The Best of Alpine Living
After such a delightful summer and autumn, who can begrudge the mountains their snow?
With an unseasonably early and definitive snowfall in the last month, the Wakatipu is now picture perfect and we are again planning for fun winter activities at the village and beyond.
We have really enjoyed welcoming new residents from all over the country to the village. Recently moved in here from Whangaparāoa, Wendy tells us she is loving her first Central Otago winter. “The sky is so bright blue! I just love the drier conditions and crisp atmosphere. Everywhere you look there are amazing landscapes and the snowy mountains are stunning.”
We hope you enjoy our latest e-newsletter, which includes an update on our construction projects, a sponsorship announcement and some timely winter reading recommendations:
- Progress with the new Lodge
- Stage 4 and apartment planning
- Remarkable Theatre’s performance of Gone to Seed
- Fundraising efforts
- Winter events and Book Club recommendations
- Winter open hours
Vicci, Robyn, Aimi, Lara, Tracey and Colin
The New Residents' Lodge is Underway
It’s not often you celebrate 37 truck loads of concrete and snow at the same time, but the true start of winter this year coincided with the foundation pour of our new Lodge.
A group of residents marked the occasion with a visit to the site and a stomp around to test it out. We understand it passed inspection! 240 cubic metres of concrete certainly goes a long way.
At over 1400sqm, our new Lodge will sit at the heart of the village and provide outstanding social and recreational facilities to our residents. With a swimming pool, gym, craft and salon rooms, cinema and extensive indoor and outdoor lounge areas, there is something for everyone, summer and winter.
Call Vicci on 021 442 105 if you would like to receive a brochure.
What's Next? - Stage 4 & Apartments
Given the overwhelming interest we have received in Stage 3, we have brought forward planning for the final stage of villa development and our apartment design.
Located on our sheltered Western boundary, Stage 4 is connected to the rest of the village by Lady Fayre Drive. Stage 4 will offer new villa styles options and an opportunity for larger, 250sqm+, 3 bedroom ‘Summit’ style homes.
We are also excited to be working on plans for our apartment units. Ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms, the apartments will be located close to the new Lodge, providing easy access to the resort style facilities.
Should you wish to add your name to our Expression of Interest list for either of these two stages, please contact Vicci via email or on 021 442 105.
*All villas are sold under Occupation Right Agreement.
Gone to Seed
Last year we partnered with the Remarkable Theatre to bring GONE TO SEED to Arrowtown. Unfortunately the pandemic had other ideas and the performances were delayed until 2022. The wonderful news is that plans are back on track and we are (once again) delighted to announce that GONE TO SEED will be showing 8-17 September, at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall.
A true-blue Kiwi story of friendship, loss, community and growth, Tim Hambleton’s award-winning play Gone to Seed promises to be a wonderful night out. The familiar and hilarious characters discover being a member of an ageing gardening club is more risqué than it sounds. The audience will get a kick out of seeing how the club members interact and fundraise in this ‘not your average garden variety comedy’.
‘Fresh-picked green-fingered comedy cultivates the cackles.’
‘This twilight years exposé puts on a showing that blooms brightly out of its planter box.’
Tickets are going on sale from 18 July on EventFinda.
Over $3,000 Donated to Charity!
We were so thrilled to recently make donations to the wonderful team at the Southland Charity Hospital and Breast Cancer Foundation.
A huge thank you to residents and the local community for their support at our Village Garden Party and a bake sale at the 2021 Lake Hayes Show where we raised $3,174. Residents also held a pink ribbon breakfast to support this very worthy cause.
Plans are already underway for a Blue September event to support prostate cancer.
Winter Events & Recommendations
WHAT’S ON IN THE VILLAGE
Along with our usual schedule of happy hours, and club meet ups, our residents’ association hosts a regular Sunday Roast to brighten up the winter days in place of the summer BBQ’s. Upcoming events include:
- Winter Warmer event – Three piece band ‘Treble Trouble’ will be playing their program of classic songs with a ‘folk, rock twist’ at the Lodge this July.
- Fashion Parade – Soeur Designs will be showcasing their winter collection at the Lodge in a fun event – look out for some familiar models!
- World of Wearable Art – We have been lucky enough to engage the services of boutique tour operator Red Hot Travel to organize a group trip to World of Wearable Art this year. Fancy hotel, fancy food and flights of fancy at the show – this will be a memorable weekend away.
RESIDENTS’ BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATIONS
- The Nightingaleby Kirstin Hannah – Liz highly recommends this book set in France during WWII. Following two sisters and their separate experiences of the war, both of whom are pushed to extreme limits of courage and resilience.
- Dust to Gold by John Perriam – Three Book Club members recently went on a 4WD trip to Bendigo Station in Central Otago, hosted by owner John Perriam, and returned with a copy of this excellent read. During the building of the Clyde Dam, the Perriam’s were forced to leave their farm in the valley and set up on a barren, rabbit ridden high country run. This history recounts how they turned the land into a successful merino farm and vineyard. Book Club members also highly recommend the Bendigo Station Pinot Noir!
- Ribbons of Grace by Maxine Alterio – Merrin recommended this inspiring story of a young Chinese girl who disguises herself as a man to work on the Otago Goldfields. The book comes alive when you can walk the same streets and tracks as the miners did, though the Arrowtown of today is a far more inviting place – especially the New Orleans pub!
- Before You Knew My Name – by Jacqueline Bublitz – Two women, unknown to each other, flee from desperate lives to New York. When one woman is first on the scene of the others murder, she embarks on a journey to solver her murder. Kathryn also recommends Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner which has a similar theme of complete strangers moved to solve crimes against others.
- The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd – John was impressed by the way this historical fiction set in Roman occupied Judea retells the story of Jesus of Nazareth from the point of view of his wife Ana. A tale of a unlikely life given the time period, the story is one we would never have heard about events that we know so well.
- Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles – A quirky tale about young, hapless chaps journeying across America, Merrin recommends this book for its charm, characters, and clever understated writing.
Winter Open Hours
We are available for village tours and show home viewings Monday to Friday between 11am to 3pm, or by appointment outside these hours.
We are also open the following Sundays over winter:
- 17th July
- 7th August
Call Vicci on 021 442 105 to arrange a visit or call into the Lodge. We are also happy to mail out information packs on request.
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.