Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) today (Thursday 2 March) confirmed it has acquired Windermere Farm, a 43-hectare block of land located adjacent to Wānaka Airport.
Next to the Wānaka Transport and Toy Museum and fronting State Highway 6, the land adjoins the runway to the north east of Wānaka Airport.
QAC Chairman John Gilks said the acquisition “provides the platform for future growth and development of Wānaka Airport for the long-term”.
“Similar to QAC’s purchase of 106 hectares of land adjacent to the airport in December last year, Windermere Farm became available on the open market. We could not afford to take the risk that the land could be secured by private developers thereby preventing or restricting the long term development of Wānaka Airport,” added Mr Gilks
“We’re aware that no decision regarding the long-term governance of Wānaka Airport has been made by Council and this acquisition is unrelated to that ongoing process.”
“Regardless of the outcome of Council’s governance process, this is a milestone acquisition for Wānaka Airport and provides an opportunity for the future growth of the airport, local communities and region.
Both recent land purchases ensure Wānaka Airport has sufficient land for long-term development.”
“We remain hopeful that QAC will be involved in the future of Wānaka Airport and would welcome the opportunity to engage with the local communities in shaping the airport’s future,” said Mr Gilks.
Windermere Farm is an integral part of Wānaka Airport’s history and was originally purchased in 1969 by Dorothy and the late Norman Pittaway as part of a 1,800-acre farm holding. The original land included a registered grass air strip where Wānaka Airport was later developed.
Picture: Image indication Windermere Farm and other recent land acquisitions (boundary indicative only)