A whole lot of Kiwi ingenuity has helped get the doors open for the arrival of Queenstown’s latest tourism operator, OTS Rental Cars.

The New Zealand flagship headquarters for Japanese company OTS Global, a subsidiary of Okinawa Tourist Services, was officially opened today by Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod.

OTS Rental Cars offers high-end self-drive hybrid rental cars and has a strong focus on sustainable tourism, technology, and safety. The opening commemorates the 60th anniversary for the third-generation family business – with offices across Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong – with this anniversary pegged as the date for expansion into New Zealand.

In keeping with the premium services offered by OTS Car Rentals, their headquarters features a pre-hire driver education programme including driving simulators, a driver rest room, Japanese Toto washlets and a full café. The building itself is also a testament to superior business practice – with construction completed in 15 weeks. The 1,200 square metre, two-storey headquarters is a solid example of how our swing-leg roof lift building construction method delivers a greater return on investment.

Tuatara Structures’ managing director Jordan Frizzell says the utilisation of this building methodology, unique to Tuatara, is employed in all builds and has many advantages for our clients.

“Our building system is another bit of Kiwi ingenuity that enables us to work to tight construction times which, among other advantages, provides strong economic benefits.” With the entire roof and associated services constructed at ground level, the building is then lifted by crane, allowing the pre-fixed structural legs to swing into position and be connected to their engineered foundations.

“This makes for a very efficient and safe work environment, with little work happening at height.” Considerable savings on safety compliance costs are another advantage, but the system also contributes to a faster build, as work is not impeded by adverse weather conditions. “Working on the ground gives you greater control and wind factors are not a consideration.”

The building itself nestles nicely into its environment with the natural stone, western red cedar and reflective glass sympathetic to its Queenstown mountain range backdrop.

Japanese fly in for building’s opening

The opening ceremony included a traditional Maori welcome performed by children from Remarkables Primary School.

Queenstown Lakes Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod formally opened the building, and a number of local and international dignitaries attended the event. These included members of the Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives led by President Yoshiaki Tamaki. Atsushi Suto, from the Japanese Embassy in New Zealand and the building’s owner Tony Higashi, Executive Chairman of OTS and Board Member of the National Japanese Tourist Board were also there.

The opening of OTS Rental Cars has created four full-time positions, with more anticipated as the business grows.