Revised Price: Stonebridge Land, Queenstown

North-facing site with breathtaking views

Lot 8 is a very desirable north-facing site, positioned slightly forward of the surrounding neighbours. To the north of the building platform is a large greenfield area which is covenanted and will never be developed, protecting views and ensuring privacy.

The land is of flat contour and has breathtaking views out to Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range and across beautiful rural vistas. Extensive landscaping is already completed including mature trees, gardens, hedges, an apple tree orchard and a feature pond.

For further information regarding this land please follow the link to:
Stonebridge Land, Queenstown

Reserve bank cuts OCR to 3%

OCR drops to 3% with softening economic outlook

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler this morning cut the official cash rate from 3.25% to 3.0% and indicated further cuts are on the way.

Canterbury reconstruction “appears to have peaked, and the world price for New Zealand’s dairy exports has fallen sharply.”

“New Zealand’s economy is currently growing at an annual rate of around 2.5%, supported by low interest rates, construction activity, and high net immigration,” he says.

Auckland house prices are still rising at a rapid pace as demand remains high relative to the build rate for new dwellings.

New Hospitality Building in Christchurch CBD

Kerry Mason-designed hospitality building in CBD.   Source: Hospitality Business

Victoria Street in Christchurch is now the prime entertainment and hospitality strip in the city and has become a benchmark for the rebuild of the commercial landscape.
The development includes a single level architecturally pleasing 280 m2 standalone building, ideal for high quality hospitality and retail.

On a main route from the airport into the city, the complex is ideal for ambitious, forward thinking hospitality outlets looking to relocate into one of Christchurch’s rebuild hot-spots.

“The building offers outstanding street profile to the main access roads to the city” says Kerry Mason, of +MAP architects. “However, it has been deliberately set back to allow the gothic features of Knox Church to have prominence on the corner”

A 13 metre high sculpture for the courtyard has been commissioned from well-known artist Graham Bennett.

Luxury Restaurant Design by Jouin Manku

Hotel Plaza Athénée, located in Paris, France. Source: Contemporist

A new look  has been created for the bar and restaurant at the Plaza Athénée in Paris by the Jouin Manku design studio. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku worked in a way similar to the great fashion designers by surrounding themselves with the most talented craftspeople to make every detail of the bar and restaurant a part of the vision.

The only element retained from the restaurant’s former design is the ceiling chandelier which is now reflected in the polished stainless steel domes on the floor.
These domes are an elegant twist on the traditional domed plate cover  made by ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ – Matinox and Atelier Pierre-Yves Le Floc’h.

A striking timber alcove wraps itself around a single table and creates privacy. The outside of the alcove is in unfinished timber, made of strips of curved oak joined together in a shape similar to he hull of a fishing boat. Its inner surface of moulded plaster is finished with an imprint resembling the shape of a mushroom, taken from the restaurant’s old screens that were decorated with vegetables.



Sold – 142 Tucker Beach Road, Queenstown

Sold – Unique riverfront property with vineyard

Positioned and elevated above the banks of the Shotover River and facing north to Coronet Peak this is one of the finest riverfront locations in the Queenstown District.

Constructed with schist stone and natural timbers the quality of this building is unquestionable, well insulated the walls are 800mm thick to the exterior. Polished concrete floors finish the modern barn feel and create an impressive ‘grand room’ spanning two stories with exposed beams and timber joinery.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: 142 Tucker Beach Road, Queenstown

Record Flights Arrive at Queenstown Airport

Full stands at Queenstown Airport. Photo by Queenstown Airport Corporation.

Last Saturday brought 11 flights to Queenstown and a record number of 1585 international passengers for a single day.

The previous one day record, set last Monday, was 1540 passengers on 10 trans-tasman flights, and a departing record of 1366 people left on the return flights on Saturday.

July and August are the busiest months for international arrivals, as Australians descend on the resort for ski holidays. An average of 59 direct flights a week are scheduled to arrive from Australia’s east coast during the peak winter months, which is seven more landings a week than last year.

The biggest boost is from Jetstar’s three times a week service from the Gold Coast, which started last December.

Deadline Sale – Prime Waterfront With Jetty, Bay of Islands

Three level home with 4,505 sqm of landscaped waterfront land and private jetty

On clear instructions from the vendor this waterfront home with licensed jetty is to be sold by deadline private treaty.

Designed by Martyn Evans, the property enjoys sweeping views to the outer Bay of Islands in a spectacular location just minutes’ drive from Kerikeri.
In addition to stunning entertaining areas, there is a deep-water jetty with power and water accessed via reserve.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to:
112 Riverview Road, Kerikeri


New Zealand’s New Banknotes

New note with brighter colours and added security features

New Zealand’s bolder and brighter new banknotes will enter circulation from October 2015. Holographic features will help to ensure the notes easy to verify but harder to counterfeit. The transparent windows in the current banknotes will also be much larger in the new designs, featuring a greater level of both design and security.

The notes are at the forefront of technology according to Reserve Bank deputy-governor Geoff Bascand. Counterfeit rates are low in New Zealand compared with the rest of the world, but technology changes were making counterfeiting easier. The new notes would allow New Zealand to stay ahead of the game, he said.

The new banknotes will be released progressively, with the target date for the release of the $5 and $10 notes for October 2015. The new $20, $50 and $100 notes would be released in April 2016. Both current notes and the new notes will be circulated together as legal tender, and the Reserve Bank expected it would take 12-18 months for the majority of notes in circulation to be new.

Remarkables ski area opens to best conditions in 6 years

Skiers enjoy the new facilities at the Remarkables ski area

The new facilities at the Remarkables opened on Saturday with excellent ski conditions due to a 10 meter snow fall. The new ski area opened with 1.15 meters of snow on the trails and wall-to-wall skiing on and off piste.

Reaction to the new state of the art base building was overwhelmingly positive according to ski area manager Ross Lawrence. “The place is buzzing with a tremendous amount of energy created by happy skiers and snowboarders.”

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson said he was delighted to see the most substantial ski area investment made in the Southern Lakes area come to life.

“Overall the upgrade increases the capacity of The Remarkables by 40 per cent which is good news for not only the ski industry but for all the businesses in Queenstown and the Southern Lakes that directly benefit as a result.”

New Listing – 142 Tucker Beach Road, Queenstown

High quality home with one hectare land parcel

Positioned and elevated above the banks of the Shotover River and facing north to Coronet Peak this is one of the finest riverfront locations in the Queenstown District.The one hectare land parcel is improved with a small vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes flanking the entrance driveway which winds down to the house.

Perfect for entertaining whatever the season, this is a unique Queenstown property that has been finished to the highest level.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to:
142 Tucker Beach Road, Queenstown