Pukaki Downs

Reset Urban Design were engaged by Pukaki Tourism Holdings LP to prepare a future development master plan for a 3800 hectare station located within the semi-arid intermontane Mackenzie Basin, on the western shores of Lake Pukaki. It is a wonderful site with over 2km of lake edge and an extensive backcountry which runs up to the Ben Ohau Range. Overall the vision for the development was ”restoring the health of the land, fitting an efficient and diverse farming operation and providing a great visitor experience”. The master plan identified key areas of development including a hotel and hot pools; clusters of residential dwellings; glamping sites; new ponds and planting; a lavender farm and small tourist commercial area; farm operation; and staff accommodation. A major challenge is the control and eradication of wilding pines and a replanting of productive and native forests.

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