Council offices, libraries and recreation facilities will close on Monday 26 September as part of the government's recent announcement to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday. If you need to report an urgent issue, visit our Contact Us / Fix It page.


Ko kā kōwhirika pōti

This year is a local election year. Check out our one-page summary about the elections.

That means you will be able to vote for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Mayor, Councillors and Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board Members.

This year's election will be held on Saturday 8 October with voting closing at noon. The last election was held on 12 October 2019.  

Here you’ll find all the information you need to take part in the election, whether it’s as a voter or a candidate.

Daily returns Candidate events Voting poster competition

Daily returns

Voting return statistics for Queenstown Lakes District.

Prior year returns can be found via the website.

Last updated: 22 September at 8.00am.



Daily Return %

Cumulative Return

Cumulative Return %

19 September





20 September





21 September





  • 19 September

    20 September

    21 September

  • 0



  • 0.00%



  • 0



  • 0.00%



Candidate events

A list of candidate events can be found below. We’ll update this list as we become aware of other events.




Monday 29 August, 6.30pm

Arrowtown Hall

Arrowtown Promotion and Arrowtown Village Association. Mayoral candidates only.

Thursday 8 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Lake Wānaka Centre

Ignite Wānaka. Mayoral candidates, Wānaka-Upper Clutha Councillor candidates and Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board candidates.

Friday 9 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

Malaghan House, Memorial Street (Queenstown)

Wakatipu Senior Citizens (including Age Concern, Enliven, McBride Street Cottages and Alzheimers Otago). Mayoral candidates only.

Tuesday 13 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Wakatipu High School Auditorium

Catalyst Trust. Mayoral candidates only.

Wednesday 14 September, 6.00pm

Queenstown Events Centre

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce. Mayoral and Councillor candidates. Booking required.

Wednesday 21 September, 7.00pm

Kelvin Heights Golf Club

Kelvin Peninsula Community Association. Mayoral and Queenstown-Whakatipu candidates.

Wednesday 21 September, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown

Arrowtown Village Assoication. Arrowtown-Kawarau candidates only.

Thursday 22 September, 7.30pm

Glenorchy Hall

Glenorchy Community Association. Mayoral and Queenstown-Whakatipu candidates.

Sunday 25 September, 3.00pm-5.00pm

The Albie Tavern Function Room, Albert Town

Resident Association Candidate Meeting. Mayoral, Wānaka-Upper Clutha Ward and Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board candidates.

Voting Poster Competition

We ran a competition for young people to design a poster that encourages voting in this year’s local election.

The winning design will be displayed on the back of a public bus* published in our magazine Scuttlebutt, shared with local and national media, and on our website and social media channels.

Open to 15–20-year-olds.

Entries closed at midnight on Sunday 21 August. Entries need to be PDF or JPEG and sent to with the subject line: Voting poster competition.

For full competition terms & conditions visit:

* Subject to artwork being high enough quality and meeting the printer’s technical specifications. We will do our best effort to recreate the artwork for publication.

  • Pursuant to section 39(1)(a) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, notice is hereby given of the qualifications and procedures for enrolment or nomination as a ratepayer elector in the Queenstown Lakes District. 

    A person may be a ratepayer elector for a local government area (e.g. district or regional council) if they are listed on the district valuation roll as a ratepayer of a rating unit within that area but the address for which they are registered as a parliamentary elector (i.e. central government / parliamentary elections) is outside that area. For example, they may own a holiday home in the Queenstown Lakes District but reside and are registered to vote for parliamentary elections in Dunedin.

    Any organisation, body, society, or association (whether corporate or un-incorporate), or any joint owners, that are ratepayers in respect of a rating unit within the Queenstown Lakes District may nominate as a ratepayer elector any member or officer of the organisation, body, society, or association, or one of the joint owners, as long as the person nominated is registered as a parliamentary elector for an address that is outside the local government area in which the rating unit is situated. 

    Eligibility to enrol or be nominated as a ratepayer elector depends on criteria in section 24 of the Local Electoral Act and clauses 15-20 of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001. In addition, only one enrolment or nomination may be made for any local government area, even if more than one rating unit is owned in that area.

    Note that no person may be enrolled or nominated more than once for any local government area and existing ratepayer electors have already received an enrolment confirmation form.

    If you believe you may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector in the Queenstown Lakes District, please use the enrolment form below.


Stay up-to-date

Sign up to our newsletter Scuttlebutt and stay up-to-date with the latest news, events & information in the Queenstown Lakes District.