“The Gate” complex officially opens

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Same place, brand-new attraction.

The doors have opened at Cromwell’s newest attraction – “The Gate” – which features a cafe, information centre and restaurant-bar.

Formerly The Golden Gate Lodge, The Gate, situated alongside State Highway 8B, officially opened on Friday, five months after the lodge closed for the redevelopment.

The transformation had been huge, and there had been “fantastic feedback” from people during the opening weekend, general manager Glen Christiansen said.

Featuring the Forage Information Centre and Cafe and Five Stags Bar and Restaurant, the complex, designed to appeal to residents and visitors alike, complements the rebranded three-star Harvest Hotel, which has 47 hotel-style suites.

The hotel also has a purpose-built conference centre and wedding venue and a 24-hour concierge.

Mr Christiansen said The Gate was now a family-friendly destination with a new menu and beer selection, Wi-Fi and phone-charging stations. The ever-popular Black Panther Pizza remained part of the overall product.

Once landscaping and planting was complete, an area outside the main entrance known as “The Green” would be where people could relax, including on bean bags. There would also be a children’s play zone.

The 40-strong team at The Gate looked forward to welcoming residents and visitors alike, Mr Christiansen said.

He was “over the moon” about the work carried out by contractors, which were mostly local businesses.

Cook Brothers Construction, headed by Johnny Mayen, had led the refit, while Jessie Sutherland, of Arrowtown-based Origin Consultants, had led the architectural team.

stopping-off point for people travelling to Queenstown or Wanaka.

“We want them to turn left into Cromwell, so it is part of the journey,” Mr Christiansen said.