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Queenstown developments on the rise

Posted by Jeremy Richards on Nov 18, 2017 11:18:54 AM

Genius First Light Hanley Farm development
Photo: Hanley Farm Developement
The stunning scenery, adventure activity lifestyle and easy access are making Quenstown, Wanaka and the rest of Central Otago a hotspot for development right now. The growing desire to seek a certain lifestyle has led to a number of world-class developments springing up in the region.

In this blog article we'll look at a number of them and what makes them so special.


Pass over the Shotover River on the 6 heading North towards Lake Hayes and on the banks of the Kawarau River you'll find a field that leads up towards the farm gardens that signal the environmentally friendly intent behind the Bridesdale development. Alongside Hayes Creek are several sections perfect for the homeowner that has sustainability in mind.

The house designs available at Bridesdale signal the modernity of this development yet several sustainability initiatives are being investigated for incorporation in the development. Amongst those ideas a hydro generator which may use Hayes Creek to power the street lights at Bridesdale. Each home has been covenanted to include solar roofing panels and each Bridesdale Farm Home has been designed to include a number of features to create an energy efficient home.


Around 7km out of the Queenstown township and just before the Coronet Peak turnoff sits a new development in Arthur's Point.

If you want the convenience of being close to a major town (5 minutes from Queenstown) but to have the best of the outdoors on your doorstep then this development might just have the house for you. The architects of the Bullendale development have kept an eco-friendly home in mind with an efficient and economical central heating system, high-grade PVC windows and a north-facing aspect to make use of the sun's natural energy.

Stage one and two have both sold out. At the time of writing stage three is still on offer under the project name The Alpine Terraces. Buyers with budgets of $549,000 and upwards are invited to enquire.


Where the Clutha river meets the mighty Lake Wanaka you'll find a community growing from the rich Central Otago soil. Mostly sold the Northlake development features a childcare centre, medical centre cafe and bar and even a business park ensuring this latest development will thrive into a bustling hub of activity.

Featuring a mix of design your own home lots and Northlake home lots this development offers a high degree of choice, if you're lucky enough to grab a section before they all sell out.

Lots in stage 10 are priced from $280,000 for 285 metres squared and most of the section at Northlake are suitable for at least four of the Northlake Homes designs, other sections are available as a 'Design Your Own Home' lots and in stage 12 these can be available from $350,000 for 600 metres squared.

Hanley's Farm

Head south on the 6 out of Frankton on Kingston Road and you'll stumble across the jewel in the crown of Central Otago's latest development. Nestled at the foot of the Double peak and a stone's throw from The Remarkables Ski Area the Hanley's Farm development is an adventurer's dream location.

It's not just the thrill seekers that should be excited by the location. 7kms from Queenstown airport and the township of Frankton residents will also find themselves a short 20 minute drive from Queenstown's town centre.

Hanley's Farm has a simplified review process for designs and give scope for those that wish to create an affordable home that is considerate of the natural surroundings and Queenstown's own style.

The great news is that Genius First Light's Flex 90 design conforms to these requirements allowing discerning buyers to have a sustainable, flexible home on their section with Flex 90 prices starting from $350,000.

Genius First Light Hanley farm development


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