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North Wānaka wastewater and water supply upgrade

A major upgrade to north Wānaka’s wastewater system is underway, providing for current and future wastewater and drinking water capacity as growth in the area continues.

About the project What's the latest? Any questions?

About the project

This project is part of our plan to accommodate growth and provide more resilience across the district’s wastewater network.

The first stage of this project will involve:

  • The upgrade and replacement of existing wastewater pipes and lateral pipes that connect the public system to residential houses on Aubrey Road, from Rata Street corner down to the lakeside. 

  • Installing a new water supply pipe to connect to the existing pipe under Sir Tim Wallis Drive roundabout, as well as a new wastewater connection to the existing network near the Albert Town wastewater pump station.

There will be some disruption while this upgrade is underway, including partial and possibly full road closures and traffic diversions as the new pipe work is laid. However resident access will be maintained, including for rubbish and recycling services, and emergency vehicles. We’ll keep residents updated about disruptions as they arise. 

This work is expected to be completed by January 2023.

A new pump station is also planned as a later stage of the upgrade and work is underway to finalise the next steps for this part of the project.  

What's the latest?

We’ve completed the majority of work between Beacon Point Road and just past Bay View Drive. There are still a few remaining properties where crews need to connect household wastewater to the newly laid pipe, as well as reinstate the road surface. 

From Monday 11 July work will start on a section of Aubrey Road between Bay View Drive and Totara Terrace. Crews will be excavating, laying pipe and backfilling.

This section will be closed to through traffic. A detour will be in place which extends along Totara Terrace, Beech Street, and Beacon Point Road. There will be no left-hand turn from Bay View Drive onto Aubrey Road, and no left-hand turn from Totara Terrace onto Aubrey Road.

In addition to the wastewater pipe, a new stormwater pipe will be laid at the same time. This will extend the road closure until approximately October. We’re laying both pipes at the same time to keep the programme to the shortest time it can be and reduce the disruption. 

Work will also begin work on another section of Aubrey Road, near Lucy’s Way. A short section of road will be closed to through traffic, with a detour in place along Kidson Lane and Eely Point Road. There will be no right-hand turn out of Eely Way onto Aubrey Road. This work is expected to start Wednesday 13 July and take approximately two months. During this time crews will be excavating, laying pipe and backfilling.

Residents will continue to have access to their property and access for emergency vehicles and rubbish collection will also be maintained.

Our work hours will be between 7.30am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. As with any large construction project, there will be some disruption while this infrastructure upgrade is underway. However, every effort will be made to get the work done as quickly as possible and with minimal disruption.

The revised completion date for this entire pipeline project is expected to be Easter 2023.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 03 441 0499 or email 


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