Timsfield is a residential subdivision located at Lake Hawea in the South Island of New Zealand.

Sections are generous in size and dimensions, and offer the complete lifestyle in the Upper Clutha area for considerably less than other land available for sale in the area. The subdivision is fully serviced with town water, electricity, telecommunications and town sewage to all sites.

A handy location... close to a wonderful boating and swimming lake with fantastic fishing, lovely beaches, an abundance of rivers and walking tracks close by, and some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery too. Hawea is close in proximity to Wanaka, one of the South Island’s most thriving towns.

The best of both worlds... the affordability of Timsfield together with the quietness and seclusion of Lake Hawea, as well as the benefits of being close to Wanaka with its work and career opportunities, entertainment or other facilities that Wanaka offers, such as senior schooling and sporting options.

It is for these reasons that Timsfield has proven to be very popular. Affordable real estate so close to Wanaka is now extremely rare and Timsfield is one of the most affordable options close to Wanaka, offering a really exciting opportunity for first home buyers and young families wishing to establish themselves in the Upper Clutha area.

Timsfield - Lake Hawea

Timsfield - Lake HaweaHistory of Timsfield

Timsfield takes its name from Noema Capell also known as 'Tim'.

The Capell family were pioneers in the Lake Hawea area. Tim’s father Claude, was responsible for subdividing the first sections in Lake Hawea and had a major influence on the establishment of the township. The streets of Hawea reflect this, with names such as “Flora Dora Parade” - named after the house keeper at Lake House , “Noema Terrace” - named after Tim, Myra Street – named after Tim’s sister,  and of course there’s “Capell Ave”.

Tim and his wife Edna were married in 1940 and in 1950 took over the ‘Lake House’ hunting and fishing lodge established by Claude on the site of the existing Hawea Hotel. Business was tough in those days and Tim would often work as a rabbiter and station cook in the district, sending money back to Edna who stayed home to run the business. Tim also started a taxi and school bus service. When he lost a winter’s rabbiting income through an accident, the bills mounted up and times were tough. However some of the community rallied to help – their kindness never forgotten by Tim and Edna.


Timsfield - Lake HaweaAuction Notice from 1969

Originally the Capells farmed Timsfield and in 1953 part of Timsfield also became a Ministry of Works village whilst the Hawea Dam was being constructed. Timsfield housed families and workers and included everything from a community hall to many houses. Most of the houses were then transported to the McKenzie Country Dam projects after the Hawea Dam was complete but some remain today. The influx of workers to the area encouraged Tim and Edna to apply for a hotel license. On 1 July 1954 Hotel Capell was ready for business following the addition of a bar, lounge bar, and upgraded accommodation.

A third generation of Capell’s, Kevin and his sister Christine also lived on Timsfield. Kevin, who as a youngster watched the giant earthmoving machines construct the Dam, eventually established an earthmoving contracting business based at Timsfield. Christine was very active in the local community and also became fire chief for the local volunteer fire brigade.

Willowridge Developments Limited purchased the Timsfield Farm in 2004 from Kevin’s mother Edna. Edna explained to Willowridge Director Allan Dippie that “Timsfield should become a subdivision with a strong community feel to it and offer an affordable alternative to families in the Upper Clutha.” It should also contain a large sports field and recreation area and as future stages of Timsfield progress this will be established.

The Capell family connection with Timsfield continues with Edna Capell carrying on the tradition of naming the streets in the subdivision, and Kevin Capell is the Project Manager for Timsfield and is responsible for the construction of the subdivision.