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Shotover Country Borefield and Treatment Plant

We're improving water infrastructure to meet the changing needs of communities in Shotover Country, Lakes Hayes Estate, Ladies Mile and Frankton Flats. 

About the project

This project will see the construction of a borefield and water treatment plant next to the existing bore in Shotover Country.

With the installation of four new bores, a water treatment plant, supporting infrastructure and landscaping, the project will build water treatment capacity and replace the existing infrastructure in Shotover Country. 

Fulton Hogan has been appointed as the main contractor for the project.

The project started in June 2021 and is expected to be complete by May 2022. 

What's the latest?

  • The construction area has been fenced off, and an accessway put in off Headley Drive, next to the equestrian entrance. Construction traffic is now using this entry to access the site.

  • The topsoil from the site has been stripped and stockpiled to one side. This topsoil will be respread around the site once construction is complete.

  • Piling for the new water treatment plant has been completed, and a section of the Queenstown Trail has been shifted approximately 10 metres so that it’s outside the construction area. This section is open to the public

What's next?

  • Pipework around the future building will be laid and the building’s ground beams installed. Fulton Hogan will start importing fill to bring up the levels on site.

  • From mid-August we will start drilling three new bores. A stormwater channel will also be constructed to flow into the river, as consented. This will allow the bores to be tested as they are being developed.

  • We’ll also start on the earthworks to the Walton Way right of way. At this stage we’ll only be working to the edge of the existing right of way, with the connection to be finished off early next year.

  • You can expect construction traffic to increase as fill and materials are brought on site. Traffic management measures are in place on Headley Drive.

  • Due to an increase in construction activities, we encourage dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead when walking close to the site.

  • Works are still on track to be completed by May 2022.

The benefits

This project will ensure that the Shotover Country, Lake Hayes Estate, Ladies Mile and Frankton Flats area will have a safe and sufficient supply of safe drinking water well into the future. 

Currently the supply for Shotover Country is insufficient and there are often water restrictions put in during summer. 

Significant thought has been put into landscaping to minimise the visual effects of the building, all while incorporating a diverse range of native species.


The site will be contained on the reserve and fenced from the public. The access to the site will be from Headley Drive and along the reserve parallel to the trail to the site. This will be clearly delineated from the trail to avoid any confusion and gates will be installed at the entrance near Headley drive to prevent public vehicle access onto the reserve. You can expect an increase in construction traffic through Shotover Country during the project.

During the drilling of the bores and the construction on the south side of the site, the Queenstown Trail will be relocated further south for the safety of the public. The temporary alignment will be constructed off line and the cut over will result in minimal disruption to the trail users. The original alignment will be reinstated at the end of the project.

There will be a robust environmental control plan ensuring that dust and sediment is controlled and ensure construction noise is within the permitted construction limits under the district plan.

Get in touch

If you have any questions please email us at letstalk@qldc.govt.nz

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