April 2020 Update from Vicci

May 30, 2020

Welcome back!

Doesn’t Level 2 feel like a huge breath of fresh air? It is so nice to be back working at the Village, reconnecting with everyone properly, and checking out the rapid progress of villa construction in the Stage Two site.

With our first Stage Two residents about to move in this month, we are ready to celebrate the end of lockdown and welcome new friends into the village.

Under Alert Level 2 we are pleased to welcome visitors to our show homes again by appointment, while also ensuring we follow physical distancing rules. Waving is the new hand shake.

I have three beautifully finished villas ready for you to view now, and two northern boundary beauties to be completed soon. I am especially excited about a Glenorchy style gem in Stage One that has 180-degree open views across The Hills to the north – ready in June for a warm and cosy winter.

If you have been thinking about a move, and want to know more about the village, please call me for a chat. We can provide an information pack, take a tour of show homes and discuss the Stage Two sites still available. I looking forward to hearing from you.


Vicci Lawrence
021 442 105






Reflections on the new normal for the Queenstown Lakes region

Sir Eion Edgar

Based in Queenstown, Sir Eion shares his time between chairing Forsyth Barr, business interests and company directorships, and his philanthropy work. Sir Eion has served on many organisations, including the Halberg Disability Foundation, President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and a Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He has made a massive contribution to the financial services industry, formerly serving as Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, and as a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Accident Compensation Commission.

Firstly, can I say that Jan and myself have not found isolating in Kelvin Heights too difficult. We are all very fortunate to live in such an attractive area. The event of Covid-19 and its consequences mean the future for our area will be different. I do not believe in my lifetime we will ever see the volume of visitors we experienced in 2019. While this may be worrying for some tourist operators, I believe in the future we will have more higher value visitors, spending longer in our paradise.

None of us will miss the quantum of camper vans that clutter our roads and beautiful spots. I would also expect that we will look to extend our walking and cycling trails; so this will attract more people, both from within New Zealand and abroad to experience our wonderful scenery at close quarters. Thus, many of our retirees will have the opportunity to explore new trails.

The other consequence of Covid-19 is that I believe more older people will seek the safety and security of our quality retirement villages. I expect we will all be purchasing more goods online as we have learnt to do this quite efficiently while in shut down. However, like many of you we cannot wait to have a dinner out and catch up with friends again.

Finally, I expect both the residential and commercial property markets to face some weakness, with lesser or no rents meaning owners will have to accept lower valuations. In Queenstown this is particularly relevant as many households relied on AirBnB income to supplement their cost of living. While commercial properties with restaurants and bars as their tenants may have to find new leasees.

However, we should all be positive as the sun will still shine in the morning and we still are privileged to live in one of the most attractive places in the world.



Resident Margaret Bunn and her daughter, Susan Cleaver, share their experience

Susan: Thinking of moving to a new home, especially in uncertain times, is a huge decision with a lot of elements to weigh up. Mum made this decision 2 years ago, and we are all incredibly happy she did. Down-sizing from a large house was something we all tackled together, and the village team made the move easy.

We thoroughly recommend the Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village for the lifestyle and close community it provides. Mum has a beautiful villa in a lovely location, and has made wonderful new friends. With the strict Lockdown criteria, the family was assured that Mum was in the best possible place.

Margaret: Living in the village has helped immensely during the crisis. The staff have provided us with practical information and support to stay safe in our bubbles, so we have been able to keep life as settled as possible. Having close-by friends around has made life a lot easier, we’ve all had a lot of fun creating new ways of living with social distancing in our village bubble.


We are never lonely here

Pioneer resident, Yvonne Key, shares her recent experience living in her new home at Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village during the “lock down” period.

“We are never lonely here. There is always someone to wave to or chat with over the fence.”

The world has changed so quickly in the last few months that sometimes it’s hard to believe the scale of the crisis. Having a home in the village has made the change so much easier to deal with.

We are never lonely here. There is always someone to wave to or chat with over the fence. When I take Tookie for a walk around the village, I’m sure to see someone and stop for a chat – though Tookie is missing the extra pats she normally gets!

My family haven’t had to worry about me, knowing that the staff are making sure everything is safe. Our village newsletters keep us up to date on official information which help us to make informed decisions. We have had our flu injections organised, groceries delivered, and hand sanitiser provided. It has also been a bonus to have our community vegetable garden where I can collect some fresh produce.

While I miss getting out to my dance and mah-jong groups, we haven’t been bored at home. Our Village Manager has been very clever organising some projects that are safe and fun. We have had a letterbox-top craft competition, created an Autumn Festival walking float for Facebook, developed an ANZAC Day memories booklet and had a dawn service. I also enjoyed entering the photography competition with all the autumn colours at this time of year.

I’ve certainly found lockdown here a lot easier than it would have been if I had stayed in Gisborne on my own. Arrowtown is a friendly and lovely place.



Autumn photographic competition

Residents ventured out and about to capture these stunning Autumn photographs around the district. It was very difficult for the judges to choose a winner. Congratulations Keith!

Winning entry, by Keith Bell

Photo: Oweena Frew

Photo: David Johns



Join us in 2020

Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village has a range of homes nearing completion over the next few months, in addition to some homes that are ready for immediate occupation. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a viewing.


21 Homeward Bound Drive

2 bedroom Gibbston Villa, affordably priced at $710,000*

This delightful Gibbston duplex villa in Stage Two proves that great things come in small packages. This two bedroom beauty offers two bathrooms, an open plan living/dining area, a single garage and a separate laundry, all smartly included in the 128 m² floorplan.


59 Homeward Bound Drive

2 bedroom Glenorchy Villa, superbly priced at $850,000*

Located in a beautiful Northern Boundary site, this Glenorchy style villa offers two bedrooms, a walk-in robe, two full bathrooms and a generous open plan living area. You and your guests will enjoy the stunning view and all this 138m² floor plan has to offer.


48 Homeward Bound Drive

3 bedroom Shotover Villa, priced at $999,000*

The Shotover Villa is a spacious, contemporary home that provides 175m² of floor area. This villa offers an open plan lounge/dining area, a glass fronted fireplace, three generous bedrooms, double garage, a walk-in robe, a private ensuite, guest bathroom and a guest toilet.


10 Homeward Bound Drive

3 bedroom Moonlight Villa with vaulted ceiling

A villa of generous proportions with spacious lounge and conservatory
with in-built gas fireplace, large kitchen with walk in pantry, master
bedroom wing with walk in robe and ensuite, plus a double garage. Room
for you and all of your guests in a 182 m² floorplan.




Roger and Molly Opening
Indoor heated swimming pool

Summer Open Hours

We are available for village tours and show home viewings Monday to Saturday between 11am and 3pm, or by appointment outside these hours.

Call Vicci on 021 442 105 to arrange a visit or call into the Lodge. We are also happy to mail out information packs upon request.

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Please note: All villas are for sale under an Occupational Rights Agreement (ORA), the most common form of title in retirement villages throughout New Zealand. Please seek independent advice from your preferred solicitor. Images may be indicative only. Plans may be subject to further design development and change. 

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