About Kawarau Heights

How many freehold sections are available?

There are 100 sections within Kawarau Heights. All land will be sold with freehold titles.

What sizes are these sections?

There is a range of section sizes available at Kawarau Heights. Available section sizes range from 400 sqm to 2,710 sqm.

When will title be issued?

The first titles are proposed to be issued in September 2022

Are there any covenants on the title?

Yes, covenants will be registered on the title of all land within Kawarau Heights. Covenants serve to protect the value of your Kawarau Heights property and enhance the privacy, peace and security of residents. They obligate owners to the high standards of quality expected in the design, construction and maintenance of their dwelling, its landscaping and within the wider community.

Each neighbourhood within Kawarau Heights may have different covenants. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the covenants and consent notices that apply to your preferred section and have your solicitor review and explain them to you.

Will there be any design guidelines?

Yes, design guidelines will be implemented to ensure that the vision for Kawarau Heights – to create a high-quality residential community – is achieved.

Design guidelines serve to protect the value of your Kawarau Heights property, creating neighbourhoods with cohesive architectural character, streetscapes that are in keeping with the rural and natural alpine environment and preserving views.

Are there any body corporates, owner’s association fees or annual levies?

No – all infrastructure will be vested to Queenstown Local District Council (QLDC) and respective utility service providers. Owners of land in Kawarau Heights will only be responsible for paying local (QLDC) & regional (Otago Regional Council) Rates. Rates will start accumulating on settlement of title.

What services are provided to the lot boundary?

All Kawarau Heights sections will have fully integrated services provided to the lot boundary. These include connections to QLDC reticulated services (water, wastewater, stormwater), electricity, fibre optic broadband cable, and natural reticulated gas.

How will Kawarau Heights be landscaped?

Boffa Miskell designed the urban landscape concept design for style and planting at Kawarau Heights. The landscaping will comprise a mix of planting characteristics of the surrounding rural and natural alpine environment with exotic trees of autumnal colour for visual interest and variety. Natural local schist will be featured in hard landscape details.

Securing Land in Kawarau Heights

How can I secure a section at Kawarau Heights?

To secure land in Kawarau Heights you must first Register Your Interest via the website form on the Kawarau Heights website. Your registration information is required to receive regular updates on the sales launch and the progressive release of all future stages. If you are not registered in the database you will not receive these updates and will not be able to secure land. There are only 100 sections in Kawarau Heights. We encourage you to register early.

How will I know when future stages become available?

Provided that you remain registered on the Kawarau Heights database you should receive regular updates on the release of all future stages via email notification. In certain circumstances, we may need to contact you by phone so please ensure that you provide a contact phone number when registering.

What are the deposit requirements for purchase?

A deposit equivalent to 10% of the sale price is required to secure your section. The deposit is payable to the vendor’s solicitor within three days of the Sales & Purchase Agreement being signed by both parties. Purchasers will have five (5) working days following the issue of Certificate of Title to settle the balance owing on the section.

Am I able to on-sell a bare section?

Please refer to the Kawarau Heights Land Covenants. You cannot enter into an agreement to on-sell an undeveloped section without the developers’ consent. A covenant on the title prohibits the on-sell of any section until a dwelling has been constructed. If you decide to on-sell prior to construction you are obligated to offer your section to the developer to on-sell on your behalf.

Building at Kawarau Heights

Are there rules for building at Kawarau Heights?

Yes, all homes built at Kawarau Heights must be approved by the Kawarau Heights Design Review Panel. This is separate to the building consent process. Queenstown District Lakes Council planning rules must also be adhered to. The Kawarau Heights design guidelines are underway and will be available soon.

What do the Design Guidelines cover?

The design guidelines cover building forms, heights, materials, colours and landscaping. Use of an architect is recommended but is not mandatory. All applications that follow the design guidelines will result in a seamless approval process.

Is Geo-technical information provided for the sections?

A general geo-technical report for the subdivision can be downloaded here. Geo-technical requirements will need to be satisfied for each site as part of the building consent process.

Can I choose my builder?

Yes, you can choose your own builder.

Do I have to build immediately once title has become available?

No, but you must commence construction within two years of settlement and be completed twelve months after the date of commencement. All landscaping must be completed within three months of a Code Compliance Certificate being issued for the dwelling.

Are there any fencing requirements?

Yes. Please refer to the land covenants and the design guidelines available here.

Can I build more than one dwelling on a section?

No. Land covenants and design guidelines have been implemented to ensure that Kawarau Heights is a premium residential community. Sections within Kawarau Heights cannot be subdivided or unit titled and rental units or flats (either separate or attached) are not permitted.

Can I install a wood burner?

Yes. You can install a wood burner provided it is compliant with the National Environmental Air Quality Standards and clean air rules applicable to Queenstown. Please note that while a separate resource consent should not be required for a compliant wood burner, a building consent is required before installing a wood burner.