Layering A Vision
Central Otago value: Adding Value
Layer upon layer, Andy and David’s vision and hard work have revitalised Olivers’ intrinsic value and beauty to offer customers a deeper, more meaningful experience. Olivers’ exudes modern quality and excellence in service and surroundings, yet stories of old are not forgotten - they are subtly and creatively blended in interior design ideas and conversation. Cue a new, invigorating chapter in the Olivers’ story.
“It’s trying to use the beautiful heritage buildings so they’ll be enjoyed. Hopefully we’re bringing out some of the depth, culture and heritage aspects in showcasing the buildings. Central Otago has so much potential, it’s just recognising special things and putting them out there. Anything we did had to highlight the many different aspects of the value that is here.”
A Permanent Treasure
Central Otago value: Making a sustainable difference
Inspired to create an enduring legacy, Andy and David have faithfully restored Olivers’ striking schist buildings, courtyards and gardens. Dwelling in perfect harmony with their surroundings, the buildings are some of Otago’s most significant. Originally built in 1869, they are classified as category one by Heritage New Zealand. To preserve the buildings collectively, the Ritchies have placed a caveat on the title so that they are never sold separately.
“We were both relatively hands on through the development process, building something that would last. This meant that the buildings probably would be looked after and have a life. So there’s sustainability in that they now have a purpose, they’ll be protected because people spend money on them and keep them going.”
Sharing the Stories
Central Otago value: Protecting our Rich Heritage
Keeping the past alive is a theme that’s integral to Oliver’s bustling daily life. In conversations with guests and locals, Andy and David take time to celebrate and reflect on the events of today and what’s gone before – be it the heady gold rush days, the Clyde Dam construction or local traditions. After all, today’s yarns are tomorrow’s history.
“Whether it’s `Which way are you going today?’ “Oh, you’re going over the Pig Route, oh well you must do...’ or `Did you know that was where rabbits were first introduced to Central Otago?” Or locals who remember things that happened, like falling down the restaurant stairs, whatever it is, good or bad. We’ve heard some fascinating stories - we love sharing our local stories.”