Business South August 2022

28 | REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Resort Lifestyle project with the X-factor Richard Loader to page 30 When you merge the natural rugged beauty that Central Otago is famous for with backcountry residential sophistication, a working winery, fabulous food and a premium golf course, you know that you have established an irresistible point of difference. Framed by the spectacular Remarkables mountain range and the mighty Kawarau River, Gibbston Valley Resort is an ambitious and grand lifestyle development that strives to deliver uniqueness on a global level. Set within a 1000-acre station surrounding the Gibbston Valley Winery, the Gibbston Valley Resort zone encompasses 300 acres, with all residents and visitors at liberty to roam and explore the expansive country playground on their doorstep. The Gibbston Valley Winery and its highclass restaurants, along with the recently developed Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa also form part of the resort offering, with special privileges offered to residents. Progressively developed over the next eight years, the resort will include a range of free-hold sections and high-end homes, luxury visitor accommodation, a premium 9-hole golf course and a central community hub replete with conference centre, cafés and artisan shops. The Greg Turner designed 9-hole member or invited-member golf course and clubhouse will overlook the Kawarau River. The golf course will utilise the natural rock formations and is designed to work with and enhance the beautiful landscape. With extensive experience in resort development, Gibbston Valley Resort CEO Greg Hunt brings his indefatigable passion for transforming a bare block of land to a magical concept experience to the project. “I’m trying to create a village. Our intent is to create a community where friends and families gather to create memories and share experiences. “If we had just built a golf resort, I would be competing with other similar quality experiences in the region. I wanted to create a point of difference. “We want that golf course to be the place you can take your kids or grandkids and have fun playing nine holes. We’re all about wine and locally grown food, and we’re about those uniquely Central Otago experiences. We just happen to have a 9-hole golf course too.” A mix of residential and visitor accommodation, Gibbston Valley Resort will also be a gated community, something Greg makes no apology for. PLACEMAKERS QUEENSTOWN PROUDLY SUPPORTING GIBBSTON VALLEY WINERY PLACEMAKERS QUEENSTOWN 1 GLENDA DRIVE, QUEENSTOWN (03) 450 9000 “I’m trying to create a village. Our intent is to create a community where friends and families gather to create memories and share experiences.”