Darby Planning LP 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, Darby Plannings' principal, has been involved in property projects for over 20 years as both an investor and consultant. John is a registered landscape architect and Harvard University trained golf course architect and resort planner.

Darby Planning, based in Queenstown, has undertaken large-scale project work throughout New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. Locally in Queenstown, Darby Planning has been active in a number of celebrated projects as a development planner and investor.

Good planning and design will tread lightly, carefully integrating into the land, with no disturbance to its intrinsic values
— John Darby

John Darby is assisted by a specialist team of landscape architects, planners and project managers, all highly experienced in project delivery from development concept, site selection, land acquisition and consent approvals, through to construction.

John Darby and Darby Planning have played a major role in a number of high profile, large-scale tourism projects. Development value of these projects now exceeds NZ$2 billion dollars. They include award-winning and highly acclaimed projects such as:

  • Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
  • Steamer Wharf Village, Queenstown
  • Denarau Island Resort, Fiji
  • Omaha Beach, Auckland Region
  • Clearwater Resort, Christchurch
  • The Hills Golf Course, Arrowtown
  • Jack's Point, Queenstown
  • Te Arai, Northland/Auckland Region
  • Wyuna Station and Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy
  • Amisfield Winery, Arrowtown