Clark Fortune McDonald is a locally owned company which has a continuous connection back to an Otago/Southland surveying practice established in 1898. With branches in Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch the company has been heavily involved in many of the largest development projects in the Queenstown Area, including Millbrook Country Club, The Commonage subdivision, Aspen Grove, Lake Hayes Estate, Quail Rise, Jacks Point, Kawarau Village and Shotover Country.

Current projects include:

  • Lake Hayes Estate
  • Millbrook West
  • Threepwood
  • Remarkables View
  • Jacks Point Golf Retreat
  • Jacks Point Village
  • Kawarau Village
  • Pukaki Airport
  • Shotover Country
  • Queenstown Trails Trust
  • Community Housing Trust

Clark Fortune McDonald has a highly qualified staff experienced in all facets of cadastral land surveying and land development and administration. We are conversant with legislation relating to land surveying, mining, resource management and general property issues.

Clark Fortune McDonald has a long experience of project and engineering surveying in the Otago, Southland and Lakes District, in particular relating to construction site surveys, investigation, setting out and monitoring, a number of which require innovative and new approaches to deal with both the topography of the district and the specialised types of land use associated with adventure tourism.



The practice has considerable experience in urban land development projects in the district creating new roading and services associated with urban and rural residential subdivision. The practice has experience in the provision of services associated with resource management planning, including the preparation of resource consents, plan changes and other matters relating to legislative actions pertaining to land.

The practice is also experienced in asset management surveys, particularly in the use of G.P.S. (Global Positioning Surveys) associated with ‘Asbuilt’ surveys G.I.S. systems. Clark Fortune McDonald is experienced in the collection and use of digital data for design and reporting purposes.

Clark Fortune McDonald has highly qualified staff experienced in all facets of the described areas of practice.

The practice has a history of early adoption of new technology and professional innovation. The practice was the first in the Central Otago District to introduce computer mapping techniques and was also the first in the Central Otago District to own and have a permanently available survey accurate G.P.S. system.

The practice has a sufficiently sized client base and staff resource to be able to sustain a high level of technology use and has for some considerable time used the Terraview Software for survey data index searches and Land Title Link Software for on line title and plan searches.

As such the practice is experienced with the use of G.I.S. and digital data searching techniques.