Auckland developer seeks to turn $12.5million heritage farmhouse into luxury golf course
A developer has sought resource consent to turn the Muriwai Downs heritage farmhouse into a luxury golf course and lodge for New Zealand’s golfing elite.
A developer has sought resource consent to turn an Auckland farmhouse into a luxury golf course and lodge for foreign tourists and the golfing elite.
The application proposes to construct the new 19-hole golf course two miles northeast of Muriwai Beach Township and the existing Muriwai Golf Club.
According to the application, it has been designed to ensure that it will achieve “marquee status”. Only courses with stunning natural settings and designed by world-class architects are granted this status, according to Tourism NZ.
Things understands that the proposed course was designed by retired professional golfer Greg Turner, who placed 18th on the 1997 European Tour.
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The property will require the construction of a total of 13 bridges over watercourses, wetlands and gully areas to provide efficient access and protect ecological features.
The application stated that the course would be focused on meeting growing international and domestic demand for golf-related tourism in Auckland.
The development would include “several helipads” and it was expected that there would be between six and 10 helicopter movements per day.
The application suggested that noise levels would not exceed 85 decibels.
“This helicopter facility will allow guests and members to travel to the golf course from Auckland Airport or other golf resorts,” he said.
The development includes a sports academy which, according to demand, would provide state-of-the-art training and playing facilities for “New Zealand’s golf fraternity”.
He said a new driving range would be for “training activities” but not for “general entertainment”.
However, only a third of the overnight guests were expected to play golf.
In addition to the 19-hole course, the development would include a wellness center and a luxury lodge with around 26 units.
Muriwai Downs Farm sold to a New Zealand millionaire.
The land was purchased by The Bears Home Project Management Ltd for $12.5 million in 2020. The company is owned by North Shore businessmen Jialing Yin and Zhaoxi Lu.
It was a working farm with dairy cows, sheep and beef cattle as well as sandstone quarrying operations.
The farm has two waterfalls, conservation wetlands and the 4 ha Lake Okaihau.
Prior to being sold, it had been owned and operated since 1919 by five generations of the Houghton family.
The resource the consent request is open for submissions until July 12.