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A 'reasonably difficult' thorn in Thiel’s Wānaka site

Brent Melville
Wed, 25 May 2022

A 'reasonably difficult' thorn in Thiel’s Wānaka site
The proposed lodge will 'fuse with the landscape'. (Image: Kengo Kuma)
Brent Melville
Wed, 25 May 2022
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s plans for a luxury lodge on the southwest shores of Lake Wānaka could well hinge on what defines an outstanding natural landscape (ONL).And more importantly, what is visible to the public eye.Thiel’s Auckland firm, Second Star, lodged consenting applications for a proposed boutique lodge and residence on his 193-hectare site at Damper Bay, near Glendhu Bay, last September.The 10 room lodge will accommodate up to 24 guests and employ as many as 15 staff, who won’t live on site.Second Star’s...

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