf De­vel­op­ments has re­source con­sent and con­cept plans and de­signs for the al­most one hectare site ( 9422 square me­tres), which in­cludes the ex­ist­ing Pier Ho­tel and fishing wharf.

The pro­posed four-star Wharf Ho­tel and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude 84 fully fur­nished ho­tel rooms with un­in­ter­rupted sea views, sit­u­ated over three lev­els.

Sixty-two rooms are in­cor­po­rated in the core build­ing while 22 rooms are ex­tended along the first floor of the wharf.

Kaik­oura Wharf De­vel­op­ments com­mer­cial pro­ject man­ager Stu­art Chad­wick said there would be an ar­ray of re­tail and tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, bars, restau­rants and a fish mar­ket.

‘‘If you think of Fleur’s at Mo­er­aki, Fish­er­man’s Wharf at San Fran­cisco, or Dar­ling Har­bour, then you will un­der­stand the con­cept.

‘‘Even though Kaik­oura is syn­ony­mous with seafood, it does not have such a fa­cil­ity at present.’’

The pri­vately owned Pier Apart­ments will com­prise op­tions from a three-bed­room unit with a large lounge, din­ing room and kitchen, to a one-bed­room apart­ment with lounge, din­ing and kitchen, to an in­di­vid­ual dou­ble bed­room with en suite.

Al­though the ini­tial con­cept was for high-end ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­tail, the cur­rent pro­posal for the Pier Ho­tel is to re­vamp and in­ter­nally retro­fit the ho­tel as a back­pack­ers hos­tel, which, along with a new bunkhouse, would pro­vide low-bud­get ac­com­mo­da­tion and up to 108 beds.

A cafe, bar or bou­tique brew­ery is also on the cards.

Kaik­oura Mayor Win­ston Gray said the coun­cil was very sup­port­ive of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and he was not con­cerned about the impact more bud­get beds or cafes would have on ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.

‘‘If they can make this hap­pen it will be great,’’ he said.

‘‘The best sce­nario is that this will be a cat­a­lyst for more growth and in­vest­ment that will bring in enough ex­tra peo­ple to stim­u­late the over­all mar­ket so every­body ben­e­fits.’’

Mr Gray said the pro­posed large ho­tel would al­low in­bound op­er­a­tors to look more favourably at Kaik­oura as a des­ti­na­tion be­cause large groups of high-end vis­i­tors would be able to be ac­com­mo­dated in one place.

‘‘The lo­ca­tion is out­stand­ing. This was the hub of the town 150 years ago . . . a de­vel­op­ment on this scale will mean ex­tra real jobs for our lo­cals.’’

Mr Chad­wick, who has been in­volved in sim­i­lar tourism de­vel­op­ments at Clear­wa­ter, Christchurch and Blue­wa­ter, Lake Tekapo said the pro­ject had al­ready gen­er­ated ‘‘strong in­ter­est’’ from ho­tel chains for the Wharf Ho­tel and Pier Apart­ments, from tourism and re­tail op­er­a­tors look­ing for space, to those look­ing to buy an apart­ment and other groups look­ing at the com­plex.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing we have not yet gone to the mar­ket for in­vest­ment, it does in­di­cate the strong in­ter­est that there is in this pro­ject.’’

Kaik­oura Wharf De­vel­op­ments had been work­ing on this pro­ject for sev­eral years, he said. The town was cry­ing out for a qual­ity ho­tel to move the town from a stopover to a des­ti­na­tion.

Seek­ing in­vest­ment:

An artist’s im­pres­sions of the pro­posed wharf de­vel­op­ment, which is now seek­ing de­vel­oper and in­vestor in­ter­est. The pro­posed plans now in­clude bud­get and back­packer beds as well as a high-end ho­tel com­plex.

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