Conceptual design process is now underway for Wanaka’s lakes

Pictured: The lakefront Concept Plan extends from Bullock Creek to the marina. Photo: Natalie Finch.

Queenstown Lake District Council has recently announced that the feedback gathered regarding the Concept Plan for Stage Three: Lakeside of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is now informing the concept design. 

Members of the Wanaka community supplied feedback on the Concept Plan for Stage Three both online and via attending the three public drop-in sessions hosted by QLDC staff, with 86.3 percent of responses expressing support.

Features of the plan include a 300m-long native revegetation of the lake edge to restore and develop ecology; a three metre-wide shared path along Lakeside Road; a two metre-wide boardwalk along the lake edge and a connection to existing pathway network to provide continuous access to the lakeside, plus the restoration of vegetation along the steep bank and informal recreation areas to improve land use. 

The Concept Plan also welcomes a range of facilities including seating and picnic tables, ecology lookouts and interpretive signage to inform people about history, culture, ecology and more. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council general manager of community services, Thunes Cloete said,: “Staff have received invaluable feedback throughout the process, culminating in 73 largely supportive responses to the Concept Plan and a further 350 downloads of the plan itself”.

QLDC has highlighted that all features proposed by the Concept Plan have received high levels of support in submissions.

Cloete said, “While this part of Wanaka’s lakefront hasn’t moved people to participate to the same levels of the Town Centre Masterplan, the Stage Three: Lakeside area from where Bullock Creek meets Lake Wanaka through to the Wanaka Marina is becoming increasingly popular.” 

From analysing the feedback it has received, QLDC has highlighted that there has been particular interest in the options to develop and restore ecology in the area as well as the provision of continuous access by way of a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists and a boardwalk. 

Cloete said, “It’s also interesting to note that of the few concerns raised to QLDC staff regarding the Lakeside Plan, a number of them were in response to the Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan and the concerned proposed parking changes and road closures”.

In the coming weeks, survey data and responses will be analysed before being used to help inform a Detailed Design of the Lakeside area. 

A summary of this survey data and all individual pieces of feedback can be read online at


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