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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 completed in July 2022. 

What's the latest?

  • We have drilled two 48m deep production bores, with the third and final bore well underway.

  • We have also erected the precast panels of the new water treatment plant started to construct the building floor, which is expected to be completed by mid February.

What's next?

  • From mid-January to mid-March we will be installing new services from Hicks Road down to the new treatment plant and then connecting into the existing services at Old School Road. This will be completed in three stages. The first stage, from mid-January to early February, involves work in the grassed area of the reserve (see image below), this will not involve any trail closures. Stages 2 and 3, to be completed between early February and mid-March, will require a temporary closure of Hicks Road and of the cycle trail that goes between Hicks Road and Old School Road. There will be access for residents on Hicks Road during this time, as well as for emergency vehicles and rubbish collection. A detour will be in place on the cycle trail, along Headley Drive from Headington Hill to the equisterian club entrance

  • 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 to be completed in July 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.

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