Luxury Northland resort could be 'the next Port Douglas'

A luxury development in the Far North funded by Chinese money could be the new Port Douglas.

The Carrington Resort is set to be supersized into a luxury re-development targeting Chinese spenders. Source: 1 NEWS

A Chinese company paid nearly $29 million for Carrington Resorts winery, golf course and units on Karikari Peninsula last year. But it's about to be supersized into a luxury re-development targeting high-end Chinese spenders.

"This is going to be the biggest tourist centre in New Zealand by twice," says Far North Mayor John Carter.

At the moment the resort only has 51 rooms here but the new owners want to spend $360 million building 751 rooms. They aim to make Carrington the biggest five star resort in the country.

A shopping and entertainment centre's also planned at the resort making it a "one stop" holiday destination.

The Shanghai-based owner is negotiating with Maori over jobs and cultural concerns.

"This is part of the package, it's really an exciting time," says Mr Carter.

But some are seeing red over the scale of the development, already labelled "chinatown" by a few jittery locals

"We're still in negotiations with Carrington Jade on how this is all going to end up," says Hapu spokesperson Hori Lawrence.

Despite some opposition, it's expected to bring jobs and dollars into an area that desperately needs it.

"If it really works out it could become the Port Douglas of New Zealand," says economist Oliver Hartwich.