Lakeview Land Swap

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is proposing to exchange freehold land owned by the Council for an equivalent area of land held and administered as reserve land by the Council on the Lakeview site.  The land exchange will ensure that the parts of the reserve being used for recreation continue to be used in that way, and enable some of the Council's freehold land to be used for recreation and open space. In accordance with Department of Conservation guidelines for administering bodies, the Council intends to classify the reserve Lands as ‘recreation reserve’ under the Reserves Act 1977 as part of the exchange proposal.


Intention to classify land as Recreation Reserve

The reserve Lands on the Lakeview site were initially vested in Council in trust to hold for recreation purposes.  In 1953, the classification was changed by Council to a ‘reserve for a municipal camping ground’ under the Public Reserves, Domains and National Parks Act 1928.  The proposal is to classify approximately 3.5 hectares of reserve land as recreation reserve in accordance with section 16(1) of the Reserves Act 1977.

Intention to exchange freehold land for Reserve land

The proposal is to exchange approximately 1.8 hectares of reserve land for an equivalent area of adjacent Council-owned freehold land in accordance with section 15 of the Reserves Act 1977.

This process is governed by s.15 and 119 of the Reserves Act 1977, requiring approval by the Minister of Conservation. In order for the Minister of Conservation to authorise the exchange of land the Council must first publicly notify the intention to exchange and have received and considered written public input on the proposal.


The Council encourages any person or organisation to make submissions on the classification and/or land exchange proposal. 

Submissions close at 12pm on Friday 8 May 2015.

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