Margaritelli Aesthetic Safety Barrier graces Mt Cardrona Station

Chris Morton and Andrew Spencer’s long-held vision to establish a sophisticated, high-country village is being realised in Mt Cardrona Station, next to the Cardrona Ski field in the South Island. Having owned the 400 hectares of land for 15 years, Chris and Andrew’s dream of building an alpine resort-style village over the next 10 years (which will eventually include a 400-home estate, restaurant, hot pools, gym and 30kms of hiking and biking tracks) is now finally coming to fruition.

Their dream is to create an alpine village and community in one of the most pristine and picturesque locations in the country. After many years of working with Council, designers, consultants and planners everything is in place and construction is underway.

The high country setting certainly makes it unique, but what truly sets it apart from any other development in the country is the sheer scale of open spaces married with the quality of our overarching urban designs, architectural designs, our builders and landscapers and our facilities,” he says. “We’ve spent a lot of time getting this just right, and we’re justifiably proud to bring this to market and have such an outstanding response from the outset.”

One of the first priorities for the development was to upgrade a 100-year-old wool shed at the entrance to the station. “It’s a lovely old building which is being used as a sales office and boardroom for the development,” says Tom Morton, Development Manager for the Station. “It is in keeping with the local landscape and history of the valley and is a perfect fit for what we are trying to achieve.” Initial works also included the cutting of a new sweeping main access road that elegantly curves up towards the mountain, and which features the first installation in New Zealand of CSP’s Margaritelli Aesthetic Safety Barrier System.

“The masterplan was always to create a magical alpine retreat that respects the aesthetics of the environment,” says Tom. “Cardrona Station is so much more than a subdivision and first impressions count. That is why we chose CSP’s Margaritelli Aesthetic Safety Barrier System for the entrance to the Station. It’s a lovely timber barrier and because it’s an alpine location where roads will be icy in the winter, not only does this safety barrier create the aesthetic and first impression we want, but it will also keep motorists safe and prevent them from running off the road and being injured.”

An artists impression of what the village will look like
“Being the first installation of this product, we weren’t sure how things would go but the ground conditions were good, and we were able to use a pole driving machine to get the posts in,” says Kris from Ymak Civil Contracting – the company that installed the safety barrier. “It all went really well and it looks great. It really is a quality system and perfect for that location.”

Tom says that four neighbourhoods offering house and land and land-only packages have been released for now with a positive response from the market and that building platforms are being formed for the first stages.

Civil Contractor:

Base Contracting Ltd

Barrier installer:

YMAK Civil Ltd


Cardrona Valley, Central Otago