The story behind Jack's Point Village.

Village. background.


Jack's Point is a 1200-hectare (3000 acre) settlement in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range, it is just 15 minutes from Queenstown, New Zealand.

Carefully master-planned, Jack's Point will feature over 1300 residential homes, a lakeside Village with accommodation, restaurants and shops, alongside its highly-acclaimed championship golf course, and over 25 kms of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

“At Jack’s Point the planning philosophy is to tread lightly, carefully integrating a new community and activities into the land, with no disturbance to its intrinsic values.”
— Master Planner, John Darby, Jack's Point

What sets Jack's Point apart is an absolute commitment to the landscape and the environment. Only five per cent of this vast area will be built on. A covenant means the rugged, dramatic and open nature of the grassland and mountain landscape that make up Jack's Point, will remain forever protected from development.

Seen from a distance, the first impression of Jack's Point is space, green and gold tussock grassland, massive areas of native vegetation and an undisturbed lakefront. The area includes an extensive restored wetland, native songbird habitat, and a working farm. Towards the Remarkables, several distinct, close-knit neighbourhoods overlook the central lake and Village area. Dotted within the Preserve are 36 expansive home-sites with commanding views to the north and west.

Jack's Point farm is managed by resident farmer James Patterson. It is part of the original Remarkables Station established by William Rees at the time of first European settlement of the South Island and has been farmed by the Jardine family for four generations. Sheep graze around the internationally renowned championship golf course. 

Real and sustainable

While close to Queenstown, Jack's Point is a distinctly different place with its own character, pulse and personality. It is growing sustainably from the ground up, and being built using the stones that underlie the valley. Natural resources are harnessed and used judiciously. Jack's Point has its own water supply and waste water systems.

Building community

Jack’s Point has become a sought-after destination for people looking for genuine experiences in a beautiful unspoilt place. Homeowners, guests and workers all contribute to the success of this community as decision-makers and vision-keepers. 

At the heart of Jack's Point is the Village, located in a naturally sheltered bowl with a protected microclimate. All the buildings, roads and features of the Village have been positioned to take maximum advantage of its sunny northern exposure.  A mountain tarn originally sat within this natural gathering place and has been replaced by the 10-acre Lake Tewa, fed by Lake Wakatipu. The layout of the Village and residential neighbourhoods is designed to work with the contours of the land, while providing each space with its own clear purpose.

Drawing inspiration from the land

The mountainous landscape surrounding Jack’s Point formed by hundred-million-year-old rockfaces, rolling hills, tussock grasses and clear waters of Lake Wakatipu provide the inspiration for the built environment.

An exceptional landscape like Jack's Point deserves exceptional architecture, and some of New Zealand’s best architects have designed bold, simple structures that reflect and blend with the natural surroundings.


Jack's Point was conceived and has been nurtured for over 20 years by the international master-planning practice, Darby Partners Limited.  Darby Partners has engaged world-leading architects, designers, and resort developers to ensure that Jack’s Point will become a real community embraced by all.

Darby Partners

Darby Partners Limited is a multi-disciplinary development planning, design and project management practice. The New Zealand-based firm has extensive national and international experience with prestigious property development and resort projects.

John Darby is Darby Partners' principal and has been involved in property projects for over 35 years as both an investor and consultant. John is a registered landscape architect and Harvard trained golf course architect and resort planner. He is the prime mover behind Jack's Point, and the Jack's Point Golf Course is the sixth he has designed. Others include neighbouring Millbrook, and The Hills in Queenstown.

John Darby and Darby Partners have been responsible for a number of celebrated and award-winning projects. These include: Denerau Island Resort in Fiji, Clearwater Resort near Christchurch, Wyuna Station near Glenorchy on Lake Wakatipu, the Steamer Wharf Village in Queenstown, Amisfield Winery, Millbrook Resort , and Te Arai, north of Auckland.