Central Otago value: Protecting Our Rich Heritage
At Lake Roxburgh Lodge, Phil has transferred his engineering skills to building work, almost single-handedly transforming the Lodge’s 1950s-style interior into modern-day accommodation. Yet, it’s all been meticulously thought through, with an awareness of protecting and celebrating the past. In one example, dining room furniture has been fashioned out of beautiful recycled rimu remnants from the refurbished guest rooms.
“Living heritage is important to us, purely because if it wasn’t for the dam we wouldn’t be here. I think we’ve respected that throughout the changes that we’ve made to the building. For example, the dining table tops are studs and the tables’ back legs are made from the doors. So, the whole place is amazing, being all rimu.”
Doing Us Proud
Central Otago value: Adding Value
Kim and Phil are passionate about `keeping things moving forward’ – both in their own business and for the wider community.
In their early days, at Lake Roxburgh Lodge, Phil was a founding member of the Teviot Valley Walkways group and Roxburgh Valley Tourism, running 4WD tours, as well as hiring out bikes and kayaks.
He was also instrumental in constructing the Commissioner’s Track—one of the early walkways in the area.
The Winterbottoms put their heart and soul into making the Roxburgh area a destination in its own right.
“We did all of this before the cycle trails were even mooted. For me working on the Commissioner’s Track was great, because you get a history of the area. I’m proud of the dam even though I wasn’t here. I mean the history of it, the people who came out after the war, it must have been a great time to do it.”
Central Otago value: Making a Difference
Big ideas are born in small communities. When a village committee that included Phil uncovered the fact that the village had no official name and that `Hydro Village’ was merely a nickname, its members set to work. After a unanimous committee vote to officially call it Lake Roxburgh Village, the name was changed by the NZ Geographic Board.
“I think we’ve tried to contribute to the community. Yet our immediate goal has always been to adapt the business to the market and keep it moving. We wanted to create a place where guests would come and stay to enjoy themselves and feel at home. We love what this place gives us—the distinctive seasons, the climate and the pace of life.”