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Queenstown Town Centre Street Upgrades

Work is underway to transform  Brecon Street, Rees Street, Beach Street, Park Street and Hotops Rise into high quality public spaces that are safe and accessible for everyone.

About the project A glimpse of the future What's the latest? Working with you Get in touch

About the project

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

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.   

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.   

Our future streets

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 recuperation.  

    • A combination of new and existing street trees  and plants

    • New wayfinding signage

    Lower Beach Street 

    Upper Beach  Street 

  • 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


What's the latest

The street upgrade programme is progressing well.   

While the recent Alert Level 4 lockdown, delays in material shipment and getting crews re-established under COVID-19 protocols set us back a little, the team did manage to make some gains over Alert Level 3 when they were able to go back to work while most shops were still closed.

We’ve been working closely with the contractors to agree how to keep up the momentum and hit some milestones ahead of the busy summer trading period.  As a result the teams are working onsite for extra hours and over weekends, and are looking at all opportunities to complete quiet work, such as laying pavers, at night time

Park Street + Hotops Rise

We’re creating a generous five-metre wide shared walking and cycling path along Park Street and a new cycle path along Hotops Rise.  Underground services are being replaced at the same time to futureproof the water, wastewater and stormwater networks.  

The upgrade of Park Street is expected to be complete by Christmas 2021. 

We’ve been doing a lot of work to consider our options for the new cycle path along Hotops Rise.  Earlier in the year we pressed pause on this part of the project as we realised the new path would result in the removal of a large number of trees.   We’ve now determined our preferred approach and a plan to replant the area in native trees and shrubs.   This will go to Council for  a final decision in October.

We’ve pulled together some FAQ’s on this part of the project which can be read below.  

If you have any further questions, please get in touch  and we’ll provide an answer as soon as we can. 

Hotops Rise Cycle Path and Native Planting Plan - Frequently Asked Questions 

Upper Brecon Street + Man Street

The purpose of the work underway on Man Street (between Brecon Street and Camp Street) is to upgrade the water, wastewater and stormwater network to support the future Lakeview development.

The upgrade of Brecon Street starts on Monday 27 September.  It will provide new underground services and a generous footpath to provide a safe and welcoming experience for the thousands of people who visit that part of the town centre each year.

During the upgrade, Brecon Street will be closed to through traffic with access only available for pedestrians, business drop off and pick up and mobility parking.  This work is expected to take around one year to complete.    

Work on Brecon Street will stop between 24 December and 10 January 2022.

Upper Beach Street

Upper Beach Street will become a high-quality pedestrian environment with new lighting and street furniture.  All underground services are being replaced to future-proof those networks.

The Upper Beach Street services will be complete and a concrete surface poured ahead of Christmas, ready for paving early in 2022. The street will reopen and be left as clear as possible over the holiday period.

Lower Beach Street

Lower Beach Street will become a high-quality shared zone, where pedestrians are prioritised and vehicles can travel through slowly for deliveries and pick-up/drop-off of passengers. All underground services are being replaced to futureproof those networks. 

Lower Beach Street is on track to be paved in time for the busy summer trading period.

The first main concrete pour for the base of the new street will take place on Friday 24 September.

Working with local businesses and the community

 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.   

We're regularly engaging with businesses and property owners so any issues arising can be dealt with quickly.   If you live or operate a business in the town centre and have any concerns or questions about the construction, please do get in touch:

Catherine Edmeades - Communications and Engagement Manager – Whakatipu Transport Programme Alliance
Phone 021 235 0809 or via email:

Briefing presentation - 9 December 2020

On Wednesday 9 December we held five briefing sessions with the owners and managers of businesses and properties on the streets that will be upgraded.  This presentation included some details about the construction programme and how we'll work with businesses and residents to support them while the work is underway. 

We've provided the presentation below for anyone who couldn't make it along. 

>> View the presentation here

Get in touch

If you have any questions please email us at 

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