Subdivision all go: Kawarau Heights sits between Shotover Country and Lake Hayes Estate


The first 55 sections in the Kawarau Heights subdivision are expected to hit the market next March.

Sanderson Group company Queenstown Commercial’s been developing the site — 21 hectares of elevated land between Shotover Country, Lake Hayes Estate and the Kawarau River — for more than a year.

Despite Queenstown’s council granting consent for the 105-lot development only on Monday, the company was able to start work on most of the site last year because it was approved for housing under special housing area (SHA) law in 2017.

Queenstown Commercial development manager Brent Mitchell says work’s started on the internal roading, and the project’s on track for the first release of sections in March.

Coming soon: The subdivision’s main entrance on Jones Ave

A condition of the subdivision’s approval is that the remaining lots can’t get titles until after a roundabout at the Howards Drive-Ladies Mile intersection gets built, Mitchell says.

He understands work will start on that next year and be completed in time for the release of the remaining sections in March, 2023.

The site was originally slated for 88 retirement villas as part of the Queenstown Country Club, but when Sanderson Group sold the village to Arvida Group in 2019, it held on to the land.

In April, following an appeal by the company in the Environment Court, the land was rezoned from rural general to ‘lower density suburban residential’, with the urban growth boundary and outstanding natural landscape boundary line moved accordingly.

Independent commissioner Paula Costello decided last Friday the resource consent application for the subdivision could be considered for approval without public notification.

Section sizes will range from 290 square metres to 2170sqm.

A notable condition of the subdivision’s approval, volunteered by the developer, is a ban on residential flats and any further development of lots to ensure only one residential unit per section.