Queenstown Town Centre Street Upgrades

We're getting ready to transform the Queenstown town centre streets into high quality public spaces that are safe and accessible for everyone.

About the project

Street upgrades are planned for  Brecon Street, Rees Street, Beach Street, Park Street and Hotops Rise.     

Delivered by QLDC and supported by funding from the Crown Infrastructure Partners, the project comes at a challenging time for the region and represents a significant investment into the future of the local economy.   

What's the latest

The first stage of work on Lower Beach Street is now complete.  A huge thank you to all of the businesses affected by this work, you have been incredibly patient and understanding.   We appreciate there has been a lot of disruption over this period and we were thrilled that contractors were able to complete the work earlier than expected. 

Right now we're jointly working  with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to set up the   Wakatipu Transport Programme Alliance.    This alliance will deliver a number of crucial projects including the town centre upgrades, stage 1 of the town centre arterial, the NZ Upgrade Programme and part of the Active Travel network.   

The alliance model means we can achieve the best possible integration and customer focus to ensure the successful delivery of these projects for local businesses and the wider community. 

Once the alliance is set up, we'll engage comprehensively with town centre businesses on the  timing and sequencing of construction ahead of the busy holiday period.   Watch this space.

Our future streets

Our goal is to transform the Queenstown Town Centre into an inviting, family friendly and accessible space for everyone to enjoy. 

The upgrades will feature improved walking and cycling facilities providing a continuous link from the Queenstown Gardens to the Gondola.    Designed in line with the Queenstown Town Centre Design Guidelines, the upgraded streets will incorporate high quality materials and weave in local cultural  storytelling.    

Click below to read more details about what's planned for each street.   

  • Key features will include: 

    • A continuous 4-5m wide footpath   along the northern side of the street 

    • An improved 4m wide footpath on the southern side to interface with new hotel developments and Lakeview

    • New and existing street trees and plants.  

    • Rationalising carparking on the southern side of the street

    • Improvements near the Skyline building to prioritise pedestrian access and make pick-up / drop-off safer.  

    • Lower Brecon Street to become a low speed, shared space prioritising walking and cycling. 

    • New streetlighting and furniture to encourage social gathering.

    • Improvements to the Brian Smith Reserve 

    • Signalised intersection at Man / Brecon street

    • New  wayfinding signage

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  • Key features include: 

    • Upgrade to a shared, low speed environment that prioritises walking and cycling

    • New paving that embeds design elements to share local stories and history

    • New lighting and street furniture that links to mana whenua value of 'Oraka' meaning rest and re-cooperation 

    • A combination of new and existing street trees  and plants

    • New  wayfinding signage

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  • Key features include: 

    • Lower Beach Street will be transformed into a shared space that enhances its existing retail, event and social function. 

    • Upper Beach Street will remain pedestrian only however existing vehicle access (and via Cow Lane) will be maintained for deliveries and servicing of local business

    • New paving that embeds  design elements to share local stories and history

    • New bespoke lighting and street furniture that links to mana whenua value of 'Oraka' meaning rest and re-cooperation 

    • A combination of new and existing street trees  and plants

    • New wayfinding signage


    Lower Beach Street 


    Upper Beach  Street 

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  • Key features include: 

    • A 4m wide shared path connecting the town centre to the lakefront at Park Street

    • A dedicated cycle path through Hotops Rise. 

    • Widening the existing Horne Creek pedestrian bridge

    • New street lighting and  furniture 

    • New paving, new stone kerbs, stone setts at pedestrian crossings and exposed aggregate concrete footpaths.

    • New  wayfinding signage

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Working with local businesses and the community

Once the alliance is in place in early December, the plan is to engage comprehensively on the timing and sequencing of construction with affected business owners ahead of the busy holiday period. 

 Maintaining access to the town centre and supporting local business is crucial to the project delivery and we  are committed to working closely with you to achieve that.   

Get in touch

If you have any questions please email us at letstalk@qldc.govt.nz 

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