Temporary parking available in Wanaka over the Christmas and New Year period

Dec 11, 2018

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has created temporary parking in Wanaka for over the Christmas and New Year period in a bid to reduce the number of vehicles parking along the lakefront, and provide a viable alternative for parking near Wanaka’s Town Centre.

In addition to the Mt Aspiring Road Car Park which is planned for completion before Christmas, approximately 148 car parking spaces can now be found at the Wanaka Showgrounds on the corner of McDougall and Brownston Street.

All spaces in the designated area at the Showgrounds are available free of charge from now through to 31 January 2019, and are available for all types of vehicles between the hours of 0800 and 2000.

QLDC Transport Strategy Manager, Tony Pickard said this temporary offering is part of a broader strategy relating to parking measures in Wanaka, with a number of proposed changes to parking in Wanaka subject to Council approval this Thursday.

“Alternate ways to travel need to be encouraged, such as walking, cycling and sharing,” said Mr Pickard.  “With the existing spaces we have around Wanaka, we will be looking to start encouraging more efficient use, including faster turnover of spaces.”

QLDC Councillor and Wanaka Community Board Chair Quentin Smith echoed these sentiments, pointing to a need for adjusted time restrictions around the Town Centre to encourage turnover and improve the likelihood of finding a park when needed.

“While demand for parking over this period is extremely high, temporary parking at the Wanaka Showgrounds coupled with the Mt Aspiring Car park will help to protect people-friendly spaces,” he said.

“We’re taking steps in the direction of more people-orientated spaces on the lakefront and we’ve got some temporary installations planned.  This includes a section of land opposite Pembroke Park featuring a capsule with seating, planting and information panels about stages of Wanaka’s Lakefront Development Plan, along with benches under shade from existing trees.”

The aim is for this part of the lakefront to become a space for people and pedestrians to enjoy over the Christmas and New Year period, something Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod was excited to see happening.

“If you build for people, you get people, and we’re keen to build a lakefront for people.”

“Obviously we need to be accommodating of vehicles too, but we’re keen to encourage visitors and locals alike to embrace this temporary parking so we can see what works and what needs to be done in future,” said Mr MacLeod

Mr Smith said encouragement for walking or biking into town was a must, but hoped those who didn’t leave cars at home would at least benefit from the proposed parking changes and parking options just a short walk from the Town Centre.



For more information please contact QLDC Communications via communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.