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Niche development for Queenstown

Niche development for Queenstown
The Wyndham Garden development in Queenstown is a hotel and residential apartment project by Safari Group due for completion in May 2018.

With its background in some of New Zealand’s most prized construction and development projects, Safari Group has now found itself a niche in the market with developments which combine fully managed and serviced hotel suites with residential apartment accommodation.

Safari Construction is now working on its second such venture in Queenstown, Wyndham Garden, and has already completed another one at Albany in Auckland.

Safari Group quantity surveyor David Kirkwood says this model all ows the company to fulfil accommodation shortfalls in both New Zealand’s tourism industry, and in regions affected by residential accommodation shortages.

“Queenstown is booming at the moment. There is a shortage of hotel rooms and residential properties, and property prices there are just as high or higher than Auckland,” he says.

“So we’re building Wyndham Garden Queenstown, with 55 residential apartments, 75 serviced hotel rooms, five prime retail and office units, a café, and a gym.”

He says the hotel part of Safari Construction’s development work is tried and tested, and there is certainly a market in Queenstown and in Auckland for residential apartments which are nice and new, lock up and leave type accommodation.

The Wyndham Garden development at Remarkables Park includes 55 residential apartments, 75 serviced hotel rooms, five prime retail and office units, a café, and a gym.


Wyndham Garden hotel suites and residential apartments are three and a half/four stars, and the apartments have been incredibly well received by buyers, and are now all sold.

“I don’t think anyone else is doing what we’re doing,” David says.

“We’ve found ourselves a niche in the market and it’s working out well.”

He says Safari Group has a couple more similar projects lined up for Auckland, and is looking for other sites around New Zealand, in particular Queenstown and Auckland, but also Wellington and Tauranga.

As quantity surveyor for the Wyndham Garden project, David says there are always challenges in doing the budget, but Safari Group is in an enviable position with its relationships with a few key

“We’ve found ourselves a niche in the market and it’s working out well.”

subcontractors who have worked on a number of Safari Group projects in the past. “We work closely with them to help manage the budgets,” he says.

“They know whereabouts we can make savings and keep costs in line.We’ve done a few of these now, and we’ve managed to streamline the process which helps us to keep on top of the budget.”

Safari Group is a small, privately owned, family business which works as both the developer and the construction team on any given project.

Founded in 1996 by registerd and licensed builders Robert Neil and Stephen Taylor, Safari Group welcomed the first family son, Damien Taylor, into the business in 2012.

Since 2003, Safari Group’s construction focus and expertise has been integrated into the development of the company’s own development projects.

Safari Group is a small team, yet has a professional team of project and development managers working closely with a financial controller who can adapt to changing times and achieve the best results.

“Our small but proficient team provides expertise in not only finding exciting projects, but in making sure they convert effectively from the initial conception stage right through development to completion, whereby providing acceptable returns to our clients,” David says.

Safari Group has a vast knowledge base in project, site, and people management across a diverse range of commercial, industrial, and residential projects.

Safari Group is dedicated to its clients, maintaining a hands on role and working closely with all the professional consultants and subcontractors, staying true to its motto of producing value through quality and efficiency.


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