Billionaire’s lodge a ‘perfect storm’


PHOTO: SUPPLIED – The lodge will be the personal domain of Hong Kong billionaire Ka Kit “Peter” Lee.

A massive lodge could be built on what is now Crown land, just 40 metres from the shore of pristine Lake Pukaki.

In March last year, the Overseas Investment Office gave Blue Lake Investment (NZ) Ltd approval to spend $16.5 million buying the 3550-hectare Guide Hill Station, which is on the eastern shores of the lake, near Tekapo.

The company has now lodged a resource consent application to build an 805 square metre lodge, with an indoor swimming pool containing 152,000 litres of water, and a separate two-winged gatehouse building that would cover 294 square metres.