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Gibbston Valley winery plans to build resort, boutique lodge, cottages to boost tourism

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Last updated 05:00, November 13 2016

The resort will include 150 units, 13 residential units, a day spa, and a small village.

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The resort will include 150 units, 13 residential units, a day spa, and a small village.

A Central Otago winery is resurrecting old plans to build a resort – complete with its own village, day spa, and 18-hole golf course – after its business was hit hard during the recession.

Gibbston Valley, on the outskirts of Queenstown, is investing tens of millions of dollars in a 150-unit resort that will sit on about 40 hectares of land next to the winery.

The resort is part of a major development, which also includes plans to build a second cellar door and restaurant, as well as a boutique lodge which will be surrounded by 32 cottages.

The Vintner's Village - where visitors can shop, eat, and mingle - will be the hub of the Gibbston Valley's resort.

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The Vintner's Village - where visitors can shop, eat, and mingle - will be the hub of the Gibbston Valley's resort.

When complete, it will be one of the biggest winery developments in the country.

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Gibbston Valley chief executive officer Greg Hunt said he was pleased they could finally break ground on plans that had been nine years in the making.

Central Otago winery Gibbston Valley chief executive Greg Hunt stands in front of the new administration building, which ...

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Central Otago winery Gibbston Valley chief executive Greg Hunt stands in front of the new administration building, which is near completion.

"We've been working on building up to this since 2007, so we haven't exactly rushed into it and we've waited until the market is ready to launch it.

"Five years ago, we had a plan in place, and five years ago, it was just like 'Can't we just do it now?', then it was like 'No, we can't. We're not quite there yet'.

"But now we can."

The lodge will have two fireplaces, a large living area and kitchen where cooking classes and wine tastings will be ...

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The lodge will have two fireplaces, a large living area and kitchen where cooking classes and wine tastings will be held, an outdoor space, and a movie room. Upstairs will be a day spa.

Gibbston Valley winery gets 140,000 visitors through its doors every year, so after re-stabilising and rebuilding the brand, the team decided they need to focus on tourism, Hunt said.

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"We are as much in the tourism business as we are in the wine business."

That began with a new winery and a new administration building, as well as a second cellar door and second restaurant.

Plans to revive old plans to build the lodge, cottages and resort quickly followed.

Hunt hoped to start construction on the lodge and 32 cottages in July next year. It should be complete by the summer of 2018-19, he said.

Each cottage will have its own courtyard, with a brazier and loungers.

Each cottage has a private courtyard, which overlooks the vineyard.

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Each cottage has a private courtyard, which overlooks the vineyard.

The two-storey lodge will have two fireplaces, a large living area and kitchen where cooking classes and wine tastings will be held, an outdoor space, and a movie room. Upstairs will be a day spa.

"What we want is that Central Otago experience," Hunt said.

The development will complement the 30-kilometre trail that has been built on the station property, which surrounds the winery.

Following that project, Gibbston Valley would start work on the resort.

It would include 150 units, 13 residential units, a spa, and a business village, which would be known as the Vintner's Village, he said.

"That will be where you go in and there will be restaurants and artisan activities and all of the things you'd expect to find in a resort."

There will also be an 18-hole golf course, designed by New Zealand golfing professional Greg Turner.

"The resort has to reflect its location. The buildings, the materials, the colours, will reflect Central Otago, we are not going to put something there that is out of place," Hunt said.

"It's not going to be a exclusive gated thing at all, in fact the village will all be open to the public."

Plans for the resort are still in the early stages, so it is unclear when construction will begin.

 - Stuff

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