Controversial Waterfall Park hotel approved

Artist's impression of the Waterfall Park hotel.

The controversial Waterfall Park hotel and wellness centre near Arrowtown has been granted resource consent by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Waterfall Park is located between Arrowtown and Lake Hayes alongside Mill Creek, at the base of a waterfall.

The proposal included a four-star hotel with 380 rooms, two restaurants, facilities for large events, a wellness centre with day spa, a yoga studio and a swimming pool.

“We are excited to be granted resource consent for Waterfall Park and look forward to progressing with the next stages of design and planning for the project, including final discussions with potential hotel operators,” said Lauren Christie, general manager- Queenstown, Winton Partners.

“We are one step closer to delivering our vision for Waterfall Park, celebrating the unique natural environment that we are working hard to restore and revitalise."

The resource consent application did attract attention with 13 submissions, 12 of which were in opposition.
The developers, Winton Partners, have previously had three proposals at the site turned down by the council.