Queenstown’s new High School expands development at Remarkables Park

18 March 2016

Queenstown’s new High School expands development at Remarkables Park .

Wakatipu HIgh School sod turning in March

An exciting milestone was reached this afternoon (Friday March 18) as the first sod was turned at the Remarkables Park site for Queenstown’s new High School.

The new school, being developed as part of an innovative Government Public Private Partnership (PPP), is located adjacent to Remarkables Park’s expanding Town Centre on the Eastern Arterial Road.


The new Wakatipu High School replaces the existing school in central Queenstown, with significant room for growth.


“We see expanding education as a hugely important addition to the wide range of civic services, retail and recreational facilities at Remarkables Park,” said Remarkables Park Ltd CEO Alastair Porter.


“We’re currently in discussions with more education providers to establish complementary educational institutes and student accommodation here, in addition to the existing SIT campus, student housing and childcare centre.”


“We’ve had a very positive experience working with the Ministry of Education to help bring Queenstown’s only high school to the geographic hub of Queenstown’s urban area. Remarkables Park is also exceptionally warm and sunny, and an ideal location for what promises to be an outstanding new high school.”


Mr Porter said the new school would be easily accessed by students, parents and teachers thanks to regular bus services, the future Eastern Arterial Road, walking and biking trails and a future jet ferry.


“We believe the school will also act as a major shopping anchor for the existing and expanding Remarkables Park Town Centre, the largest zoned retail area in the district.”


“Queenstown has much to be grateful to the Government for,” Mr Porter added. “The Ministry’s selection of the location, the stunning design and the fact they’re building a large school with room for expansion all demonstrate a major commitment to meeting Queenstown’s growing secondary school needs.”


“The High School’s new location is a further reason why the Eastern Arterial Road needs to open as soon as possible. Firstly to enable construction traffic to bypass the BP roundabout to reach the school site and ultimately to cater for the High School traffic once it opens in February 2018.”


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