New Zealand ski resorts scramble to respond to housing crisis

As New Zealand ski resorts start producing snow for their opening days in the coming weeks, one problem they have faced for many years is finding accommodation for workers. Many ski resorts find additional housing for workers through hostels and families who have rooms available. Things reached out to various ski resorts around the country to see what they were doing to respond to the housing crisis. Here are their responses:

  • Mount Hutt: The ski resort contacted residents of the towns of Methven and Ashburton to provide rooms and housing for workers.
  • Cardrona and Treble Cone: They are parented with Wānaka Backpackers Bothy, a hostel, to recruit workers at affordable rates this winter. The Bothy Central hostel will house 120 workers and will cost between $180 and $220 a week to live there, which will include “electricity, central heating and internet.” The accommodations will be used by mountain staff in the winter and by seasonal workers at the resort and other local attractions in the summer.
  • Coronet Peak and The Remarkable: These resorts have struggled to find housing for workers due to the growing popularity of Airbnbs. They tried to house the workers in Cromwell in 2016, but the 60km drive to Queenstown wasn’t ideal for a commute. Stations have since reached out to Locals find beds for the workers, which helped reduce their worries about the housing shortage. They also own housing for workers and work with the Workforce Accommodation Network (WAN) and local real estate agents to find other housing options.

Picture credits: The Remarkables, Mount Hutt, Cardrona Alpine Resort

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