Five-star hotel planned for Lake Tekapo

Last updated 11:17 18/08/2014

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A 300-bed, five-star hotel is being planned for Lake Tekapo.

Tekapo Lake Resort Ltd has bought some council-owned surplus land between State Highway 8 and Lakeside Drive, where it plans to build a five-star resort with at least 110 units.

Tekapo Lake Resort director Anthony Tosswill said the resort would be developed in two stages. It would will include about 300 beds, a conference centre, restaurant, gym, sauna, lap pool, shop, hire centre and other facilities.

The company has also bought land in Aorangi Drive to build 52 staff accommodation units.

Mackenzie District Mayor Claire Barlow said she had received feedback from the tourism industry that Tekapo needed more accommodation options. The number of visitors to the district was steadily increasing.

"This new development will help to meet that need," Barlow said.

"The council will work with Mr Tosswill and Tekapo Lake Resort throughout the coming months to approve the concept plans and ensure that the new buildings meet the requirements of the district plan.

"This is an exciting time for Tekapo with a lot of changes on the horizon. We have listened to the feedback provided by the community at the two public meetings held earlier this year and we are considering all of this as we move forward."

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