Kawarau Falls Station,
Kawarau Falls Station is a masterplan proposal for a lakefront resort village set on the picturesque shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.
Uniquely located on a 6.5 hectare north-facing hillside that rolls down to meet the lake, the Kawarau Falls site has been substantially formed by glacier movement, revealed in the composition of the natural schist rock outcrops which have been retained as a feature of the masterplan. Heritage buildings constructed by the early Queenstown and Lakes District settler William Rees, including his homestead, will be restored and incorporated as part of the historic fabric of the area, while some of the region’s oldest trees have also been preserved.
The proposed development is a mixed use resort and consists of hotels, apartments, private residences, worker housing and associated services including spas, gyms, restaurants and cafes. A curving network of open spaces and landscaping, inlaid with long low buildings, gives the village an informal, relaxed quality, settling it into the natural splendour of the lakefront landscape. The sloping profile of the site means that it offers a natural raised vantage point over views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges, including the Remarkables to the east.
Client: Melview Developments Ltd.