Shotover Country is inspired by the legacy of the Lower Shotover township, a once thriving settlement with a closeknit community.
The original farm which is now Shotover Country was known as Islay Farm, and the nearby Shotover River and hence Lower Shotover, takes its name from the English residence of one Mr Gammie, a business partner of Queenstown’s founder, William Rees. Gammie hailed from Shotover Park in Oxford in England. Shotover Country is maintaining the historic links and opening yet another chapter in the area’s captivating history.
A focal point of the Lower Shotover township was the little school which opened in 1870 serving an extensive part of the Wakatipu until 1942. Pupils travelled to the school from farms near Arrowtown and properties beyond the Kawarau River, from Tucker Beach, Lake Johnson, Morvan Ferry Hill and Frankton.
In more recent times the school was used as a shearing shed and has now been converted to a permanent residence. The original schoolhouse, which was occasionally used as a classroom when the school reached capacity, also remains in the same area today.
Shotover Country's Hicks Cottage. The cottage was built in the 1870s by Thomas Hicks who purchased the section the cottage stands on in 1872. The building, is now derelict but its roof is still intact complete with original timber shingles, and it will be stabilised and protected as part of the Shotover Country development.
The Ferry Hotel was the centre of the town’s 'Lower Shotover' social and community activity and has been relocated and restored as B&B accommodation on its new site on Spence Road, close to the historic Lower Shotover bridge, also recently restored and re-opened to foot and cycle traffic.
Residents of Lower Shotover originally travelled by punt to cross the Shotover River and later a bridge was opened to provide access. The piles of the bridge are still visible close to the new Lower Shotover Bridge opened in 1975.
Stage 1 Oxford Neighbourhood opened for sale on 15 November 2012
Stage 2 Woodstock Neighbourhood opened for sale on 18 April 2013
Stage 3 Cotswold Neighbourhood opened for sale on 26 October 2013
Stage 4 Banbury Neighbourhood opened for sale on 27 November 2013
Stage 5 Myles Neighbourhood opened for sale on 8 March 2014
Stage 6 Risinghurst Neighbourhood opened for sale on 24 May 2014
Stage 7 Risinghurst Neighbourhood opened for sale on 2nd October 2014
Stage 8a Violet Neighbourhood opened for sale on 13th February 2015
Stage 9 Middle Terrace opened for sale on 9th December 2014
Stage 10a Peppercorn Neighbourhood opened for sale on 6th March 2015
Stage 10b Cheltenham Neighbourhood opened for sale on 30th April 2015
Stage 8b Tudor Neighbourhood opened for sale on 12th August 2015
Stage 8c Primrose Neighbourhood opened for sale on 12th August 2015
Stage 11 Sandford Neighbourhood opened for sale on 12th August 2015
Stage 12 Regent Neighbourhood opened for sale on 1st December 2015
Stage 13 Chadlington Neighbourhood opened for sale on 17th May 2016
Stage 14 Peterley Neighbourhood opened for sale on 28th June 2016